Whether it's re-using original fixtures and building materials in your renovation, installing newer energy-efficient appliances, using non-toxic paints and finishes, or downsizing and reducing your carbon footprint — all of these are practices that help conserve your home's energy. Here are 25 rooms that do just that...
Shown above the jump:
Top Left: "Wheat-board panels frame walls in the upstairs bedroom. Shaped to catch summer breezes, the glass-enclosed sanctuary resembles a captain's bridge... Recycled items―Douglas fir floors, spruce and fir walls, and beams and columns―come from the original structure, salvage centers, and even an old boat."
Top Right: "In one bath, [the owner] used cedar panels in lieu of tile to simplify construction and save energy."
Bottom Left: "In the master bedroom, [the owner] used American Clay, an all-natural plaster that resists mold and contains no VOCs, to coat the walls... Solid wood furnishings were custom-manufactured with white glue rather than yellow, which contains irritating chemicals."
Bottom Right: "A metal ladder, fashioned in traditional yacht style, leads to the roof. A wind generator and solar-powered lighting systems for the top floor are still in the works."
See all 25 eco-savvy rooms at Coastal Living.
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