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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAfter: Homeowners Martha and Rhonda are thrilled with how "green" they were able to be in an older house — without having to break the bank. Though it was the details that slowed them down, in the end the finished project is beautiful and environmentally friendly. To help with your renovation, here's some of what the homeowners learned during this remodel:

Lessons Learned: Remodeling Tips

* Solar panels may not be as out of reach financially as you might think. Living in Colorado, these homeowners saved a lot with rebates offered by the state government.

* These solar panels should eventually pay for themselves in energy cost savings.

* The homeowners used large samples of paint to judge the new exterior paint color on the home. They determined that their first choices were too bright, and chose lighter yellow instead.

*Martha and Rhonda were able to double their money in one key area — their architect also acted as their designer.