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In the News: A Costly Green Home in Chicago

The New York Times' "In Chicago, Tinted Green" chronicles the story of Frances Whitehead and James Elniski's house in Chicago, which was built using a number of green technologies. The house is equipped with corrugated steel-and-zinc siding, radiant heating in the floor, energy-efficient kitchen appliances, solar panels on the roof, wind turbines, and trays of artificial soil which soak up rainwater to prevent flooding the city's storm drainage system. Despite all of these eco technologies, and the high costs of installing them (wind turbines alone cost $40,000), "they estimate that they will probably save only about $500 annually in energy costs." But, Elsinki says, "You’ve got to be doing it for other reasons," and they're committed to "raising the flag" and educating others about environmentalism.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
that's certainly an outrageous cost for a house - but i guess if you're doing it for the right reasons. i saw this thing on tv a while back talking about how expensive it can be to install solar panels to your house - but that in a few years it would make you back the cost. i guess if you hve the money to do something good now - you can home that it will amertize itself in the near future.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Well, it will take a very long time for everyone to get on board on ecofriendly living. And living green is very expensive, not everyone can afford it.
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