Making Your Home Carbon Neutral
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Images from Fast Co. Design Not all buildings are created equal, as this carbon neutral home in Norway can attest. Here's a startling fact I just read: buildings account for around 40% of America's emissions. And here's a beautiful solution: the Snohetta-designed carbon neutral home: Snohetta blends smart and beautiful design. From louvers designed to cool window panes, to open floor-plans that promote air circulation and a more stabilized temperature throughout, this home puts the Earth first. But it's so elegant, you'd think it was built only to indulge humans. Louvers shield the windows from the heat of afternoon sun. Now, I'll assume that most of us aren't building from the ground up, nor are we about to retain the services of one the world's most innovative architecture firms. But there are small things we can do today to ensure our homes will emit less carbon. Snohetta's home is full of green design features. Which can you implement in your home? Replacing older incandescent designs with LED bathroom lighting can dramatically reduce your daily energy consumption. Drawing the curtains to regulate sunlight inside is a simple low-tech way to cool/heat the home without electricity or gas. And replacing your old landscape lighting with LED path lights is a great way to save after dark. Look for self-powered solar designs and you're that much closer to net-zero energy usage around the house!