Designing Your Sustainable Home: 10 Things Every Eco-Home Should Have

Top 10 items for a green home.

| July/August 2007

These simple guiding principles can help make your home green, energy efficient and comfortable.

1. Plenty of Daylight 

South-facing windows provide natural daylight, and the sun's rays help keep rooms warmer in winter. If you want more light, add insulated windows to the home's south side-unless you live in the desert or an extremely hot climate, where more windows could present heat problems. Shading windows in summer protects against overheating.

2. Air Circulation

Indoor air quality is an essential component of any healthy home. To keep your air clean, choose cleaning products without toxic chemicals and paints and wood finishes that are natural and contain few or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Use a whole-house, integrated air-filtration system with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Use only low-toxic adhesives and plastic-free grout when installing tile. Make sure the kitchen range hood vents outside (not into attics or eaves).

3. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

4/23/2015 7:21:40 AM

I would prefer the LED lights to the CFL light due to the mercury content of the cfls. Pricing on LEDs has come down so they are not quite as pricy as they were in 2007. I am replacing my cfls as they dim out with LEDs. I have been buying 1 every couple of months to have on hand. For information on recycling your used CFLs try this web site.

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