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7 Ways to Green Your Home: Windows, Doors and Skylights

GBCI: 0920014546

This course is presented in an ARTICLE format.

Many of us take our windows, doors, and skylights for granted until one day we notice a draft in the room or we have to turn on the lights during the daytime. Then we ask: who’s in control here, the house or us?
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v4

Published on: October 24, 2017

Average: 4.1 (33 votes)


Windows,doors,andskylightsthatarepoorlyconstructed or have deteriorating frames are energy wasters. They allow too much heat to escape the house in the winter and allow too much heat to enter in the summer. Your utility bills increase by as much as 15%, while house comfort decreases. In fact, there is a natural tendency to fddle with the thermostat more often in an attempt to compensate for drafts, and that can drive energy costs even higher by reducing the efcient operation of the HVAC system. In addition, homeowners do not always make good use of their windows to control light and ventilation in a way that reduces energy costs and increases internal comfort. Fortunately, you have several options that include replacing windows and doors, adding skylights, installing window flm, sealing leaks, and much more. The extent of your home improvements will depend on your budget, but in this section there are ideas to ft any size home or budget. As you read through the eco-friendly products and ideas available today, like the operable or smart windows, make a note about the ones that best suit your particular situation. While installing all new windows may be expensive, adding storm doors is not.

**These articles are part of our book The ROOTs of a Greener Home. The home owner version (not eligible for any CE credit) can be purchased from Amazon as a gift or for viewing on your favorite device. For more information please visit www.GBRIonline.org/ROOTS.


  1. Analyze the effects these project have on the environment and your home regarding home value, pros and cons of implementing and savings potential.
  2. Consider various options for implementation including different material options, steps and strategies to successfully implement and tips to expedite the process.
  3. Understand the cost and maintenance requirements associated with implementing the project successfully over the long-term life of your home.
  4. Understand the environmental and energy saving impacts in a residential setting versus other similar alternatives.
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States

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