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The Smith home is equipped with many green features, including energy-efficient kitchen appliances, LED and solar tube lighting and a large portion of
the house is built underground.
have to kick on very much," says Joan Smith.
She works from home, out of an office in the main
room downstairs, while her husband's office is located in
a smaller room. There are two additional bedrooms and
bathrooms, a storage room and a basement downstairs.
Green building, from a cost perspective, already has
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saved the Smith's significant monthly expenses.
"We're at an age, we want to minimize the amount
of maintenance it will take for us to live in this house,"
says Joan Smith. "It's maybe not this year that we will
see the value, but I know that in several years, we will
see the value."