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Traveling Green - 10/31/07 03:40 PM
As I was sitting in the airport, waiting for my flight to board, I noticed the amount of stuff that people throw away while traveling. I watched as a constant and steady flow of people chucked everything from half-eaten airport meals, to coffee, to paper, to plastic bottles - much of which is recyclable stuff! My local airport, the Salt Lake City airport, doesn't have recycling available in airport terminals. We're all guilty to some degree... they won't let you bring a lot of stuff on board so you just chuck it in a hurry before boarding. This got me to (1 comments)
Electric And Hybrid Vehicles - A Step In The Right Direction - 10/29/07 06:21 PM
What is going to be our long term solution to the billions of tons of carbon we are putting into the atmosphere every year? Obviously, we have to do something. Global warming is REAL - it's not just something that we don't need to think about, and a HUGE contributor to global warming is our driving habits. Electric Technology exists. Cars exist that do not pollute. Cars exist that run solely on electric power, which can be recharged from Solar, Wind, or any other source of electricity. Some of these cars are becoming more and more practical and relevant. The Tesla Roadster, (6 comments)
More on Driving Greener - Natural Gas?? - 10/28/07 10:54 PM
In my continued search for "green" vehicles, I found this site on Yahoo Auto. http://autos.yahoo.com/green_center-top100/ It highlights the top 100 cars you can own to drive greener. Each is given a score from 100 to 1, with 100 being the best. The 2 highest scores were the Toyota Prius Hybrid, and the Honda Civic Hybrid, each with a score of 86. Very close second was the Honda Civic NGV with an 85 - this is a Natural Gas Vehicle. Honda, for about $500 to $1500 sells a pump you can hook up to your home's natural gas line to fill up. (0 comments)
Can you drive greener? - 10/26/07 01:50 PM
How many miles per year do you drive? How many per month? Per week? Could you cut down at all? Carpool? Take Public transportation from time to time? Some people, (myself included) have an SUV or big truck as their primary driving vehicle. Couldn't we downsize a bit, or buy a small, fuel efficient hybrid to use as a primary vehicle? I found this website - http://GreenCar.com It's a magazine, a journal you can subscribe to. Their website has all the latest information on the newest "greener" vehicles, hybrids, electrics, and alternative fuel vehicles. Check it out, and think about what (2 comments)
Park City Resort Is Reducing It's Carbon Footprint!! - 10/24/07 09:55 PM
This is somewhat of a continuation on my earlier blog about reducing your carbon footprint. To recap, I attended a workshop yesterday where Brent Giles, Director of Operations for Park City Mountain Resort was one of the speakers. This post will be about him, and what he has done to help Park City Resort reduce it's carbon footprint! I would like to commend Brent for his efforts, and I would highly encourage other resorts to take a close look at what he's done with Park City, and start to implement some of his ideas.Park City's carbon footprint is broken down as (2 comments)
Reduce your Carbon Footprint - 10/24/07 10:25 AM
Yesterday I attended a workshop put on by Recycle Utah. It was largely about reducing your carbon footprint. There were several speakers - my favorite was Brent Giles of Park City Mountain Resort. He has taken HUGE steps toward reducing the carbon footprint of Park City Mountain Resort. I'll save the details of what he's done for a different post. The thing that astounded me most was to learn how huge our impact on the environment is from driving. I knew it was bad.... but this blew me away! One gallon of gasoline weighs about 6.5 pounds. But when it's burned, (3 comments)
Why Is Diesel More Expensive than Regular Gasoline?? - 10/22/07 12:27 AM
Why is diesel fuel more expensive than premium gasoline?? Diesel has been historically cheaper than regular gasoline. It costs less to refine, and doesn't use any more crude than regular gasoline, so why are diesel prices now $0.30, $0.40, and even $0.50 more PER GALLON than regular unleaded gasoline? I recently bought a diesel SUV because it's fuel economy is much better than the gas model, and the gas model requires premium. I figured I'd be saving on gas (per gallon) and saving overall by getting better gas mileage. BOY WAS I WRONG. Over the past few months, Diesel prices are SIGNIFICANTLY (9 comments)
