Posts Tagged ‘energy-effiiciency’

What if home improvement paid you back?

April 20, 2011

Each year, Remodeling Magazine and Realtor Magazine team up to produce the Cost vs. Value report.  The study looks at remodeling costs and resale value for more than 30 common home improvement projects.  But the report is missing one thing.  What about payback?

Many of the projects could be tweaked just a little to include some energy efficiency improvements at the same time. It’s a super-smart time to add these steps while drywall is already off and walls are already open – you cut the dust and prices later over doing these same improvements as stand alone projects.  These upgraded projects would potentially add not just value, but offer savings through reduced energy costs.

Check out this payback case study from Chicago.  The example shows how a few extra project steps could really save money through energy savings.  Let the examples inspire your own home remodeling projects!

Enterprise Communities

May 1, 2009

One of the groups at the ACI conference was Enterprise Community Partners.  They’re doing great work with green communities and affordable housing.   As they ask/state on their website, What would you sacrifice to heat [or cool] your home?  Groceries?  Health Care?  Rent?  With energy-efficient affordable homes, families don’t have to make desperate trade-offs.

The neat thing is how they are demonstrating that energy-efficiency makes sense in affordable housing and communities.  And if it can (and it certainly can!) be done in low-income housing, it can be done in the rest of housing, too!


Amory Lovins Makes Sense!

March 9, 2009

Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the man who 30 years ago inspired me to move into energy-efficiency, makes just as much sense today.  And his arguments seem more powerful and urgent than ever.  Check out this brief interview in the WSJ.  [Thanks to Larry Zarker of BPI for pointing it out!]


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