Let energy savings shine through

Despite up-front costs, energy upgrades can benefit homeowner, experts say


Richard Holtmeyer staples a frame around a newly installed window. Homeowners should research energy efficient options when purchasing upgrades for their homes.

Richard Holtmeyer staples a frame around a newly installed window. Homeowners should research energy efficient options when purchasing upgrades for their homes. Photo by Julie Smith.

Energy efficiency sounds good. Saving money sounds even better.

High-efficiency appliances, CFL bulbs, drapes that block out the heat and keep in the cool, solar panels, and all the other energy-efficient products on the market claim to use less energy and therefore keep costs low.

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But some up-front costs can be astounding, or at least enough to make you think twice. Is it possible to recover costs on efficiency upgrades ... efficiently?

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