3 green remodeling myths debunked

January 15, 2012

"Going green" has become a political catchphrase, but that doesn't mean it takes an act of Congress to appropriate the funds for your green remodel. In fact, going green is cheaper than you might think, and the savings increase over time. Consider these myths:

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Myth: A green remodel is more expensive than traditional options.

Fact: There are some green products that cost more than their traditional counterparts; for instance, a solar water heater usually costs more than a traditional water heater. However, there are plenty of green options that don't cost much more, and they may have the added bonus of tax incentives and paying for themselves over time. For example, low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings on windows may cost about 10%-15% more than regular windows, but they reduce energy loss by as much as 30%- 50%, which can significantly lower energy bills.

Myth: I have to make the changes over my entire home.

Fact: The smallest change toward a greener home can save money on utility costs and benefit the environment. Simply changing the lightbulbs you use or adding more insulation to your ceiling and walls can make a difference.

Myth: "Green" doesn't equal "good."

Fact: In the first surge of green products to the market, there were some that didn't stand the test of time. However, green products have become much more reliable and affordable in the years since. Today, you can expect the highest standards of quality in your home remodeling products, whether they are labeled "green" or not.

With many green products now at prices comparable with traditional options, why not go the environmentally-friendly route? Whether you are installing bamboo flooring, a metal roof, or simply changing a lightbulb, going green doesn't have to mean shelling out a lot of green. Let your contractor know that you are interested in integrating green products into your remodel.





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