The Green Scene


5 Steps on Your Road to Solar Energy

Posted in How To by Teresa on October 20, 2008
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Two huge factors that prevent people from greenifying thier homes? Either they think it’s expensive or they think the process is simply too tedious. However, few people know that costs can definitely vary with photovoltaic systems — and the majority of solar installers will give you a zero-obligation quote based on your home. There’s no reason not to at least figure out how much it would cost.

And really? It’s not as complicated as it sounds. Here’s your quick and easy guide to going solar.

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Being Green in the Home

Posted in How To by Teresa on October 13, 2008
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Ever wonder how you could make your home more green?
Built It Green Home Tours offers self-guided tours of family homes that were built with the environment in mind. From solar electric systems to bamboo flooring, these houses are top-to-bottom green-friendly. With the purchase of a $20 guidebook, you can take a free tour and figure out how to go eco-conscious — whether you’re on a budget or not.

Why go green at home?
Not only does it save the environment, but it’s saving you cash too. For every $1 reduction in annual utility costs resulting from energy efficiency retrofits, the market value of a home increases by $10-$25 (Appraisal Journal). By making changes to your home, whether it means using recycled materials, installing better ventilation, or reducing construction waste, your home will require less maintenance, making your utility bills lower.

Who knew high efficiency dual-flush toilets could save the earth?