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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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