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Quiz results in global acres
My Housing Footprint: 0 ga
Country Average: 0.00 ga

The next step is your housing footprint. Your housing footprint
includes the area occupied by your home and the area needed to supply resources used in construction and household maintenance.

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18. Which best describes your home?

What is the approximate area of land occupied by your home, structures, and yard? If you live on an estate, farm or ranch, please don't count grazing lands, croplands, or wildlands.

19. Was your home or any portion of it built with recycled materials, wood certified as sustainably harvested, or any other green design features?

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More on green buildings

Green buildings significantly reduce demands for energy, water, and materials through ecologically sensitive siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal practices – the complete building life cycle. Passive solar heating, water efficient fixtures, recycled materials and other green design features can generate up to 30% in energy savings, reduce carbon emissions by 35%, reduce water use by 30 to 50% and save 50 to 90% in waste disposal costs.

20. Approximately what share of your home furnishings are second hand or made of either recycled or sustainably produced materials?

21. Which water saving features and habits do you have in your home? Please check all that apply.

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Water saving habits

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The footprint of water consumption

Fresh water consumed in households requires energy for both delivery and treatment. Household water use also takes water from other beneficial uses such as irrigation or in-stream flow for fish and wildlife. All of these impacts increase a household’s ecological footprint, so saving water is a key strategy for footprint reduction. It has been estimated that by installing water saving features and adopting water conservation habits such as those listed here, households can easily reduce their water footprint by 60% or more.

22. How often do you select cleaning products that are biodegradable or non-toxic?

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Why green cleaning products matter

Products used to clean floors, carpets, bathrooms, and other building elements often contain harmful chemicals that can have serious human health effects and contaminate water supplies, fish, and wildlife if they are poured down drains, circulated through ventilation systems, or disposed of outdoors. Environmental damage can also occur during the development, manufacture, and transport of these products. Fortunately, biodegradable and non-toxic alternatives can significantly reduce or eliminate these impacts altogether while providing the same level of cleanliness.

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