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Going green at home can save you money

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Whether you carpool, or recycle, preserving the environment is as popular as ever. 

If you’re looking to leave your green mark on the world, try starting at home.

Jane Covey and her husband live in their dream home. Originally a barn, they transformed it into their own, energy-efficient castle. Jane Covey said they became concerned about climate change and energy use from an economic and environmental standpoint, and that started their journey to live green.

Peter Taggart specializes in building "green" homes by using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED. It’s a nationally recognized program that recognizes sustainable building practices.

"A more efficient boiler, better-quality windows and more insulation in the walls and roof definitely has a payback," Taggart said. "You can model that in energy-modeling software and we’ve seen it in the fuel bills of our customers."

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Get out your checkbook, though. Experts say that in order to save money long-term, you have to dish it out in the short term.

Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks said building an energy-efficient or environmentally-friendly home will cost you more up front, but reminds those interested in going green to think long-term. She said you’ll save money on energy bills each month while living in your home, and the savings will stack up from there, especially seasonally.

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Jane Covey said the fireplace in their home is basically a wood stove. It circulates heat throughout the house rather than drawing the heat out of the house and up the chimney. They also have an on-demand water heater, solar hot water, radiant heat flooring, and a lot of recycled wood from the original construction.

These are just a few things that will contribute to the green construction market that’s expected to top $100 million by 2018. If you can’t afford to go green all at once, experts say to update your home in stages. These changes also will increase the re-sell value of your home.

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