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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 1/8/2007


this an excerpt from full article posted in green building forum.

Your Home: Is 'going green' worth the cost?
The eco-friendly house (and renovation) has gone mainstream. But is it really worth the cost?
Money Magazine
By Sarah Max, Money Magazine contributing writer
January 3 2007: 9:54 AM EST

(Money Magazine) -- Jason and Kelly Joseph don't drive a hybrid car. They don't shop exclusively in the natural foods aisle. And they don't lose sleep worrying about global warming.

But their house, a 2,800-square-foot Craftsman near Grand Rapids, would make the Environmental Defense Fund proud. Jason and Kelly Joseph, with son Alex, love the money-saving benefits of their new 'green' house.

The walls are insulated with draft-stopping foam; the floors are covered in wood from a sustainable forest; and the rooms are decked out with nontoxic paint, just to name a few of its earth-friendly features.

The Josephs weren't planning to go green. But when their builder described the benefits - lower heating and cooling bills and better indoor-air quality - they agreed that it was worth adding $10,000 to their total tab.

"If you're building a house as a lifelong investment, it just seems like the right thing to do," says Jason, 32. And only a year after the house was completed, many of the upgrades are already beginning to pay for themselves, he notes. "Our friends' energy bills were almost double ours last winter."

A decade ago most people associated environmentally-sound home building with unsightly solar panels and bad water pressure. That's no longer a worry........

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