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Green Build checklist

Determining your own shoe size

According to the Global Footprint Network, humanity’s overall ecological impact is 23 percent larger than what the planet can regenerate. Go to to learn more about limiting your ecological footprint, and to take a quiz that determines your own personal ecological footprint.

Afterwards, examine this Green Build checklist and see what steps you can take to make your own home more energy efficient – and your ecological footprint a little smaller.

Laundry room:

_____ Vent clothes dryer directly outside.
_____ Use a washer and dryer that are Energy Star-approved

Hot water heater, central air system:
_____ Install a programmable thermostat
_____ Set thermostat 2 degrees cooler in the winter & 2 degrees hotter in the summer
_____ Set water heater at 120 degrees or lower
_____ Make sure water heater is tankless or solar
_____ Make sure water heater is wrapped in an insulating blanket

_____ Low-flow flapperless toilets
_____ Low-flow faucets and showerhead
_____ Ventilations fans

_____ Low-flow faucets
_____ Ventilation fans
_____ Energy Star-approved stove, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher

Throughout house:
_____ Energy Star-approved light fixtures
_____ Compact fluorescent light bulbs