In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and give readers an edge when they sell their homes: Buyers are looking for energy efficiency, and they are also tuned into green health and environmental concerns.
The book's projects include quick and easy, low- or no-cost tasks — like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks or painting with insulating paint — as well as bigger-ticket items, such as installing a new energy-efficient heating system, windows or green flooring. The more than 65 "Go Green" tips highlighted throughout the book give readers ideas to make their homes and lifestyles greener.
- Green flooring and paint options
- Environmentally friendly cabinetry and countertops
- Whole-house insulation and weather-stripping
- High-efficiency heating and cooling
- Water conservation
- Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures, including Energy Star and WaterSense models
- Solar electric and water heating systems
- Eco-friendly roofing and siding
- Energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights
- Green materials for patios, walkways and driveways
- Landscaping and irrigation for water conservation and energy