From Dean Dowd on June 17, 2010 in Green Remodeling
America is getting greener. Its an exciting development to watch, especially for the skeptics, the environmentalists, and the politicians. The skeptics are those who think that the so-called green revolution is nothing more than a group of overactive loudmouths. The environmentalists are those who have been trying for a long time to change the destructive lifestyle of millions of Americans. And the politicians are the people that have seen how a greener American can actually produce a better America. Now, everyone is getting the ideaAmericans really are remodeling green.
Recent studies have produced evidence that Americans are spending more than ever on energy-efficient features for their homes. Whats more, in just four years, analysts predict that the energy-efficient home improvement market will soar past the $50 billion mark. Thats a lot of money.
The reasons are quite simple. For one, being energy efficient means saving casha lot of it. Simple home improvements like caulking up cracks and tossing down insulation can create a 30-percent drop in home energy costs. Some homeowners, by virtue of a few small, inexpensive improvements, have slashed energy costs by 70 percent.
Another motivation for green improvement is government sponsorship. The Cash for Caulkers program is doing a great job in subsidizing remodeling projects and giving home improvers a tax break. Getting a tax break for saving money? Win-win.
Government sponsorship and money-saving are both laudable goals, but theres also another motivator for green remodeling. People are finally realizing that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone. With the Gulf fiasco continuing unabated, we all realize that the world is a fragile place. And the more careless we are, the worse it gets. If environmental responsibility and green remodeling are as easy as installing a CFL light bulb, who can say no to that?