The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - 92

GO GREEN, SAVE GREEN
Green homeowners can save significant amounts of
energy and money in the long term, but the upfront
costs of installing energy efficient features typically
are higher than costs associated with purchasing a
traditional home.
A projected savings comparison by EarthCraft, a
green certification program in the Southeast, reveals
that the purchase price and monthly payment is slightly
higher (about .9 percent on average) for an energy
efficient home, versus a traditional house.
But monthly energy costs are about 15 percent less
for homeowners who go green. Also, general monthly
expenses are 3 percent less than those for a traditional
house, according to EarthCraft.
Eddie Fort, president of PD&M General Contractors,
Angela and Mark Gess
were among some of the
first homeowners to buy a
house in the Mount Tabor
Meadows community in
Blacksburg.

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ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE SMITHS, Angela and Mark Gess no longer are nervous when they
receive their electricity bill each month.
The Bluefield, Virginia, natives moved to Mount Tabor
Meadows three and a half years ago from a 1950s Ranchstyle house in Bluefield. Their No. 1 criteria when they
found a Blacksburg home - no more wild electricity-cost
fluctuations.

a Moneta homebuilder, estimates 15 percent to
60 percent savings annually on electricity bills for a
4,500- to 6,500-square-foot energy-efficient house.
Homeowners may pay about $8,000 to $10,000 for
energy efficient upgrades to a new house, he says.
The payback period goal for many homeowners is
three to five years, Fort says. -JKB

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