News : Renovating with the Green Alliance

Mar 23, 2009

I woke up a little after midnight to what sounded like pouring rain, but mysteriously the noise seemed to be coming from inside the house. I looked in the bathroom to discover water gushing out from the overhead light. Downstairs, I found water pouring out from vents and lights in the living room, half bath, and dining room, where it flowed down from the chandelier onto the table and floor.

My water heater, which was unfortunately placed in the attic due to my townhouse’s lack of a basement, had sprung a major leak, damaging walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture in its self-destruction. Now, in the middle of an unplanned renovation, I’m using this mess as an opportunity to make some energy-efficient upgrades in my home.

But because I need to save money, I’m joining the Green Alliance. The alliance offers a “green card,” providing discounts to the 42 businesses that are members of the alliance. As their project director Sarah Brown points out, the card earns its $35 cost back even if you only use it at one of the member businesses.

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