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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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For Some, Eco-Friendly Investments Too Much Green

April 15, 2015 1:24 am

As Earth Day approaches, those seeking to go green may be asking themselves, “At what cost?”

The majority of consumers (81 percent) believe environmentally friendly items are more expensive than non-green products, according to recent research from Yet 89 percent are willing to purchase at least one kind of product that has a positive impact on the environment, including energy-efficient light bulbs, energy-efficient appliances or electronics.

Big ticket items, however, like solar panels or hybrid and electric vehicles are far less popular eco-friendly investments.

Cost savings are the most effective factor when deciding to purchase green products, with close to one in three consumers likely to buy a green product if it were guaranteed to save them money over time. This opportunity to save far outweighed other factors, like high-quality or being linked to a good cause.

And just what would people do with the extra money they gained from purchasing an energy-efficient or eco-friendly product? Half of consumers would put that money into savings and nearly as many (40 percent) would put it toward bills or pay off debt.

Beyond supporting the green movement with their wallets, a majority of consumers are willing to make small changes in behavior to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, such as turning off lights when leaving a room, turning off water when not in use, recycling plastic, paper or metal, reusing towels before washing, and reusing plastic bottles or containers.


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14 Trends in Kitchen and Bath Design

April 15, 2015 1:24 am

As the housing recovery continues, kitchens and bathrooms remain the most popular areas for investment by homeowners, according to a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Kitchens, in particular, remain the center of operations within the home, with energy-efficiency, water conversation and healthy home materials topping the list of homeowner must-haves.

“The major point of emphasis in kitchen design nowadays revolves less around actual cooking activities,” says Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist. “Rather, homeowners are looking for kitchens that are gathering spots for family and entertaining, as well as serving as a hub for electronic devices and recharging stations.

“Another important trend we see appearing more, not only in kitchens but the entire project, is specifying healthier construction components such as paint, caulking, glues, grout and other potentially high VOC (volatile organic compounds) products, that may contain harmful ingredients and off-gas noxious fumes or vapors over time as they are curing.”

The survey concluded that the most popular kitchen products and features are:
  • LED Lighting
  • Computer Area/Recharging Station
  • Larger Pantry Space
  • Upper-End Appliances
  • Double Island
  • Adaptability/Universal Design
  • Drinking Water Filtration Systems
Based on the survey, the most popular bathroom products and features are:
  • LED Lighting
  • Doorless Showers
  • Adaptability/Universal Design
  • Large Walk-In Showers
  • Stall Shower without Tub
  • Water Saving Toilets
  • Radiant Heated Floors
Source: AIA

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