June 9, 2014 8:43 pm

Features of a truly green house

  • solar panels that charge large batteries
  • passive solar hot water
  • cistern for collecting rainwater that would be used to flush toilets, water plants, maybe even wash clothes
  • thick walls for high thermal mass
  • south facing windows that are shaded in the summer
  • clothes lines for year-round hanging
  • soapstone wood stove
  • well-insulated metal roof
  • basement/root cellar for food storage and storm shelter
  • plenty of space for house plants
  • natural/low vox paint
  • tile floors with wool area rugs
  • enough space outside for at least a small garden, small fruits
  • switches that can turn off all power to appliances on a wall or in a room
  • ceiling fans