DIY author gives advice for living green

DENVER - While a swimming pool or a remodeled bathroom sounds nice, it's not what homeowners are after. A new survey released by the National Association of Homebuilders says people are most interested in making their homes energy efficient.

Author and home improvement expert Jeff Wilson has hosted close to 200 episodes on HGTV and DIY networks. He says there are simple steps people can take that will save them energy and money in their homes.

The first change can be done in lighting. Wilson says changing out your old light bulbs with LED bulbs can help save 90 percent of energy use, while also giving homeowners a warm, color-corrected light in every room.

Those looking to save heat they've already used can purchase a "Drain Water Heat Recovery Unit." These devices work to recapture energy from the hot water that drains away during showers to save the buyer money.

Wilson says more skilled homeowners can turn to a do-it-yourself Spray Foam Insulation kit. The kit is a money-saver in two ways because you don't have to hire out a contractor to insulate those hard to reach spaces in your home.

Wilson will be in two local bookstores discussing his new book, "The Greened House Effect." On Monday, he'll host a talk at the Denver Tattered Cover Book Store starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Wilson will move to the Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colo. That event will also begin at 7:30 p.m.


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