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Green Home Resources

The articles are retreived from Ecohome: Resources for Sustainable Housing website, precisely the Green Home Guide (a step-by-step guide to sustainable and healthy housing whether you are building, renovating or maintaining a home).

1. Resources and Getting Started: Whether you are building a home, you just bought a home, or you want some energy conservation tips for your apartment, it all starts here. Our tips below will help you get started in designing and planning your project.

2. Efficient Home Design: All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.

3. Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality: We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes.

4. The impact of ambient fragrances on our health: Adding insult to injury - trying to mask the smell of airborne contaminants with more airborne contaminants.

5. Choosing windows and doors. The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid.

6. Kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home.

7. Lights, Appliances and Alll Things Electrical. These guide pages are intended to help you find the most efficient and affordable options for pretty much anything that runs on power, and the best ways to generate power yourself.

8. Green Building Financial Incentives. Beyond just lower utility bills, there are other financial incentives to buy or build green homes. Here is a list of some federal, provincial and municipal programs that could save or even make you some money.

9. Urban Planning and Transportation. A green home doesn’t always cost more to build, but always costs less to operate. A healthy efficient home saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and improves your quality of life.