Greening Your Home

Having a green home means having a home that is healthy, comfortable, durable, and resource efficient. Small changes can make a big difference, and don’t have to cost a lot of money. Check out my recent Tiny Talk on Your Green Home is Your Sanctuary to learn more about it. The talk focuses on the Green Point Rating System developed by Build It Green of California.

Using a system of points, you can see if your home can qualify to be Green Point Rated, or see some changes, both big and small, that you can make. See how a small San Rafael bungalow, built in 1924, qualifies for a Green Point Rating. 

Green Point Rated Checklist

Resources for home upgrades:

  • BAYREN - BAYREN is the Bay Area Regional Network for implementing energy savings programs. They provide cash rebates for home upgrades, resources for contractors, connections to Home Energy Advisors, and much more. Take their online Home Energy Assessment and get a free Energy Savings Kit - up to $70 in value.
  • Go Green Financing - Helps California homeowners (and renters!) get financing for energy-efficient home upgrades
  • Marin County Sustainability Team - provides programs and promotes resources for green building, resource conservation, and adapting to climate change. Fantastic resource!

Green Certifications:

  • LEED
  • CALGreen
  • Net Zero
  • Green Globes Certification
  • Green Point Rated

Living Green in Marin County:

Zero Waste Marin
Marin Clean Energy
Resilient Neighborhoods
Fire Safe Marin


Lucinda Otto

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