The Green Homes Challenge
makes it fun and easy to save energy,
adopt environmentally-friendly practices,
and use renewable energy.

  • Learn about actions you can take
  • Set goals and track your progress
  • Join a Green Team to stay motivated
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Get Started!

  • Sign up for an account
  • Add actions to your To Do List
  • Earn points and medals for completing actions
  • Become a Certified Challenge Taker
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  • Join a Green Team
  • Post to Green Stories
  • Invite your friends to join
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Upcoming events

Certify and win prizes!

Our 4th Annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition Event is coming up in February 2015!
We will be recognizing all households who have certified in the Power Saver, Green Leader, and Renewable Star Challenges, and we will be giving away prizes!

If you haven’t certified yet, there is still time!

Challenger of the Week
Anderson Farm
  • POWER SAVER
    certified (150)
    50
  • GREEN LEADER
    certified (135)
    50
  • RENEWABLE STAR
    certified (119)
    10
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Action of the Week
  • Households: 91
    Use low-VOC paints

    Indoor air is often three times more polluted than outdoor air. A major contributor to poor indoor air quality is the use of paints, stains, and finishes in homes. Oil-based paints are particularly dangerous, as they contain VOCs. Many VOCs have been shown to cause cancer, nervous system damage, and allergic reactions. While water-based paints are generally taken to be safer, they may also pose health risks, particularly to children. Many water-based paints contain propylene glycol and glycol ethers, which have been shown to increase asthma and other respiratory problems in children. To learn more, check out these articles on the health impacts of oil-based paints and water-based paints.

    To reduce negative health effects, choose low-VOC paint and use caution while painting; ventilate by opening windows, use protective gear specified by the label, keep pregnant women and young children away from freshly painted rooms, close paint cans tightly when not in use, and eliminate all sources of flame when using solvent-based paints. Learn more about safer paint choices and reducing health effects while painting.

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