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How to outfit a structure with green technology economically

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 10:13

There are many ways to decrease the operating costs for a home, but making the right economical changes to a residence can help to limit the money that a family spends.

Going green has been proven to lower long-term costs for a residence, but some of the technology that is installed is expensive and requires a complete renovation of a home.

The Charleston Post and Courier reported that some builders have identified certain products that can help to both decrease long-term costs while also helping to limit the upfront expenditures for a family.

Building in a "green" way means constructing and outfitting a home with an eye toward energy efficiency, durability, comfort and better air quality. This may require the use of certain products like solar panels and windows that hold in heat and cold air in a more efficient manner, according to the news source.

Though these technologies used to be expensive, the abundance of products has led to cheaper and more efficient options on the market. A homeowner simply has to do research into what works best for their home, weighing both the upfront costs and long-term savings.

The Post and Courier reported that regardless of the green products that are used, the homeowner will see savings, usually within a period of five years - when the upfront costs are taken into account.

Certain products like Warmboard radiant heating systems - which lower long-term energy costs due to its efficient design - are easier to install than the systems that competitors offer.

The thin paneling of Warmboard heating systems allows for any type of flooring to be installed on top of the product, and a hardwood floor can even be nailed on top of it to limit the installation costs.

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