Sherry Littlejohn: Hi, I am Sherry Littlejohn with Wells Fargo and Company. Today we are discussing how you can go green with your next home improvement project.
If you are like many home owners, you may be a bit confused about what it actually means to go green and whether you even should. Green building and remodeling is still relatively new to mainstream markets, so it may cost a bit more upfront. But good news is that environmentally responsible choices could provide great benefits down the line, both for you and for the environment.
Energy and water conserving appliances may reduce your fuel bills as early as the first month you use them, and many green products may last longer and cost less to maintain than standard alternatives over time.
You'll also be happy to hear that there is a wide variety of potential tax incentives, rebates, discounts and grants available to environmentally conscious consumers.
The federal government may offer credits towards certain energy efficient appliances pr products. Also, check whether your state and local government or local utility companies provide tax incentives.
Green remodeling can conserve resources. This is the agile idea of Waste Not, Want Not. You can do your part by selecting products from sustainable sources. Consider buying water saving appliances, toilets and faucets or choosing recycled products.
These eco-friendly projects can also conserve energy and reduce waste. By making your home more energy efficient, you could reduce your use of fossil fuels and reduce energy cost in the process. There are many ways you can do this.
Consider installing insulated double or triple glazed glass windows, adding insulation in the ceiling, updating the HVAC system and buying appliances that bear the EPAs energy star rating.
Recycling left-over construction materials is very important too. This can help keep debris out of overflowing landfills. By taking a green approach to remodeling, you can also ensure a healthy indoor environment. Fresh air ventilation and natural light can make any room more comfortable.
Green remodeling projects also focus on using non-toxic or low-toxic materials that reduce off gassing of chemicals into the air. If you go green with your next home improvement project, you can save money.
Help the environment and have a healthier home.