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7 Paths to a Good Green Home

7 Paths to a Good Green Home

What makes a good home green? What makes a green home good? Principles and practices have evolved–some over hundreds of years and some quite recently–that form the heart of a good green home. Here are seven steps along the path to creating a better home:

The Seven Paths to a Good Green Home

1. Know Where You Are
This concept recognizes that where you live affects both the quality of your life and the quality of the environment. Whether youíre redecorating, remodeling, buying a new house, or building from scratch, understanding the unique characteristics of your particular place can help you create a greener home.

2. Size Matters
Bigger isnít always better, when it comes to homes.

3. You Have the Power
You can take charge of the energy you use.

4. Build for Today and Tomorrow
A well-built home will have long-term benefits for you and for future generations.

5. Clean Living: Protecting Our Air and Water
You can do a lot at home to protect two of our most precious resources.

6. Build a Better Wall
You can use healthier and safer alternatives to conventional construction methods.

7. Use the Right Stuff
Practice wise use of materials to keep your home healthy and our planet thriving.

If seven principles sound like a lot to tackle, donít lose heart. Greening your home is a process. The goal is not creating a perfect home, but creating a better home. Small steps and the right attitude can lead to big changes. Learn a little, do a little, laugh a lot, donít beat yourself up over what you canít get done, and take the time to plant some flowers along the path to a good home.

Read more: Home, Household Hints, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, , , ,

Adapted from Good Green Homes, by Jennifer Roberts (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Jennifer Roberts. Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith, Publisher.
Adapted from Good Green Homes, by Jennifer Roberts (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2003).

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10:54PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Cool - thanks.

2:32AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

thanks for the information

12:39PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

my home is mostly green as that's the color on the wals

5:43AM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks Annie!

12:47PM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you

7:18PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

great, thanks!

10:41AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks for posting

5:53AM PST on Dec 19, 2011


12:35PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Great tips!

8:08PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Thanks for posting.

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