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GREEN YOUR HOME TIPS

The exhibit “Smart Home: Green + Wired,” features more than 200 “green” and smart home products—from motorized skylights that open when detectors sense a cool breeze to kitchen counters and bathroom tiles made from recycled glass.

The exhibit, which ends its eight-month run Jan. 4, 2009, features a modular home designed by architect Michelle Kaufmann and built by All American Homes.

While some of these features would require a rehab, many others, from low-flow showerheads to a countertop composter, would work for any home owner eager to add a little green

Central Everything

From a panel on a wall, you can control and monitor all the home’s systems and review energy and water use. The system helps achieve optimum comfort with minimal power usage by coordinating lighting, window coverings, heat, and air conditioning. The home also includes built-in Wi-Fi, a housewide audio system, and electronic security.

Sustainable Living

Large windows, sliding doors, and a three-story skylight take advantage of natural light and make the space look larger, a sense heightened by the neutral palette throughout. The house also features a green interior, with low-VOC paints, bamboo flooring, and furnishings made from recycled or renewable materials. For example, recycled t-shirts were used for the sofa upholstery and an ash wood dining table was made from a fallen tree.

Roof Top Power, Insulation

A green-roof garden of drought-tolerant plants provides year-round insulation, while solar panels harness the power of the sun to provide most of the home’s electricity. The innovative photovoltic film works in shade and even generates electricity through much of Chicago’s cold, cloudy winter. At ground level are native plants and water permeable pavements; rain barrels are used to hydrate the garden, conserving drinking-quality water

Photos by JB Spector, Museum of Science and Industry © 2008

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is associate online editor of REALTOR® magazine.

GREENBUILDING 101

10 TIPS FOR GREENING YOUR HOME

1. LIGHT UP
– replace three incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs in
your home and eliminate 300 lbs. of CO2 (lasts longer, burns less).

2. RECYCLE
– recycling half of the aluminum, glass, plastic, and paper you
use reduces 2400 lbs. of CO2.

3. PURCHASE GREEN POWER
– if available in your area, purchase 100% green power from a company and prevent 3800 to 6200 lbs. of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

4. BUILD GREEN & USE SOLAR POWER
– if remodeling or building a new home, use green materials and solar energy (use federal tax credits and state buy down programs if available) to reduce 1000 to 6000 lbs. of CO2.

5. TURN IT DOWN,TURN IT UP
– turn your heater down and your air conditioner up by three degrees and save 1050 lbs. of CO2 per year.

6. WASH COOL
– do two loads of your laundry per week in cold or warm water instead of hot (and hang stuff out to dry when you can), save 500 lbs. of CO2 a year.

7. STORE SMARTLY, SAVE MONEY
– buy energy star refrigerators and other appliances and save money as well as 1000 lbs. of CO2 a year.

8. BE WATER WISE
– buy low-flow toilets that can save up to 22,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four.

9. USE GREEN PAINTS
– buy No-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or lowVOC paints that can eliminate eye, nose and throat irritation, and more severe health threats.

10. FAN IT
– Installing a whole-house or ceiling fan improves interior
comfort by circulating cold and warm air and dramatically reduces the need for air conditioning at 1/10 the price.

For more great ideas on how to make your home
more green, visit http://www.globalgreen.org.

Thanks to One Sweet World and EPA for Assistance with Carbon Data


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One comment

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