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Green Home Improvements in Boston and Worcester

09 May 2013

As the economy improves in Boston and Worcester, many homeowners are choosing to begin home improvements.  But when it comes to choosing how to approach your home improvement projects, consider how to make green home improvements.
Sustainable home improvements help reduce utility costs, they also make a house more appealing to potential buyers.

Did you know that new home buyers will offer 10% more for homes that are certified green? Return on investment for certain types of green improvements tends to be high, meaning sellers will get back much of the cost of the home improvement project when they sell the home. ROI should be the biggest factor in deciding what home improvement project to address first.

If you’re looking for eco-friendly home improvements:

Switch to a solar water heater – Switching to solar power for heating water can be a huge energy and money-saver. Solar hot water systems rely on free energy from the sun to heat a home’s hot water. A typical system can use 50% to 80% less energy than traditional heating systems. That reduction can help a typical household trim its annual energy costs by 10% to 15%.

Replace an old HVAC system – In the typical home, up to half of total energy consumption goes to heat and cool the house. Replacing old, inefficient air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems with newer, more efficient models can dramatically reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs.

For more information, contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.

Excerpts Clarksville Times