Building an Economical Home – Your focus should be how long it takes you to recover the extra cost of upgrading any of the materials or systems in your home. You need to decide if it is better to pay for that now or budget for a new replacement down the road.
New Homes built today are twice as energy-efficient as homes that built in the 1970’s (only 40 years ago). The standard materials we use and the equipment we install today lasts longer and have a smaller environmental footprint.
Tip #5: Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).