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Reduce, Reuse, Remodel

REDUCE, REUSE, REMODEL ECO-FRIENDLY HOME UPGRADES THAT PAY YOU BACK With energy costs rising by an average of 6 percent every year, what's a homeowner to do? Green-ovate! After paying for themselves, many green home improvements have a return on investment that far outperforms CDs, savings accounts, and the stock market. If you're looking for a place to put your money, these home improve- ments have the highest rate of return. ANNUAL SAVINGS PAYBACK TIME 20-YEAR SAVINGS ADDED COST Note: The estimates below are a refiection of buying cach upgrade system at full price. Homeowners can save even more by taking advantage of local or national tax incentives for certain upgrades or by leasing systems Such as solaar SOLAR HOT WATER o$280 Channeling water o$5,600 from rooftop panels 088 yrs to an existing tank o$2.500 limits the energy used to heat water. GREEN ROOF O$800 Plant-filled flat O$16,000 rooftops limit water 010 yrs run-off and provide o$8.000 greater insulation that saves energy- SOLAR FOR ELECTRICITY SMART ROOF O$1,200 Converting sunlight o $60.000 into electricity can o 10.8 yrs dramatically cut O$13.000 energy costs. Grants o$300 "Smart shingles or O$6,000 reflective or metal O67 yrs roofing limit the heat that's trans- ferred in attics. O$2.000 and tax incentives now make it more affordable for the average homeowner. HIGH-EFFICIENCY SHOWER HEADS o$300 o$6,000 High-performance shower heads can SEAL DUCT LEAKS o$300 Sealed and insu- O$8.000 lated ducts make 01.5 yrs heating and cooling more efficient by limiting air lost as it travels. 00.8 yrs o$180 save as much as 40 percent of the water used in conventional o$450 showers. THERMAL MASS FLOORS LOW-EMISSIVE o$400 Flooring materials that hold tempera- ture better (such as ceramic tile) reduce demand on a furnace WINDOWS o$8,000 o$300 Low-emissive win- dows help reduce energy costs because they alter the way windows transfer heat. 07.5 yrs o$3,000 o$6,00 02.3 yrs o$700 or A/C. RADIANT FLOORS O$550 Radiant systems o$11.000 apply heat directly 073 yrs to floors and can o$4,000 decrease heating costs by as much as 40 percent. PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT O$180 Programmable o$3.600 thermostats can Os yrs automatically lower or raise tempera- tures to levels that os115 lower cost. INSULATED WALLS o$300 Properly-insulated walls contain fewer o$8.000 02.5 yrs Raps, saving energy and reducing utility costs. o$750 LARGE-SCALE WATER RETENTION/ CONSERVATION o$216 Rain water or grey- O $4.320 water collection o 10.2 yrs systems recycle O$2 200 water for irrigation or toilets, decreasing water costs. FURNACE REPLACEMENT WHOLE-HOUSE o$300 High efficiency. WATER FILTERS O$6.000 variable speed, or GEOTHERMAL o $312 018 yrs two-stage system o$1.145 Turnaces can cut heating and cool- ing costs. Filtration systems O $6.240 supply filtered water to every house faucet, cutting the cost of buying SYSTEM o$3,000 Geothermal systems O$E0.000 use the ground 010 yrs temperature to O$30.000 reduce the energy it takes to heat or cool a home. 0 12 yrs O $1.000 bottled water. One Block HOff the Grid SOURCE GREENANDSAVE.COM GROUP DISCOUNTS ON SOLAR HTTP://1800.ORG

Reduce, Reuse, Remodel

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With energy cost rising by an average of 6% every year, what's a homeowner to do? Checkout this infographic that tells all.


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