Saturday, July 18, 2009



So you say you’re ready to start going green in your home. Let’s begin by reviewing the prerequisites. Awareness of global warming? Check. Concern for your children’s future on this planet? Check. Appreciation of wind power, bamboo and right-size homes. Check.

Countless Americans like you grasp the basics of the green movement and want to begin going green. (Victory garden, anyone?) But when it comes to owning a home, it’s often hard to do the “right” green thing because, well, often no one knows precisely what the “right” green thing is. The rules of the road are still being formulated in the brave new green world. And let’s get real: Swapping out our incandescent lightbulbs for fluorescents was the easy part.

So that’s where this special report comes in. It’s jammed full of tips and resources to help homeowners like you get in sync with the environment. If you don’t know which windows have the smallest carbon footprint, which detergent has the lowest impact on the watershed and which bedding created the least waste when it was produced, you’re not alone. There’s no shame here.

We’ll start with the basics to get you rolling toward green. We’re not asking you to install ultra-expensive solar panels or a geo-thermal heat pump. (Yet.) But when you understand how everyone’s savings add up to help the globe, you may find some extra ambition to green even more.

This special report covers six topic areas — home improvement, appliances, furniture, energy, cleaning, and yard and garden — via text and videos. By exploring the six topics, you’ll gain the fundamental knowledge and approach to make solid green decisions about your home. From repainting a bedroom to installing drip irrigation, you’ll feel more confident next time you start a project or choose a product from the many needed to run the modern home.

Your guide toward green is self-described cul-de-sactivist James Glave, author of Almost Green: How I Saved 1/6th of a Billionth of the Planet. Glave offers practical tips and a wide array of resources to put you at ease.

We hope you enjoy and learn from our green report. Planet Earth thanks you.

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