NEW! Over 65 green home improvement projects that will save energy, cut utility bills, boost home comfort, and help the environment.
Expert advice helps you zero in on the most do-able, highest payback green projects for your home.
Everyone is talking about “green” living — and there are a lot of good reasons to go green. Fuel costs are skyrocketing. Water shortages are spreading. Natural resources are being depleted. Illness is increasingly linked to building materials.
Here are 65 projects you can do – many of them yourself and at low cost – that will make a difference in your living expenses, health, and comfort – and help the environment.
This book, written by a leading authority and consultant to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network, makes it easy to choose the improvements that will mean the most to you and your home. You’ll see – at a glance – what each project involves, how much it costs and what the benefits are.
Flooring, paint, cabinetry, and countertops
Windows and doors
Insulation and weather-stripping
Roofing and siding
High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures – including Energy Star and WaterSense models
Solar electric and water heating systems
Plusses and minuses of wood and pellet stoves and fireplace inserts, and green choices for patios, decks, walkways, driveways, pools, landscaping… and much more.
Some improvements cost less than $5 – or nothing at all except a few minutes of your time. For professional installations, you’ll get cost estimates from RSMeans, the nation’s leading construction cost authority, to help you plan, budget, and prioritize.
Protect your family’s health by improving your home’s air quality, making life better for anyone with allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivities. And increase your home’s value with green improvements that command higher selling prices in a tight real estate market.
Includes more than 100 “Go Green” tips – super-quick, easy, often low- or no-cost things you can do right now to make your home and lifestyle greener.
You also get guidance for building a new home or addition – and practical advice on the best green products.
About the Author
Dan Chiras, nationally known green building expert, has published 23 books and hundreds of articles on green design and construction. A consultant to the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green Network, Dan also teaches at universities and advises homeowners, architects, and builders throughout the country. He carried out many of this book’s projects in building his own green home, featured in numerous magazines and on NBC “Nightly News.”