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It's Easy Being Green

By Steven Chandler Hall

Building your home with benefits for you and respect for the planet.

Today, many homebuilders want to build projects that protect their environment. Happily, the savvy homeowner can design a house that, at little or no cost, provides the rewards of a healthier environment and lower utility bills. Indeed, many measures launched out of concern for the environment will deliver better results than those provided by traditional products and methods.

Photo courtesy of Chandler, LLC.

Some features—like solar panels or geothermal heating and cooling systems—are initially more expensive. But using them may lead to a relatively rapid payback with offsetting rebates and as energy prices escalate. The solar option can provide other benefits such as emergency backup power that replaces the need for diesel generators.

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