10 Tips for a Cutting-edge Green Home

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You know all about R-values, Energy Star and LEDs, but it's just not enough for your home to be green. Your place needs to be the very coolest -- with enough cutting-edge green technology to make Captain Planet, well, green with envy.

An officially "green" building must meet the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certified buildings emphasize five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and interior air quality.

Basic green technologies have been incorporated into home design for centuries (facing a porch due east to capture the morning sun, for instance), but the more extreme examples are still well beyond the dreams of all but the most eco-conscious. Some, however, are as simple as incorporating a new mindset into the construction process.

So, if using your bathwater to irrigate your garden sounds like fun, or if sleeping under a sod roof sets your heart aflutter, keep reading to discover the latest green technologies that may be coming to your home soon. Cutting-edge though they may be, these environmentally friendly technologies won't necessarily cost you a lot of green, either.

Turn off when you turn in

Turn your heating down before bedtime saves energy, and once you're tucked in you'll never notice the difference. Get more tips at FutureFriendly.com