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While the debate over climate change rages on, energy-efficient features have become a key attraction for today’s home buyers. The National Association of Realtors’ 2009 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that nearly 90 percent of buyers considered heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. “One of the things that we as advocates of energy efficiency have been encouraged by is a change in home buyers’ and homeowners’ attitudes towards energy efficiency,” says Kateri Callahan, the president of the Alliance to Save Energy.

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