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Economics and Lifestyle Benefits of Living Green

Published: Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Let’s face it, energy costs are rising and they will never come down. Therefore, one of the first things you should look at is the efficiency of your insulation and energy conservation.  If you have drafts, there is a good chance that you are spending more in heating and A/C costs than you should.  Having a professional evaluate your insulation, drafts and windows could save you money almost immediately and definitely over the long term.

The same happens to be true with your water heater, furnace and refrigerator.  Did you realize that your refrigerator, water heater and washer/dryer are some of the biggest energy suckers in your house?  It may cost some money to change out these items for more efficient ones, but the payback is very quick and easily calculated

With a few quick fixes, you may be able to save as much as 30 – 50% on your energy bills alone.  Call your electric and gas companies and see if they will do an evaluation for free.  We had this done a few years back and it really opened out eyes.

If you are building a new home, although it may cost a little more up front, building a green home can save you a fortune over the life of your home in terms of operating costs.  The problem most people have is that they don’t want to spend the money up front.  While I can appreciate that, especially in today’s volatile economy, you have to look at your long-term savings.

The old saying holds true, “you can pay me now, or you can pay me later, but sooner or later, you are going to pay me.”

Some other benefits to consider are in terms of comfort.  An integrated home design will result in comfort, an overall improvement in the health of the occupants, durability and energy savings.   A Green building will provide you large benefits in terms or performance over time, long term cost savings and peace of mind.

Finally, from a “good neighbor” viewpoint, Green homes and buildings reduce waste in landfills, pollution, water wastage, as well as, preserve the natural environment and help maintain your ecosystem inside and outside the home.  The more sustainable we can become as a culture, the better chance we have to leave our children and our children’s children a safe, clean environment.

Think long-term, do it to save money, protect your loved ones and improve our environment.

 

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