The Real Cost of Going Green

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-20T22:39:48Z

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If you switch windows, doors and skylights to products qualified as Energy Star-compliant by the EPA and the Department of Energy, you can reduce energy bills and carbon footprints by 7 percent to 15 percent, according to Energy Star. The EPA says a typical home that replaces single-paned windows with Energy Star products will save $146 to $501 a year, as well as 1,147 to 3,839 pounds of CO2. You may also be eligible for a tax credit.

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