When in search of a new place of residence, people often have a set list of requirements in mind that need to be met in order for them to purchase the property. Whilst many look for appealing design elements, such as a cozy fireplace or a lovely open-concept layout where they can bring their interior design skills to bear, others are more interested in practical features, like a well-equipped kitchen, a functional workshop or energy-saving solar panels.
While the last-named feature might seem quite costly at first glance, the economic advantages over the years of use are undeniable, since solar panels can eventually return their value several times over. Even if it requires a bit of space to store the energy, it’s still an environmentally-friendly solution, which reduces the collective reliance on fossil fuels, helps avoid greenhouse emissions and overall helps make a better world for future generations to live in.
If we managed to pique your interest in this regard, you might want to take a look at a few Canadian homes currently up for sale with solar panels installed:
#1 8897 Pepperell Street, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, $379,900
Kickstarting our list is this beautifully-designed 6-bedroom, 2-bath home situated in the St. Peter’s real estate market, in the southern part of Cape Breton Island. The magnificent property with meticulously-maintained grounds offers scenic views over Bras D’Or Lake and Handleys Island. The 7 solar panels on the rooftop provide the home with in-floor basement heating during the winter months and hot water during sunny summers. Despite being somewhat weather dependent, the solar panels are able to give the home reliable and clean energy.
#2 3723 50 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, $495,000
Situated in the desirable cottage district of the Sylvan Lake real estate market, steps away from the lakeshore, this 6-bedroom, 3-bath home will surely charm you from the first moment you step inside. Although it looks quite humble from the outside, its interior is elegantly furnished with high quality pieces and modern appliances. The solar panels situated above the double garage ensure a steady flow of free hot water, which greatly contributes to lower monthly heating bills.
#3 171 Brigade Drive, Hamilton, Ontario, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, $499,700
Next up we have a fine example of Barnstown real estate, which is part of a highly sought-after southern suburb of Hamilton. It lies just across from a lush, green park and a school and also comes with well-maintained, private grounds. The home comes with solar panels which produce so much energy that you could even potentially gain some extra income from them. Although the house could maybe use a few upgrades, it also offers many benefits along with a wide range of opportunities for new owners to put their stamp on it.
#4 2027 St Charles Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, $589,900
This block-like suburban house, part of the Exhibition real estate market of Southern Saskatoon, is very nicely appointed inside and would suit a large family. The large property actually has two separate living quarters, ideal for anyone wanting a nanny or their in-laws living right next door. Plus, it has been adapted to be energy-efficient, reducing its carbon footprint. The pair of solar panels located between two windows of the front façade supply the home with some of its heating, which will be very welcome, especially considering the size of this house.
#5 3613 Green Brook Road, Regina, Saskatchewan, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, $999,900
Concluding our list is this million-dollar piece of Greens on Gardiner real estate, situated in a popular suburb in the eastern periphery of Regina. The impeccable 2,335-square-foot property is impressive inside and out and was constructed just 3 years ago. The 5.3 kW solar panel system—which is just visible on the roof—harnesses valuable energy that greatly reduces the property’s running costs. This type of solar panel system is not too expensive to maintain and works in conjunction with a natural gas heating system.
Keep in mind that these are only a handful of examples of Canadian homes boasting energy-efficient heating systems. Don’t hesitate to browse on through the Canadian real estate market for more options. Have you ever considered investing in solar panels? Would you be especially impressed if a property you were considering buying had them already installed? Feel free you share your opinions with us in the comments section below!