The biggest reason is cost. Until the costs come down, either by the usual supply and demand, new inventions, or significant rebates, we will fall short of becoming an environmentally conscious country.
For example, take one of the most popular green products, solar panels. The majority of solar panels are made from silicon, the expensive product used in the semiconductor industry. Costs of this material and solar panels are on the rise, just as the interest of consumers for this product is on the rise. In California, the state with the largest usage of solar panels, the average system costs around $35,000. Luckily the environmentally conscious Californians also have city, state, and utility company rebate programs, which, when combined with the less than stellar federal rebate, can reduce the price of that solar panel system by more than $10,000. Unfortunately, the rest of the country is not so lucky with local government rebates.
Right now it costs money to make environmentally conscious changes to our homes. For those of us who struggle with existing bills, especially when utilities and gas prices soar, we would love to go green but it seems like an impossible and unreachable goal. In 2006, the federal government heard our cry and instituted a very limited IRS
deduction for certain products called the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Learn more about going green. Start with what our government is doing in this area go to www.energy.gov and www.energystar.gov. Both of these sites will link you to practical things you can do to save energy in an existing home or when building. For some of the latest green building products, look at