Live and Let Live! - 10/19/07 01:32 PM
This BLOG entry is a little rant! Why do people have to complain about EVERYTHING, that EVERYONE ELSE does, when it doesn't even concern them? No Matter what it is, someone is going to find a reason to b#%ch about it. Why can't people just live their own lives, and let others live theirs? It seems that some people live to b$%ch, and you wonder.... don't these people have jobs? Do they have NOTHING BETTER TO DO??? I guess I just have trouble understanding why some people feel it is their job to stick their noses in everyone else's business. Can (7 comments)
Winterize Your Lawn and CONSERVE Water! - 10/18/07 03:32 PM
Water is a scarce commodity here in Utah, and our summers can be very, very dry, yet we still see people blatantly wasting water!! Too often, you see people with their sprinklers running while it's raining, while the wind is blowing, or during the heat of the day, when most of it is likely to evaporate anyway! What a WASTE!! Instead, people should MINIMIZE the watering of their lawns as much as possible, and do it in the very early morning hours (2 AM to 6 AM) to maximize the effect of the water. People should consider Xeriscaping, or even just (1 comments)
Utah's Award Winning BEERS?? - 10/17/07 12:08 PM
Hey wait... Isn't Utah the land of the Mormons? The place with all the Polygamists, and an average family size of 15?? Isn't Utah the place where you can't order a double, and you have to buy a "private club membership" to go into a real bar? It's not as bad as you might think here in Utah. Average family size is actually decreasing, and in reality, less than 50% of the people who live in Salt Lake City are actually Mormons, and less than 30% in Park City! And while Utah's Liquor laws are kinda silly - you just have (2 comments)
Ski Season is coming up FAST!!! - 10/16/07 07:55 PM
It has already snowed twice in Park City so far this year, and the season is fast approaching! If you're vacationing in Park City, or to any of the Ski Resorts in the area, Please contact me in advance of your trip! I can probably help you obtain day passes, and coupon books at a much discounted rate from the regular "day pass" rate! I have included links to all the resorts, and my personal tips about each one below! If you're planning on buying a season pass to any of Utah's great resorts, read on for all you need (1 comments)
More on CFL's - Is the MERCURY level dangerous?? - 10/15/07 06:20 PM
Do compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury? The answer is - YES, they do. The bulbs contain trace amounts of Mercury, which when not recycled properly, can make it to the landfills where landfill workers could be exposed to elevated amounts. Does this mean you should NOT switch from regular incandescent light bulbs to CFL's?? NO. Even though fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, using them contributes less mercury to the environment than using regular incandescent bulbs. That's because they use less electricity — and coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of mercury emissions in the air. According to the federal government, (1 comments)
A Note About Earth-Friendly Lighting - 10/14/07 04:29 PM
Did you know - By replacing 20 light bulbs in and outside your home with CFL's can save you an average of $180 per year??? Replacing these same 20 bulbs will also prevent 1686 lbs PER YEAR of pollution from entering the atmosphere!!! For an average cost of $100 to $150 - your investment in CFL's will pay you back in energy savings THE FIRST YEAR!! Really, you have no excuse! Just DO IT! Spend the time, buy the bulbs, and HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. CFL's can be found at just about any grocery store, Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, and (6 comments)
EcoMoto.com - WIN a GREEN Scooter! - 10/12/07 02:58 PM
Have you ever considered owning a scooter? After my workout this morning at my gym here in Park City, I noticed this little card sitting on the table. It was an advertisement and contest for EcoMoto.com - and they are holding a Halloween photo contest. You must dress up in full costume, and send a picture posing with a scooter (doesn't need to be yours). You can include friends, animals, etc. The grand prize is a Genuine Buddy Scooter. You can also win massages, dinners, movies etc.
