Scenic of Denver Colorado skyline, with Rocky Mountains in the background and City Park Lake in the foreground.
Scott Carlin Scenic of Denver Colorado skyline, with Rocky Mountains in the background and City Park Lake in the foreground.

It turns out the markets that need to get their carbon footprint in check more than others are also the ones most likely to have homes featuring eco-friendly amenities.

An analysis from Zillow revealed there was a correlation in the size of a city's carbon footprint and the number of homes for sale that listed green features. The home listing site looked at listings for homes in the 100 largest cities in the U.S. for any of 79 energy- or eco-friendly-related items like solar panels, double-pane windows, and energy-efficient appliances.

In general, California cities top the list for energy-efficient homes, but not for low carbon footprints. Of the 100 largest cities nationwide, San Jose (24.1%) has – by far – the greatest share of home listing descriptions featuring energy efficient terms. Next on the list were Sacramento (14.2%) and Fresno (14.2%), also both in California. Overall, nine of the 10 cities with the most home listings that mention green amenities are in California, with the exception of Mesa, Ariz.

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