High Performance GREEN OFFICE

High Performance GREEN OFFICE: Payback comes in 6-10 Years. Spend $77,000 to save $36,000 over 5 years. The payback comes in just over ten years. Tax Free ROI over 10%

High Performance

Payback Time in Years: Added Cost: Annual SAVINGS 5 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI):

Office Water Heaters Solar

Why assume that the investment payback is too long? Let the sun work to heat the water in your office with an efficient and maintenance free system that runs form your roof into your existing hot water tank. Learn More
7.4 $2,500 $340 $1,700 13.6%

Office Insulated Double Walls

Why assume that one wall is enough? Boost insulation on new walls from R-19 to R-30 by creating an insulation sandwich that increases savings on utilities, sound protection, and looks great with extra deep sills. Learn More
7.5 $900 $120 $600 13.3%

Office Thermal Mass Floors

Why assume that a thin 3/4" plywood board underneath your office carpet or finished floor is the best way to go? 1 1/4" Gyp Crete below a tile floor holds in the heat and cool air when you want it to save on energy bills. Learn More
7.5 $3,000 $400 $2,000 13.3%

Office Southern Overhangs

Why not check your latitude to see the significant difference in the angle of the sun in the summer vs. the winter. Proper overhang shading can reduce undesirable heat gain in summer and increase the desirable heat gain in winter for energy savings and comfort. Learn More
8.0 $1,440 $180 $900 12.5%

Office Light Sharing

Why not let natural light through certain doorways to enhance interior rooms and save money? Transoms and translucent glass doors add interest and reduce your need to power light fixtures. Learn More
8.3 $1,000 $120 $600 12.0%

Office Greywater

Why let all of the water just go down the drains and out of your office? A typical American uses more than twice as much water as the average European. Now, waste water from sinks can be treated and recycled for irrigation and toilets. Learn More
8.3 $300 $36 $180 12.0%

Office Smart Roofs

Why assume that typical flat roofs or asphalt shingle roofs are the best way to go, just because so many offices have them? Reflective flat roofs and smart shingled roofing saves over 20% on summer energy costs, last about 3 times longer, and can reduce your office building insurance. Learn More
8.8 $2,000 $226 $1,130 11.3%

Office Geo-Thermal

Why not dig deep? Since the ground temperature is a constant, a 'ground-source heat pump system' uses underground water from a 1,000-foot deep well to heat and cool your office for savings. Learn More
10.0 $30,000 $3,000 $15,000 10.0%

Office Toilets - Dual Flush

Why assume that all flushes are created equal? Dual-Flush technology lets you choose between a 'light' and 'heavy' flush for maximum efficiency and saving between 8,000 and 20,000 gallons of water per year, per toilet. Learn More
10.0 $150 $15 $75 10.0%

Office Cross Ventilation

Why not position new windows or check the direction of the breezes on your property to maximize air flow in spring and fall? Natural ventilation can make a healthier office by flushing out the poor indoor air quality while saving you money on cooling. Learn More
10.0 $1,200 $120 $600 10.0%

Office Southern Orientation

Why waste an opportunity if you are building a new office or expanding an old one to take advantage of the sun? Natural light in conjunction with the right overhangs makes your office more enjoyable and saves money. Learn More
10.0 $1,200 $120 $600 10.0%

Office Green Roofs

Why assume that asphalt or flat rubber coated roofs are the best way to go, just because so many offices have them? Green roofs with natural planting add insulation value that saves over 20% on summer energy costs, add visual appeal, and may create appealing outdoor meeting and lunch break spots for your employees. Learn More
10.0 $8,000 $800 $4,000 10.0%

Office Vegetation & Shading

Why not let nature reduce more and more of your utility bills each year? Evergreens on the north side help diffuse winter wind and deciduous trees on the south help shade a small office in the summer and let sunshine in all winter. Learn More
10.1 $2,400 $238 $1,190 9.9%

Office Radiant Floors

Why assume that hot air blowing around your office is the best way to go? Radiant floors with water or electric systems increase comfort and decrease heating costs by up to 40%. Learn More
10.7 $4,000 $374 $1,870 9.4%

Office Solar Electric

Why assume that the investment payback is too long? Let the sun work to power your office and you can spend the time to review the tax credits and state incentives to make the numbers work. Learn More
16.3 $19,500 $1,200 $6,000 6.2%

TOTAL SAVINGS and Average Payback / ROI

Payback Time in Years: Added Cost: Annual SAVINGS 5 Year SAVINGS Return on Investment (ROI):
  11.0 $77,590 $7,289 $36,445 10.9%

The DATA Source: The ROI Calculations are intended to serve as a guide to help homeowners see the hierarchy of performance and payback. Given variations in energy consumption, house size, and climate zone, results will naturally vary. The calculations are based on comprehensive research and a combination of reports from the U.S. Department of Energy, the EPA, ENERGY STAR® for Homes Program, US Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Program, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), International Energy Conservation Code, PLUS information directly from University Studies, Architects, Manufacturer Specifications, Distributors, seasoned Builders and Installers, and Homeowners with actual Performance Feedback. The data is based on a single family house with typical utility demand for a family of four. This aggregated information and ROI model is (C) 2007 GREENandSAVE.com

The Recommendation Sources: Throughout this site you will see links to products, resources, calculator tools, and directories. Our team has not only researched the topics that help you make the best decisions on what to do, but we have also provided the key information on how to take ACTION. The web is loaded with information, which is often overwhelming, so we have and continue to research the most cost-effective products and also the best places to buy those products based on price and service. The overall 'Value' is the determining factor in our recommendations, and we put our money where our mouth is having used the research to determine what to buy for the prototype high performance eco-house.

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