I thought this was a creative way to get people thinking about scooters! (2 comments)
A Note About Energy-Efficient Windows - 10/11/07 06:54 PM
With winter approaching fast, it might be a good idea to look at upgrading the windows in your home. Most homeowners can save a lot on their monthly heating bills in colder winter climates by upgrading their windows. Along with economic savings, energy is saved overall, and less pollution is expelled into the atmosphere. If you live in a climate where it freezes during the winter months, this post is definitely for you! Benefits: Significant savings can be realized from modern windows. Unless recently upgraded, your windows are likely a major source of heat loss. In cold climates, windows transfer heating (2 comments)
For a Virtual Tour of this home - CLICK HERE Great Family home in desirable sandy neighborhood. The quiet street, and relaxed setting with great views of the Wasatch Mountains make this the perfect place to call home! - Updated kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops.- New carpet on main level and custom paint throughout.- New stucco on entire house July 2007. - AWESOME back deck made out of No Maintenance deck material.- Fully fenced and Private back yard with dog run.- 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths, and 2554 Square Feet (1 comments)
"Green" open house tour - 10/10/07 04:44 PM
I have just returned from out weekly realtor open house tour. Here in Park City, our local Board of Realtors organizes open house tour for all the new listings to be seen, and it's Every Wednesday. One week it's "In town" listings, and the next week it's "out of town" listings (as in not in Park City Proper). I wanted to write a comment here about how Windermere participates in Open House Tour, in a cleaner, greener way! Rather than all of us taking our individual cars and driving around... From house to house... separately, and without organization, as most agents (2 comments)
For a Virtual Tour of this great property CLICK HERE Great home in Heber esigned around a passive solar heating system on OVER AN ACRE of property!! This home has many features including hardwood and stone floors, a solarium, a great room with rock fireplace, and incredible views of Mt. Timpanogos. The open and comfortable floor plan includes 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, and has 2344 Finished S/F. The basement has 600 S/F of unfinished "storage" space that could easily be finished for more rooms or living space, and 600 S/F of finished space which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and "workout" or second (0 comments)
A Note About Energy-Efficient Mortgages from EcoBroker - 10/09/07 05:57 PM
Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Energy-efficient mortgages are one of the most beneficial and under-utilized programs the consumer can find and capitalize upon in today's real estate market. An energy-efficient mortgage can add an additional 15% of a home's appraised value to the principal of a new loan or a refinance, often at no additional cost, no compromise in the loan-to-value ratio for the borrower, and sometimes at a better rate. Yes, one pays a bit more in principal and interest, at today's rates, roughly $30-50 dollars per month, over the course of the loan. However, when this extra principal is used to install (0 comments)
Why Work With an ECOBROKER?? - 10/09/07 04:59 PM
Why Work With an ECOBROKER?? Buyer Benefits ~Know more about the potential monthly savings or costs of a home: EcoBrokers® have an understanding of energy efficiency and the costs or savings associated with insulation, windows, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other features of your home that affect your monthly bottom line. ~Know more about indoor air quality and healthy environments: EcoBrokers® can help you address environmental issues including: indoor air quality, ventilation, use of low VOC paints, quality radon testing, and reliable water testing. ~Consider building orientation and natural landscaping features: EcoBrokers® understand energy savings that can be derived (1 comments)
Food for Thought - 10/09/07 11:24 AM
SOMETHING WORTH READING First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked (4 comments)
A note about Passive Solar Heating from EcoBroker - 10/08/07 10:59 AM
Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Easy economic savings accrue from designing and building features that effectively trap heat from the sun during the day and release that heat slowly throughout the nighttime. The effect is similar to living near a large body of water where the thermal mass of the water lessens temperature extremes. That means reduced heating and cooling load for a building, and that saves you money. You may easily incorporate thermal mass into a building for passive solar heating by using materials such as concrete, stone floor slabs, or masonry partitions that hold, then slowly release heat. Orienting your building (0 comments)
Windermere team wins the Chili Cookoff at Family Fall Fest in Park City! - 10/06/07 06:50 PM
Today was the 2nd annual "Family Fall fest" here in Park City, where families come for activities, free ice skating, face painting, and to judge the teams' BBQ and chili. The contest is judged entirely by popular vote. The proceeds of the Family Fall Fest go to help local families' in Park City. If the kids have never had a chance to experience the best part of Park City's winters, the skiing, this event pays for scholarships for kids to participate in a winter program to learn to ski. The program is called "Get to know the Snow and Ice" scholarship (1 comments)
Can "Green" go 4 wheel drive? - 10/05/07 03:27 PM
While buying a hybrid might sound like a great idea at first, for many of us, the hybrids and alt. fuel vehicles that exist in today's market just aren't practical. Some companies are producing hybrid trucks, and larger SUV's, but the fact is - the hybrid technology in these vehicles is aimed as much at enhancing performance as it is at gaining fuel economy and lowering emissions. The following website is the FDA's guide to the Hybrid Vehicles that currently exist. http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hybrid_sbs.shtml The good news is, fully electric technology DOES exist. There are vehicles that can go 400 to 500 miles on (2 comments)
GO Green with the Smart - 10/04/07 01:12 PM
Since this is my first Blog Post on Active Rain, I'll share a post that I did on another blog - http://winutah.com/news/?p=46 As An EcoBroker, I want to use this blog to promote "green" living, real estate related or not, as well as keep you up to date on the best the Park City Real Estate market has to offer. So, without further a due, on to the SMART. Is the smart for you? Posted By: Jonelle Simons - http://www.buyparkcity.net Smart "Fortwo" Produced in France by the Mercedes Car Group, the "Fortwo" model has been on a 50-city U.S. tour this summer, (3 comments)
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