What makes a home "Green" or "Smart"?
This page will go through some of the ideas involving Resource Efficient Homes.
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GREEN YOUR LIFESTYLE
HERE ARE FIVE EASY CHANGES TO MAKE.
1. Recycle.
Recycling waste, such as plastics, paper, and glass, costs almost nothing and it preserves natural resources
and keeps trash out of landfills. When shopping for new products, look for items made from recycled content.
Also safely dispose of electronics and household goods, such as paint, chemicals, and unused prescriptions.
Learn more at Earth911.com.
2. Zero-waste kitchen.
Instead of using the disposal or tossing food scraps, compost them. Composting keeps trash out of landfills
and provides a natural way to enrich garden soil. Even unexpected things, like wooden spoons, dryer lint,
and cardboard Q-tips, are compostable. Learn more at MasterComposter.com and EPA.gov.
3. Eliminate toxins.
Chemicals in common household products, including shower curtains, cookware, and furniture, can seep into
your living space. That compromises indoor air quality, which can cause health problems and exacerbate
respiratory ailments. So carefully consider what you bring home. Start reading product labels and seek non-toxic alternatives for paint, pesticides, cleaners, furniture, and building materials.
Also consider products' packaging. Even a seemingly innocuous house plant sitting in synthetic soil and a
plastic container, could cause harm.
4. Clean naturally.
Though we associate that stout lemon scent with cleanliness, such odors usually stem from cleaning
products loaded with harsh chemicals that can be toxic to people, pets and the planet.
Opt for green-labeled cleaning products or mix up your own using non-toxic baking soda (an abrasive), vinegar
(a disinfectant), and lemon (a deodorizer). These alternatives are accessible, inexpensive, and better for
your health. Learn more at Earth911.com.
5. Reconsider your
transportation.
Re-examine your public transit options and consider biking or walking, both of which are essentially free and
benefit your wallet and your waistline. If you can't abandon your car entirely, explore
rideshares and find ways to reduce auto trips. Learn more at BikeToWorkInfo.org or MapMyRide.com.
Attaining a greener lifestyle doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming.
In fact, some minor changes actually cut expenses and have a positive impact on your health
and quality of life. Making your daily routine more sustainable can be as simple as learning
some green basics, modifying your habits, and making informed choices.


What is Green Building?
Energy efficiency, health, and comfort all are hallmarks of a green house. Such properties
often are called high performance, eco-friendly or energy efficient homes.
Common elements
While some homes are certified as green by housing or environmental industry groups, properties don't
necessarily have to carry a label to be considered green. What all such homes have in common is a desire by its owners to live in a property that incorporates systems and features that lower utility bills, improve health and comfort, and minimize the impact on the planet.
Green upgrades
For existing homes, there's a vast array of strategies for achieving greater efficiency.
They include small, inexpensive upgrades, like installing low-flow water faucets, energy efficient light
bulbs, and programmable thermostats. In addition, less visible elements, such as efficient
insulation and air sealing, create a more comfortable, less drafty interior environment.
And bigger, more costly projects--high-efficiency furnaces, solar panels, and triple-pane windows,
for example--often provide larger financial and environmental gains.
New homes
Newly constructed homes are being built to high standards that embrace green principles. Many
builders now take a scientific, whole-building approach to ensure that a property's design, layout and systems
work in concert to create a functional, comfortable setting that addresses environmental concerns.
Seeking green
When you're looking at a home with green features, here's a short checklist of considerations:
Energy efficiency in home features like appliances, water faucets, lighting, heating,
cooling and water-heating systems. Efficient building envelopes with high-
performance windows and well-insulated walls, floors, and attics. Non-toxic building materials and finishes, such as recycled or renewable woods and low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints
and sealants. A landscape featuring native plants that thrive without chemical fertilizers or excessive
watering. Location efficiency, meaning a community where public transportation and the needs of
daily life are accessible without a car.