My monthly issue of Professional Remodeler arrived in the mail today. The first page that caught my eye was the Editor in Chief, Jonathan Sweet’s editorial about ‘going green’ and how the phrase has been so over used. I couldn’t agree more.
Whether or not you believe in global warming, your carbon footprint or that we are destroying the earth, the truth is that building with energy efficiency, sustainability and using eco-friendly products are simply healthier, better for the environment and can cut thousands of dollars off your heating and water bills. I’m just tired of hearing about “going green.” The term “green building” or “green remodeling” implies that it is simply a trend and we know that trends don’t last, but with the appeal of saving money while living in a healthy environment, it is much more appealing.
High density insulation and energy-efficient appliances, windows and heating systems are more costly than the other options, but cutting your heating bill and saving hundreds of dollars every year more than pays for it.
So the next time your friends start to boast about all the eco-friendly building materials that were used for the construction of their new home, the bamboo and cork flooring, the energy-efficient appliances in the kitchen, the low VOC paint and carpeting and the solar panels installed on the roof, try not to show how green with envy you are.