SOURCE: Washington Energy Services

Washington Energy Services

May 27, 2015 10:00 ET

Washingtonians Are Vocal About Their Relationships -- With Their Home That Is

Love It, Leave It or Fix It -- Survey Among Homeowners Reveals Attitudes and Desires for Improvements

LYNNWOOD, WA--(Marketwired - May 27, 2015) - Given a choice to love it, leave it, or fix it, Western Washington homeowners have mixed reactions -- and in some cases a love/hate relationship with their home. Washington Energy Services released findings from its semi-annual Northwest Energy Survey today, revealing respondents' attitudes about their homes as well as desires to upgrade the object of their sometimes affection.

Honeymoon Over or Just Getting Started?

Homeowners who have owned their home three years or less appear to be in a state of bliss with nearly 60 percent saying they have the home of their dreams or are proud to have visitors. This compares to all homeowners surveyed, where 41 percent say the same. Some 12 percent of respondents feel their home needs work, call it so ugly it's cute or simply a money pit.

Regardless of their relationship status, nearly 40 percent of survey respondents see room for improvement and are likely to make upgrades this year. And those age 25-34, who probably don't remember a home without remote control everything, are much more likely to make upgrades than their elder boomers (63 percent versus 37 percent). 

Upgrades That Tickle the Fancy

New windows and improved insulation or sealing are topping the list for homeowners this year. Other popular choices include roof repair or replacement and landscaping. Here's how all home energy improvements ranked among respondents:

   
Project Homeowners considering*
Windows 35%
Insulation and sealing 31%
Roof repair or replacement 31%
Landscaping or water management 23%
Heating system 22%
Tankless water heater 22%
Air conditioning 14%
Plumbing 13%
Siding 8%
*Of those who said they plan to make upgrades this year.
 

The Smart Money Is On Improvements

One in four homeowners believe they will save more than $500 annually by making energy-related upgrades. This may be just the incentive needed by the 23 percent of Puget Sound homeowners who aren't planning to make improvements because they say they can't afford it. It might also be the gentle push needed by the 44 percent who say they procrastinate when it comes to home repairs -- with 17 percent admitting they've been putting off repairs and home energy improvements for over three years.

Some Like it Hot

In all relationships, there's give and take, but when it comes to temperature control, the battle's on. Given the choice, 56 percent of male respondents would rather tolerate sweltering heat than suffer through freezing temperatures, compared to 45 percent of women who choose heat over cold. So it follows that more than a quarter of men are putting a heating system on their home upgrade list versus 18 percent of women. 

Men and women seem to agree on the home water temperature though. When push comes to shove, about 86 percent of all respondents reported that they'd prefer a three-minute hot shower to a longer shower that ends up cold. So it's little surprise that, of homeowners planning to make upgrades this year, 22 percent intend to switch to a tankless water heater. 

Buyer's Remorse?

Buying a home can be stressful and particularly so when problems are discovered after settling in. More than 50 percent of homeowners report that, after moving in, they discovered problems with their home that were not disclosed in the sale. The top three unpleasant surprises include exterior issues such as siding, windows, or roofing; problems with plumbing or water heaters; and difficulties with heating or cooling systems.

Survey Methodology

The Northwest Energy Survey was conducted online by Washington Energy Services among 1,065 homeowners, age 25+, living in Western Washington between Jan. 25 and Feb. 27, 2015 (survey results are weighted against the Washington State U.S. census projections for 2013 and percentages for some questions are based on a subset who responded to certain questions).

About Washington Energy Services

Washington Energy Services is a family owned business that has exclusively served the Puget Sound region since 1957. The company specializes in tailored solutions for homeowners looking to create a more comfortable, energy efficient home. Recognized by Puget Sound Energy as an Energy Efficiency Leader, Washington Energy Services provides a broad range of home energy solutions including home energy audits, heating and cooling, plumbing services and window and door installations. The company is committed to the region and giving back through its WESCare program that provides in-kind support to veterans in need and local nonprofit organizations. The company headquarters and showroom is located in Lynnwood, WA. More information on its products and services can be found at www.washingtonenergy.com or connect on Facebook.

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