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Understanding the Myths and Realities of the “Greener” American Home

by Katharine Gammon Brian Hurst

June 24, 2015
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Home sweet home: We spend 90 percent of our life indoors, much of that in our homes. Research has shown that green homes keep residents healthier, require less maintenance, and are cheaper in the long run. But before you make a home green, you’ve got to make a seemingly infinite number of choices. Tiny house in a city or eco-oasis in the suburb? To tear down or restore? The way we live matters a lot: While greenhouse gas emissions are dropping from commercial buildings, they’re rising from homes at a rate of one percent per year.

In this infographic powered by data from Progressive, take a look at the numbers to see what can actually be done to make our homes greener in the age of climate change.

 

Throughout 2015, we're partnering with Progressive to harness the power of information. Each week, we'll put data under the microscope, asking how statistics and research can empower us to challenge our understanding of ourselves and the ways we navigate our world. Knowledge is the first step on the way to progress: Let's take this information and drive change in the world together. This is Data for GOOD.

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Understanding the Myths and Realities of the “Greener” American Home