While pricey eco-chic homes garner lots of attention, living green doesn't have to mean expensive materials and complicated retrofits.
"Donna Sider painstakingly renovated her 1,000-square-foot Pasadena home to be more energy-efficient as a way to save money and help the environment at the same time.
Jeffrey Eyster built an eco-friendly, 2,200-square-foot dream house in the hills above Laurel Canyon, in tune with his appreciation of fine architecture, superior materials and healthful living.
Eyster's home demonstrates that luxury and cutting-edge design can be integral to environmental construction.
Sider's is proof that going green doesn't require a lot of gold. Their efforts can serve as examples to homeowners who want to fight global warming or trim their household expenses, or both. And the payoffs in both areas are substantial, environmental leaders say...Making those eco-friendly changes at home has become simpler and more affordable."