Check your return on investment
There are plenty of good reasons to go green. Your concern for the environment should be at the top of the list, but I would rank financial savings right up there as well. If you take a look at the big picture and do a bit of number crunching, you will see that going green does not necessitate having a lot of green.
GREENandSAVE.com has a few tools that will help you to calculate how you can save the environment while saving some of your hard earned cash in the process.
“GREENandSAVE.com is America’s leading free ‘Green’ home remodeling resource for anyone that wants to save money and the environment as well as create a healthier home and overall lifestyle,” says CEO Charlie Szoradi.
The GREENandSAVE website offers an RIO (return on investment) ranking system that helps you to calculate your long term savings for over 50 green home remodeling projects. When using this RIO calculator, you should keep in mind that the calculated savings are based on the difference between non-green and green options. For example, the RIO calculator shows that installing a programmable thermostat can innitially cost you $115 over a regular thermostat. The annual savings, however, could be as much as $180. Making this a savings of $1800 over a period of 10 years.
The GREENandSAVE website also offers a carbon counter and a 2009 family green guide with great tips for parents and children. Check how your home measures up and how you and your family can work as a team to make improvements for the sake of your health and the environment.