Green Saves Money
Many people consider going green to be expensive, but Jules DeVigne notes that going green can save you money
Going green is good for the environment and your bank account
When a homeowner is asked about going green, one of the more common responses is that making a home more environmentally friendly is both expensive and a waste of time. The prevailing thought for many years was that an item, such as an energy efficient appliance, would cost far more to purchase than that of any savings realized from using that particular item. This same attitude is carried over to the thought of any home repair or maintenance to make the home more eco-friendly. Yet the reality is that going green can actually save you money and put some cash back into your wallet over the long run.
Let's start by looking at what homeowners spend every year on their basic utilities. The average American household spends roughly $1,900 every year on heating, hot water, and electricity. (1) That's quite a bit of cash, and something that most homeowners think that they can do very little about to change. However, there are ways to make an existing home more energy efficient that will put cash back in your pocket. The first step that any homeowner can do is to put in appliances, such as a tankless water heater. It's estimated that such water heaters are 24-34% more energy efficient than standard storage tank water heaters for homes that use 41 gallons of water per day or less. (2) An important step in figuring out which appliances are right for your home is to contact an experienced building contractor, such as Devigne Developing in Breckenridge, Colorado, who can start guiding you through the process and inform you of all your options.