Although we agree a lot of this media attention (including our own) could be a bit of excited hype, we're convinced that this is the right sort of hype, helping everyday people and families realize that making smart choices can downsize energy bills, health costs, and boost quality of life. Because living green is like exercise...even a little here and there in your life helps!
Eco-friendly home renovation is definitely a buzz word these days (alongside everything "green" and "environmentally friendly"). But does renovating using eco-friendly materials and services make sense economically? A CNN Money article titled Your Home: Is 'going green' worth the cost? points out that projects may only cost between 2 percent and 4 percent more than standard construction (although we've read figures around 5 to 20 percent more from other resources), and the benefits are often subsidized with tax credits on the state and federal level, easing the burden of initial investment.