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News: How to make sure your green home upgrades pay off

Investing in making your home more energy efficient can help the environment, lower your utility bills and possibly help you fetch a higher sale price.

But homeowners considering a green remodel should also weigh how long it will take for the improvements to reap savings. Some pricey features, like replacing windows or buying a solar power system, could take many years to ultimately pay for themselves.

“You have to make a decision: ‘How environmentally friendly do I want to get if it takes me 16 years to break even on my investment?'” said Sid Davis, a home renovator and author of “Your Eco-Friendly Home: Buying, Building or Remodeling Green.”

Here are some things to consider as you map out your home’s conversion to a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly pad:

Read the full story. (Associated Press)