Quiz: What qualifies as a green home?
by Staff
How green is your garden? Does your latest home improvement help or hurt the planet? Do you know how your home truly affects the environment? Take this quiz to learn more about what really makes a green home green!

Does a bamboo floor make my home green?

  • yes
  • no
  • It could, depending on the circumstances.

Will an instant water heater make my home green?

  • yes
  • It's only part of the solution.
  • No; these heaters burn more energy than traditional ones.

Does my home's location have anything to do with how green it is?

  • Yes; home siting is one of the most important factors in building a green home.
  • Home siting is important, but only if you live in an extremely sunny area.
  • No; home siting isn't as important as using the latest technology in the home.

I live in a condo; can I do anything to make my home more green?

  • No; most homeowners' associations don't allow green upgrades.
  • Yes; though you may face more limitations than you would if you lived in a house.
  • No; buildings that have that many residents are too complex to make green.

Can I afford to make my home green?

  • Only if you make more than $100,000 per year.
  • Only if you obtain federal grants for the project.
  • There are green home improvements that will fit any budget.

My Victorian home has beautiful, but very old, windows. Can I make them more efficient?

  • Get used to high energy costs; there's nothing you can do.
  • A craftsperson could make new windows, but at a very high cost.
  • Options such as adding high-efficiency storm windows can save energy and preserve the appearance.

Should I buy an old home if I want a green home?

  • Yes; there are ways to make an old home green.
  • You can, but the cost will be extremely high.
  • The home will never be very energy efficient because it won't have modern construction.

What's one thing that makes Thomas Jefferson's historic home, Monticello, green?

  • skylights and glass doors that create passive-solar heating
  • solar panels on the roof
  • a geothermal heating system