Many homeowners have a concern about the cost of green home remodeling—or what we call Sustainability. But, in fact it does not have to be much additional expenditure. And consider your benefits and incentives.
First, appreciate paying lower utility costs over time because a thoughtful greening of your home can increase efficiency by 30-60%. Second, a green remodeling project can mean lower mortgage payments through an energy efficient mortgage, accomplished by reducing your monthly energy bills. Third, in many markets, a high efficiency home means a higher resale value.
At both federal and state levels there are rebates for certain expenditures on energy efficiency, including even appliances, from some utility companies, state and federal government. In addition there are tax credits available at federal and state levels. Low interest loans for greening also mean considerably less long term cost for the investment. And there are state grants available for a portion of qualified “home performance” investments.
CONSUMER & SOCIETAL BENEFITS
Greening your home can mean a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment year round. It can also mean your project is more durable and stands the test of time with less maintenance over its life cycle.
Of course there’s the energy efficiency and utility bill savings, mentioned before.
And, if it’s important to you, your home will also leave a smaller carbon footprint and be more environmentally responsible, including for future generations.