At least that's the premise behind "Living green, by design" in yesterday's LA Times.
In the article, Abigail Goldman profiles two very different green building/remodeling projects: a brand-new 2,200 square-foot dream house in Laurel Canyon and a 1,000 square-foot green remodel in Pasadena.
The point? It's possible to spend a fortune building green, but it's also possible to make smaller, more affordable improvements that make a huge difference.
Well, because the majority of us don't have the luxury of spending $15,000 on an automated system to control lighting, heating, and air-conditioning, the story of Donna Sider's more attainable green remodel is compelling.
A few cool green facts from the article:
Donna's photovoltaic panels cost $12,500, but she paid only half that because of federal and city rebates.
A home fully equipped with Energy Star appliances uses approximately 30% less energy than a home with standard appliances. (Donna's new Energy Star refrigerator cost her $650, and she received a $150 dollar rebate from the city of Pasadena. She got a rebate on her "dual-flush" toilet as well.)
Make sure to read up on all the rebate programs currently available for energy efficient appliances. According to the LA Times, these rebates might not be around forever.