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Advantages of Going Green

By Christina Kelley

You may have heard about how beneficial it is for the environment to use alternative energy sources for your energy needs, but did you also know how economically smart it is? Using alternative energy sources for your property helps your wallet in two ways:

First, it reduces your utility bills. Instead of using companies like NSTAR, for example, you will be producing your own electricity, and this will save you a lot of money. Alternative energy systems will also increase the value of your property. There is research showing that properties with energy saving systems significantly improve home value because people are more interested in using alternative sources of energy and because the price of fuel is constantly rising.

One of the assumptions people tend to make about switching into alternative energy systems is that it is costly. While this is true, a part of the costs can be subsidized. The federal, state and local governments often offer tax breaks for those who chose to go green. Even energy companies offer some sort of financial incentive for going green. What you have to do is simply see what applies to your community. The other factor to keep in mind is that your new system will eventually pay itself in savings. While this time may require a few years, these systems tend to last a long time. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your savings.

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