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Is the green energy efficiency upgrade economically meaningful?

First, not every green or energy efficiency project can provide a significant rate of return or return on investment. Replacing carpets with bamboo flooring has perfect environmental significance, but it may not be justified by economic return calculations. Replacing a gravel driveway with a permeable pavement is an admirable retrofit project, but since the gravel is also permeable, the environmental impact may be negligible. Certain energy and green retrofit projects do not provide high ROI, but are still worthwhile for other reasons such as building durability, safety, and a healthier indoor environment.

In terms of the economic rationality of the deep energy-green transformation project, is there a way to determine whether the entire project should be able to pay for itself by saving energy, water and other resources? the answer is Yes If you understand the art and science behind modeling. The question of “how much energy or water a project can save” can only be answered by examining the recommended energy and water efficiency measures separately and grouping to determine the total amount of energy and/or water saving potential. You must also consider current and projected future costs of energy and water to compare net present value' overall project investment with idle costs, just paying for ongoing energy and water bills. [In fact: Most people don't understand that they are paying a high price every day for wasted energy, water and other resources, and this wasted money can and should be used to pay smart tax cuts.]

While it is almost impossible to predict how much our natural resources will rise in cost in the future, we can safely absorb our critical resources, such as natural gas, coal, oil, electricity, yes, even clean water, with Over time, the costs associated with scarcity rise. Therefore, it is wise to incorporate some form of price increase into your overall energy and water conservation model. Historically, the cost of traditional energy and water has risen over time in a fairly predictable manner and may continue to do so in the future. The actual extent or extent of these increases is in the speculative realm, but this unknown variable itself has made some people cautious and uncomfortable. In other words, the sharp increase in energy costs may and does occur, and the availability of clean water is becoming a concern worldwide.

On the other hand, with the complex test equipment and software available today, energy and water savings due to improvements can be determined. from

package ' to a very accurate degree. Discovering Deep Energy – It's not uncommon for a green transformation to generate a return on investment of 30% or higher, which is almost better than almost all other types of investments. In addition, if you consider energy supply systems, such as solar or wind energy systems, the continued cost of traditional energy sources drops even more… depending on the point where the renewable energy system produces enough site-based energy to offset The remaining monthly cost of energy. This is now called the “zero energy household”. Or a super energy efficient home. note : The minimum monthly or customer fees charged by some energy utilities cannot be offset by on-site energy production. The only way to avoid monthly customer bills is to completely disconnect from your energy utility provider, either disconnecting from the grid or leaving the grid.

There are many factors to consider when evaluating a large number of green and/or energy-saving retrofit options, and there are a lot of perspectives on best practices or avoidance practices. What is the best way to start? Since this article is about residential improvement, it is wise to spend time finding experienced Certified Home Energy Evaluators or HERS* Evaluators. Knowledgeable and experienced home energy assessors learn how to use the complex energy test equipment needed to assess the energy status of existing homes, whether it's an apartment, a single-family home, a multi-family house… or him/her Access the energy assessment software required to perform energy modeling to determine the most efficient set or "package." Provide the energy improvements needed for the target ROI.

Certified household energy mice also understand how to save water and how to get private financing for improvement programs such as Energy Efficient Mortgage [EEM] and Energy Improvement Mortgage [EIM]. [plus HUD's 203k loan and energy component] from

 But what if you are interested in adopting green products and technologies, or if you want to get a residency certification through a national green program, such as the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program or the NAHB National Green Building Standard? In this case, you will need to find a properly certified “Green Rater” or “Green Verifier” and be able to help you with other green decisions, such as:

  • Natural landscape / edible landscape
  • Renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic [PV] electrical systems or solar thermal [hot water or air] systems
  • Rainwater collection system and/or reservoir
  • Hybrid heating/cooling system
  • Advanced technologies such as home automation, daylighting, hydroponics and lists can be continuously developed

Please don't be desperate or overwhelmed, because even the most comprehensive and complex project ever has the answer. If you want to have the most energy efficient homes and built the latest and most powerful green features, then you need to choose the homes you choose. The team helps you design and build it.

Essentially, by letting others focus on your project, you gain the collective benefits of the team's experience and knowledge and incorporate it into your project. The formation of your own team is called the establishment of a “comprehensive design team” in the construction and engineering world. This universally recognized team's approach to creating innovative, cutting-edge projects can reward you with the best results. But how do you find, assemble, and schedule meetings with geographically diverse and talented members of your team? The answer is to find someone who is well versed in the design of charrettes, who are basically focused on the target meeting of your particular project or project set.

I hope this article will provide you with some new insights to help you understand how to help protect your self and your loved ones from rising energy prices and water shortages. Obviously, there is an article that will not answer questions I know, such as:

  • How to get or grow organic health foods
  • How to finance innovative homes in today's marketplace
  • How to charge your electric car [EV] for free using solar energy, etc.

This is the purpose of future articles. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and thank you for living a long, healthy and productive life.

* HERS – Home Energy Rating System [for more information on HERS, please visit RESNET.us]

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