Do Deep Green-Energy Efficiency Upgrades Make Economic Sense?

by Helmut Eder

There is a national effort underway to determine if deep (extensive) energy and/or sustainable retrofits are cost-justified. There have been multiple surveys taken over the years that have asked questions like; ‘Do you think preserving the environment is important’ or ‘Is protecting the environment important to you’ and the answer is typically and predictably ‘yes’. However, when the feel-good idea of preserving the environment encounters the reality of investing cold, hard cash in order to reduce consumption of energy, water or other important resources, many people opt to not move forward unless there is some assurance that the money would be well spent. Are there ways to find out in advance if improvements make economic sense before spending the $$$? Let’s take a look…

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