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The Pros of Green Building
By Eric Corey Freed
Replacing your burned out light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs would prevent enough pollution to equal removing a million cars from the road. And natural light easily replaces the need for lights in the first place.

The energy savings alone in a green building could pay for green improvements several times over with a return on investment within one to seven years.

Technical Stuff

A $4 investment (per square foot) in building green nets a $62 benefit (per square foot) over 20 years:

    *    Estimated health and productivity benefits: $46

    *    Operations and maintenance: $8.50

    *    Energy savings: $5.80

    *    Emissions savings: $1.20

    *    Water savings: $0.50

You Can Take Advantage of Tax Incentives and Rebates When You Build Green

All 50 states in the U.S. now offer hundreds of rebates, incentives, and programs to promote green building practices. On the federal, state, and local levels, these programs are designed to save you money. From rebates for solar panels, to incentives for purchasing Energy Star appliances, money is available for you to do the right thing for the planet. (More on finding rebates)

Green Buildings are Beautiful

The recent popularity in green building has brought with it innovative advances in materials. Some of the most unusual, beautiful, and interesting new materials have been green ones.



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