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Green products: solar panels, wind generators, Energy Star appliances, LED bulbs

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:12 AM
 
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My BIL is currently rehabbing a 1950's Cape Cod into a green home. Everything they are using is 'green'. They are adding solar heat, a wind turbine, a green roof--meaning a GRASS or sedium roof, etc. Their 'modest'--their words--budget of $1,000,000 for the rehab is out of range for most people. They are also starting to get a lot of flak from the new neighbors because their house is really going to stick out like a sore thumb in their neighborhood.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Eastern Long Island
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My DH is a builder in the elite Hamptons. He has 4 new construction homes in construction now, all 8,000 sq ft or more. 2 of them are being built with geo-thermal heat-A/C, one is a LEED certified home.
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The uber-rich are willing to pay a premium to make themselves feel like they are green.
IMO an 8,000 sq ft SUMMER HOME isn't green no matter how you slice the pie.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Oz
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I've looked at a lot of "green" products while doing extensive renovations. Sadly, they're generally much more expensive than their counterparts. Not only that, but most of them are ugly as sin. Until the prices are competitive and until the products are actually attractive to use, it's not going to catch on that well -- at least in the renovations market.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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My tentative plan is to buy a few acres, put a small manufactured home on it until I can afford to build a home that is ecofriendly/green as much as possible.

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