Homeowners holding back on greening up their houses

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Homeowners want to save energy by better insulating their homes, and installing more efficient windows and doors, but can be dismayed by intensive, expensive projects.

August 10, 2016

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U.S. homeowners see the value of various steps to improve energy efficiency, but are not moving forward on these matters, according to Deloitte’s annual survey of residential and business customers on the subject of energy management.

In the previous year’s survey, when asked about the five most important things they could envision themselves doing in the future to save energy, they cited: better insulating their homes, buying energy-efficient appliances, and installing more efficient windows and doors. In this year’s survey, the proportion of people actually doing those things has declined. Deloitte blames "expense, lack of expertise, and concerns about projects being ‘too big to tackle.'"

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