How Would You Spend $1,000 on Green Home Improvement?

| 6/23/2009 1:17:26 PM

Say you had $1,000 to invest in green home improvement — how would you spend it? 

Don't worry about where the money came from — if you must, say you earned it, or it came from the green home improvement leprechaun.

Would you buy new, energy-efficient windows? Or bamboo flooring for the living room? What about more insulation for the attic to help lower your heating and cooling bills? What about an on-demand water heater? Or perhaps an upgrade for the exterior of your house, such as a new paint job or fiber-cement siding? Speaking of paint, would you add new color to rooms with low- or no-VOC paint? Would you want new, energy-efficient appliances, such as a new refrigerator? In general, would you want to focus on energy-efficiency improvements to help you save money over time? Or aesthetic improvements you can feel good about?

Obviously $1,000 may not cover all expenses for some of these projects, especially at a large scale. But take a second to daydream: If you were handed a grand of green to make your home more green, what would you most want to do? Share your daydreams by posting a comment below.

emily miller
1/19/2011 5:20:39 AM

I would love love love to put solar tubes in my dark but fabulous exposed brick walled den and french doors that stepped out onto a pergola patio/deck-I'm easy, to lighten up a dead on southern exposure room with passive solar heat since I already placed peacock pavers over the floor. The room is almost 1000', magazine view worthy cause I did it myself. If there were a little left, perhaps repair the mortar inside the brick fireplace with a mantle from the 1903 worlds fair. The room has a mural I painted of a stone wall, stained doors from the Fair, and vintage and modern appeal with leather wood and antique columns cast against the wall as though they simply fell there. 1000$ goes a long way if you are willing to do some work and use the suns natural abilities to fuction. PS. I could build a tromb wall on the outside of the southern exposed brick wall which would top it off, but I have the supplies for that. It would be the most awesome girl built green room ever!

Floyd Johnston
2/25/2010 7:35:43 AM

Being someone who rents, and If I could find a piece of land to build a yurt on this is where I'd start. Then I'd start with a solar/wind/battery electrical system, along with a way to provide water and sewage disposal ie:compost toilet or septic system and hopefully a clear stream nearby or a well.

2/19/2010 11:44:34 PM

Annabelle check out William McLarneys book Freshwater Aquaculture : A Handbook for Small Scale Fish Culture in North America pub in 6/2000 and this site Best of luck

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