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Going Green is Easier Than You Think

May 27, 2016 No Comments

Going Green is Easier Than You Think

Posted by Kristin in Blog

I  have some great ideas that are very easy to do to be a Green Consumer. I hope some of you are doing some of these green items now. If not, start! It’s easy and will save you money in the long run.

Going green is easier than you think!

The term “go green” seems to be used everywhere.

Guest contributor Deb Rabin from HomeFinder.com wrote about green building and going green in an article a few years ago and the same ideas are appropriate now.

The term “go green” seems to be used everywhere. We continually hear how important it is to “go green” within our homes but other than the easy recycling of paper or plastic, it can be intimidating, and exhausting concerning ourselves with yet another thing to worry about. It is hard enough to decorate our homes, keep them clean and manage a household. Now we have to keep them “green” as well?

Yes, we do, or at least we should try because it’s actually a lot easier and less expensive than most of us might realize. Here are five eco-friendly and thrifty ideas on how you can not only make a difference in our “green” world but also save you some money.

  1. If your appliance is 15 years or older, consider replacing it with an energy efficient model. “Green” appliances offer you the chance to save money on utility bills and help the environment. Green appliances might cost a little more up front, but they will save you long term dollars, as well as peace of mind over time.
  2. Try to remember to unplug some of your appliances and electrical items when you are not using them. Keeping items plugged in unnecessarily uses energy and contributes to your electrical bills. Toaster ovens, coffee machines, even your cell phone plug, can all be unplugged when not in use. The average consumer can save between 10 and 20 percent on monthly utility bills by following this practice.
  3. On average, heating and cooling your home accounts for up to 43 percent of your utility bill. The US Department of Energy states that our temperature systems emit up to 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, generating about 12% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide and 4% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.

The temperature you control in your house is an easy thing to adjust, especially if you install a programmable thermostat. Turn down the air in the summer and opt for ceiling fans. Turn down the heat in the winter and cozy up in your favorite pj’s and an extra blanket.

  1. Water is another element we can use less of to help our environment as well as our pockets. Using cold instead of hot water when doing laundry will lower the energy used for each load. Consider investing in a front-loader machine which uses less water and energy to reduce drying times. Instead of a hose, use a broom to sweep out your garage, driveway and deck. Use a watering can to water your flowers and plants, limiting the amount of water used specifically to what you need.
  2. Cleaning your home has never been so eco-friendly or cheap! There are many all natural based house cleaners available now which are affordable and chemical free. Rather expend some of your own energy and do it yourself? Baking soda is an inexpensive option that can keep your sinks and counter tops bright and shiny. Cornstarch can be used to clean your windows or even polish furniture. Toothpaste shines silver, and vinegar to clean nearly anything in the house.

Going green does not have to be an overwhelming lifestyle change. Like any change in your life, start small with big intentions. These five ideas are easy, affordable, and go a long way in helping our environment.

I do many of these things now as I want to be as green as I possibly can. While living in Vermont for more than 20 years, I was able to recycle and compost so much of our garbage that I only had one bag in a six week’s timeframe. And, this was with a family of four! So, it can be done. Now, living in Florida, my composting is minimal but I do recycle every item on the county list.

The three R’s of Green are: Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose. Before you throw something away, think about other uses of the product. Can you recycle it, reuse it in another way or use it to make it into something else? Or, if you can’t do it, do you know someone or another organization that can? Think before you throw something away!

Do you know of ways to be green that aren’t mentioned here? Of course, there are many such as:

  • a rain barrel in the backyard to collect water for your plants
  • not printing paper if you can save the information on a computer file
  • living in a walkable community where you can walk to do some of your shopping & mail
  • not running the dishwasher unless it is full
  • washing your clothes in cold water
  • and so much more

If you’re interested in relocating to the Sarasota – Lakewood Ranch – Bradenton, Florida area of the gulf coast and would like to purchase a green home or move to a walkable community, I would love to assist you in your search. We have many Green Builders and walkable communities to choose from. In our area, we have LEED (the highest Green building rating) villas, condos and town homes along with Green Communities of Single Family Homes. Pricing starts in the mid-$200,000 range and goes up depending on the location and amenities in the community.

Contact me at Kristin.triolo@gmail.com or by telephone at +1 (941) 725-2486 anytime. As a Green Building Certified Realtor, I am very interested in green building and green features in all of the new homes in the area. There are all levels of “green building”. Which level are you interested in?

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