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Articles by Jesse Nichols

Jesse Nichols is a video producer at Grist.

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This lesson is part of our Climate 101 educational series for parents and K-12 educators.

Homes are ideal places to start when it comes to greening up everyday life. That’s because they take up a lot of power, water, and heat. Think about it: We use water to quench our thirst, wash our bodies and clothes, water our plants, and flush our toilets. We use electricity to keep on the lights, power our appliances, and keep our houses cool in the summer. Depending on the home, some of us even use natural gas to cook or to stay warm in the winter!

So how do you go about designing a better home and garden — for the planet? We combed Grist’s archives and found a few videos (and activities!) to get you started.

Home is where the start is

Designing a greener home might sound intimidating, but the good news is there are a lot of ways to make your house more environmentally friendly. And having a climate-friendly dwelling doesn’t mean you have to default to yurt life. Some updates — like heated floors! — might even make your house more comfortable or save your family money on its utility bill.

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