Home Sweet Home: Still a Great Investment.


OK, I know, I’ve said it before.  But the ARRA tax credits  have been getting a pretty fair amount of press in recent weeks. This Times article, for example, does a good job of summarizing some of the incentives the Act puts forward. Based on my discussions with people, it’s clear to me that many homeowners are aware that now may be a good time to put in those high E windows, or install that solar thermal hot water system.

But, what few folks realize is that, in today’s economic climate, saving energy in your home might offer about the best combination of return and security you can get on money you’re looking to invest. The bigger picture goes beyond just taking advantage of tax credits.

Here’s the gist of what I’m thinking: Why settle for a 1 or 2% return on a CD, 0.25% on a Money Market Account, 0.5% on a T-Bill, or risk losing money in the stock market, when you can get a secure 8% or better return on money you invest in making your home energy efficient? Bonus benefits are: your home is more comfortable, safer,  ‘greener’, has higher resale value, and you can take advantage of the ARRA federal tax credits.

The confluence of these energy-efficiency tax credits, today’s improved technology and installation practices, rising energy prices, and a rotten set of investment choices, simply makes investing your home one of the best things you can do with your money.

And GreenHomes offers our customers a 25% energy savings, minimum.  Some see 50% or better.  Ben Franklin said a penny saved is a penny earned.  I sure he’d be excited about savings thousands of dollars, and you should be to!



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