Going Green - Website for Measuring the Costs, Savings and Return on Income of Green Repairs and Improvements
GreenandSave.com's slogan is simple and direct - "Saving Your Money and the Planet One Household at a Time." If you ever wondered whether a certain "green" repair or improvement was worth it, then this is the website is for you. It has calculations on the cost and potential savings for a variety of repairs and improvements. The site allows you to search on individual green repairs or improvements as well as certain grouped green repair and improvement projects like:
- The Green Tune Up: Tracks the cost and saving achieved by installing such items as programmable thermostats, standby power reduction devices, compact fluorescent lighting, water heater blanket, shower heads, seal duct leaks, energy efficient dishwasher, and water efficient toilets. (Cost $1,320 / Annual Savings $1,136 / Recapture Time 1.2 Years / 10 Year Savings $11,360 / ROI 96.5%)
- The Green Remodel: Tracks the cost and savings acheived from more extensive remodeling projects such as solar path lights, windows, skylights, insulated walls, insulated basement walls, insulated ducts, solar powered attic fans, replacement of light fixtures, on-demand water heater and much more. (Cost $15,814 / Annual Savings $4,348 / Recapture Time 4.5 Years / 10 Year Savings $43,480 / ROI 26.8%)
Although the costs and savings will vary based on a variety of factors including size of home, age of home, construction and style of home, etc., the site does offer extensive information on green homes and products which are adaptable or suitable for homes in St. Louis.
Reprinted by Permission of Ryan Shaughnessy / The Lafayette Report - All Rights Reserved (2010).