Home Improvements: It Pays To Go Green

Public awareness of environmental concerns is at an all-time high. People are participating in recycling programs, buying hybrid cars, building green homes and looking for ways to go green in every aspect of their lives. You can help homeowners who want to do their part too, but who are often discouraged by the high cost of going green.

Think Small

Going green isn’t an all or nothing effort. By helping homeowners make small steps over time, you can move their house in a greener direction without breaking their budget. A half-dozen things that can be done right now are listed below.

Light Bulbs

Replacing existing light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs is a simple and easy way to kick off their effort at going green. While buying the bulb will cost you a lot more money up front, we’re still talking a cash outlay of less than $5, and the long-term savings are worth the expense. Using a 15-watt compact fluorescent instead of a standard 60-watt light bulb can save you about $30 over a bulb’s lifetime.

It will also put them ahead of the curve, as the process of phasing out the use of incandescent lights has begun.

Insulation

Reducing the amount of energy that a house uses is a great way to go green. Insulation, weather stripping and caulking can help homeowners reduce the amount of energy used to heat and cool their home, and reduce their monthly bills. Local governments often provide low- or no-cost programs that can help insulate a home.

Water

If a new shower head, faucet or toilet is needed, a low-flow model can help you advance efforts to go green.

Windows

Much of the heat loss that occurs from a home literally goes right out the window. When it’s time to replace old windows, energy efficient windows are the logical choice.

Original article – Financial Edge