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Energy Efficiency Could Be a Win-Win

Posted by Myles B. Brandt on 21 December 2009 | 0 Comments

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It's safe to say that most people could use a little break in their monthly expenses these days.  When investments go down in value, people focus on controlling what they can.  One thing you can control that can make a huge impact in your monthly expenses is energy efficiency in your home.  A small investment in improving energy efficiency can pay off big. Eco-Unit, an Energy Star Partner, offers a free evaluation of what you can do to make your house more energy efficient and can even tell you how much money you will likely save.  A few of the benefits:

  1. They typically decrease your electric bill by 20-50%, making an investment potentially highly profitable.
  2. There is a tax credit for 30% of the cost of eligible technologies such as certain windows, roofs, building insulation, etc. There is, however, a limit of $1,500.
  3. Knowing that you are saving money and helping the environment by decreasing your consumption of energy.

Resources:

Federal incentives for energy efficiency:

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/index.cfm?State=US&ee=1&re=0

Eco-Unit's home page:

http://eco-unit.org/ecounitresidential.htm

You will have to consider any recommendations carefully to make sure they are appropriate for you and how your house is built.

 


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