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Green $ense For the Home: How to Pay for and Profit from 50 Green Home Projects    by Eric Corey & Kevin Daum order for
Green $ense For the Home
by Eric Corey
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Taunton Press, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Adopting a green lifestyle is currently the in thing right now, but not everything labeled green is really cost effective or worth the effort to adopt. Green $ense For the Home by Eric Corey Freed and Kevin Daum rates fifty green home projects to see what type of payoff each one offers.

The authors provide different perspectives for each project analyzed. Freed discusses why a project is good for the home and the environment, plus he explains how to accomplish the job and what resources will be needed.

Daum represents the opposite of the coin. He discusses what each project will cost and what it might save the homeowner in the long run. Daum also assesses the practical pitfalls for each project.

Using this approach of weighing the green benefits vs. cost and practicality gives the reader some idea of what lays ahead if he or she decides to embark on insulating pipes, weatherizing the house, or installing a solar system.

This handy guide is divided into three sections based on the amount of time each project will take to complete. There are jobs that can be done relatively quickly in a day or so, others that will take longer, like weeks or months, and, finally, ideas for those who are planning on building a new house, contemplating an addition or perhaps embarking on a major make-over of a room like the bathroom or kitchen.

You'll find handy icons for each project that offer crucial information such as overall cost vs. green benefits, a job difficulty rating, and specific environmental gains such as water or energy saving.

Whether it is something simple like installing a water saving shower head or adding a clothesline in the backyard or something more complex, such as putting in a micro-hydro system that will allow you to harness the power from a stream or river that runs through your property, you'll want to consult this book before you begin.

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