Category Archives: Financial Incentives & ROI

Ed Begley on Living Green

“According to Begley, the biggest misconception about living green is that it has to be expensive. “I didn’t have the money and I certainly didn’t want to get into debt,” he says. He made the cheap and easy changes first, and says he saved $300,000 over the past 40 years.”

Ed Begley

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Triple-Pane Windows Theory

A shockingly simple blueprint for big cities to save the planet without wrecking the economy.

Climate scientists have estimated that, in order to avoid runaway global warming, the world would need to cut its carbon emissions roughly in half by 2050. Since emissions in developing countries like China and India are still rising fast, meeting this target would require developed nations to aim for a figure more like 80 percent. When you consider that the United States, the largest polluter in the developed world, has no real strategy in place to achieve that—and that no binding international agreements appear to be on the horizon—the goal can start to sound nigh impossible.

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Energy Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings

Save Green on Your Taxes! — Select your state at this site and see which energy financial incentives (tax breaks and grants) are available to you from your state, local, and federal gov. Here is another calculator you can use as well!


Going Green & Saving Big: In The Home

Many consumers and home owners overlook the major savings possible when you go green. Believe it or not there is hundreds of extra dollars that can be accumulated through buying and conserving in an environmentally conscious way. Through practicing the old three R’s “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle” you can save a substantial amount of money. Below is a list of the most effective methods to go green and save big in your home.

• Strive not to over utilize your air conditioning units during the summer. Invest in ceiling fans and open windows on cooler days.

• Switch off lights in your home when you’re not in the room. It saves power and the bill.

• Install energy saving efficient light bulbs and try to incorporate as much natural sunlight into your home as possible.

• Use double sided skylights.

• During cold weather apply weather strips to doors and windows.

• If it’s room in your budget consider alternative home energy sources such as solar and wind sustainable powered energy.

• Instead of standard buy sustainable home products.

• Gather up your old electronics and recycle them. Some stores give you discounts or free upgrades when you recycle certain items like cellular phones.

• Purchase organic healthy foods. Although, it may seem to be pricey in the long term it will save you money than buying processed foods that can make you potentially sick.

• Take the time to routinely clean your refrigerator gasket.

• Invest in an eco-friendly showerhead with low pressure.

• Invest in a flash water heater to save half on your heating utility bill.

• Don’t buy disposable towels and napkins. Use cloth versions instead.

• When it’s possible cook in your toaster oven instead of your regular oven. It saves on energy.

• Set-up a solar water heater on your roof. This investment can earn you tax credit.

• Unless you have a certified energy efficient dishwasher try to wash dishes and dry by hand.

• Shut off your computer printer when its not in use. At night before bed shut off home PC from the power-strip to reduce waste.

• Recycle florescent light bulbs at local hardware stores to help the environment.

Remember, there is always something you can do to conserve and save around the house. Add two or more of these savvy green tips to your daily life and make a positive impact on the world.

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Almost Makes You Feel

- that the US is finally taking the environment (or at least the gas crisis) seriously:

From AutoblogGreen:

States pay drivers to replace their older cars

Considering that the legacy left behind by American car companies has little to do with being clean, there seems to be an increased sense of urgency by some U.S. states to replace the older fleet of vehicles with newer, and therefore cleaner, vehicles. The states with the two largest vehicle fleets, Texas and California, have both implemented new programs which offer cash-based incentives to owners of older vehicles which fail current emissions testing. In Texas, up to $3,500 is offered towards a vehicle three-years old or newer, though income restrictions do apply. In California, there is no maximum income number, though the far-left state is a bit less generous, offering $1,500 towards the purchase of a replacement vehicle.

Canada is also getting in on the act with a program slated to begin on January 1 of next year. In a move close to our hearts, the incentive is applicable to new vehicles, new bicycles or even bus passes. Sadly, the value is a rather low $300. Way to go Canada; perhaps upping the ante a bit would make the program a bit more meaningful.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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