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Homeowners find it pays to go green

Improvements save money long-term, boost appeal to buyers

The green revolution is spreading as the public becomes aware of the need to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve the environment through conservation and recycling. Today's recession-wary homeowners are reluctant to spend a penny on home improvements. However, some effective energy-saving home improvements don't cost much and can save you money in the long run. For example, a tight house prevents heat loss. To keep your home from leaking, weatherstrip by sealing voids around windows, doors, vents, cables, electrical outlets, and switches and electrical wires. HOUSE HUNTING TIP: Some utility companies offer rebates for weatherstripping. Visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency on line at www.dsireusa.org. Then click on your state to find a list of incentives offered in your area. Be aware that incentives may be taxable. Another inexpensive way to save money by adding green features to your home is by changing light bulbs from incandescen...