Green $ense For the Home: How to Pay for and Profit from 50 Green Home Projects
Eric Corey & Kevin Daum
Taunton Press, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
dopting a green lifestyle is currently the
thing right now, but not everything labeled
is really cost effective or worth the effort to adopt.
Green $ense For the Home
by Eric Corey Freed and Kevin Daum rates fifty green home projects to see what type of payoff each one offers.
he authors provide different perspectives for each project analyzed. Freed discusses why a project is good for the home and the environment, plus he explains how to accomplish the job and what resources will be needed.
aum represents the opposite of the coin. He discusses what each project will cost and what it might save the homeowner in the long run. Daum also assesses the practical pitfalls for each project.
sing this approach of weighing the green benefits vs. cost and practicality gives the reader some idea of what lays ahead if he or she decides to embark on insulating pipes, weatherizing the house, or installing a solar system.
his handy guide is divided into three sections based on the amount of time each project will take to complete. There are jobs that can be done relatively quickly in a day or so, others that will take longer, like weeks or months, and, finally, ideas for those who are planning on building a new house, contemplating an addition or perhaps embarking on a major make-over of a room like the bathroom or kitchen.
ou'll find handy icons for each project that offer crucial information such as overall cost vs. green benefits, a job difficulty rating, and specific environmental gains such as water or energy saving.
hether it is something simple like installing a water saving shower head or adding a clothesline in the backyard or something more complex, such as putting in a micro-hydro system that will allow you to harness the power from a stream or river that runs through your property, you'll want to consult this book before you begin.
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