American Express survey has uncovered the fact that more
than half of all Americans are planning
the same time, Colonial Pipeline Co. of Alpharetta, Ga.,
says that nearly half of all homeowners fail to call 811
to find out about utility lines before gardening.
you thought we were a nation of couch potatoes becoming
increasingly nearsighted by staring at computer screens
American Express survey, conducted online with a random
sample of 1,882 adults, found that green renovations are
becoming more popular among those with home-improvement
most popular project? Windows and doors, followed by
alternative-energy systems including solar energy,
biomass stoves, residential fuel cells, geothermal heat
pumps, small wind turbines, heating, ventilation and/or
cooling, water heaters, and roofing.
greenest states: New York and Florida, and then
California (though probably the Golden State water
shortage has browned it).
percent of homeowners said they plan renovations this
year, up slightly from 73 percent in 2014. The total
average amount they expect to spend is $4,100, versus
$4,000 in 2014.
most popular projects are redoing a room, followed by
minor cosmetic work such as painting and landscaping ó
both of which Iím doing this year, coincidentally.
Americans plan to spend $3,600 on indoor remodeling and
$1,800 on outdoor remodeling, the survey found.
65 percent of homeowners are doing the work themselves,
down from 72 percent in 2014. Hiring contractors has
gained in popularity ó 21 percent in 2015 vs. 15
percent in 2014.
Pipeline reports that 45 percent of Americans put
themselves and their neighbors at risk by failing to
call 811 before beginning their yardwork.
are unaware that every six minutes a utility line is
struck by a homeowner who didnít call 811 before
free 811 call should be made a few days before projects
that involve digging (installing a fence or mailbox, or
building a deck, pond or patio) so the approximate
location of underground utilities can be marked.