ecofriendly: What you don't know can cost you! - 09/29/09 04:06 AM
Given that I'm a Massachusetts resident and a green EcoBroker Realtor, it's my goal to find out all the information available to MA residents for installing and using renewable energy methods for heating and cooling their home. Additionally, there are also a number of Federal incentives available to you. You can find all the state and federal tax incentives and rebates in the Database of State Incentives available on the U.S. Department of Energy's website. For MA residents, a short list is outlined below. If you don't live in MA, skip down to the Federal listing and then check out the … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: Save Money with Energy Star - 09/28/09 07:29 AM
With the heating season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to pass along some energy-saving tips to help you both indoors and out. Not only can you reduce your energy bill, but you can reduce your carbon footprint by following some simple, easy steps: Energy Star Lighting - Energy Star labeled light bulbs and fixtures are very energy efficient without sacrificing performance or design. Special promotions and rebates are also available at many home improvement and other select stores. You can also visit the Energy Star web site for more information or call 877-378-2748 for more details. … (1 comments)

ecofriendly: Cook with Gas, Save Some Dough! - 09/09/09 04:07 AM
Of all your household appliances, which one do you think uses the most energy?  If you said refrigerator, you're right!  Among the other high-usage appliances, dishwashers, washers, and dryers rank right up there (see the Energy Star web site for more info). In fact, up to one-third of a households total energy consumption occurs in the kitchen and laundry areas.  But what about your gas stove?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cooking accounts for only 4.4% of a household's total energy consumption (Buildings Energy Data Book).  It's so low, in fact, that Energy Star doesn't even calculate an optimal … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: How to Spend $0 on Utility Bills - 08/18/09 04:41 AM
Simple! Go solar!! Even in the northeast, it's possible to rely completely on solar energy to power your home. Not only that, but it's cheaper than ever before. With recent advancements in technology and improved production methods, the cost of solar is coming into parity with the regular cost of electricity. Add in the various state and federal tax rebates and incentives and you could recoup the installation cost within months - then start making money by feeding excess electricity back to the grid! Here's a very rough and simple example, using my own latest utility bill. Latest monthly kWh usage … (3 comments)

ecofriendly: Energy Efficient Home Seminar - 08/13/09 07:50 AM
Energy Efficient Home Seminar
Thursday, August 27, 2009 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Qdoba Mexican Grill - Porter Square Cambridge
5 White Street - Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA How to Make Your Home Green And Save Some Green Learn about Solar and Geothermal energy options! Learn how the Energy Audit process works! Learn about building or rehabbing a green home! Learn how to finance it all! Green homes use much less energy, fewer resources, and are healthier for families living in them. In fact, one of the top reasons cited by consumers for wanting to green their home is the desire … (1 comments)

ecofriendly: Check Out the First Eco-Friendly, Luxury Condo Complex in Somerville, MA! - 08/06/09 11:28 AM
Perhaps you've tired of me always writing about how you can improve your current home to be more energy efficient, or how you can improve a fixer-upper to be more energy efficient and eco-friendly, but what about buying something brand spanking new that's eco-friendly and perhaps even LEED or Energy Star-rated? With that in mind, I thought it's time to start highlighting some of the new green construction that's already available in the Arlington/Cambridge/Somerville areas. So today I'd like to draw your attention to 55 Endicott Ave. in Somerville, MA. Built by GFC Development Corp., a leading 'green' real estate development … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: Pick the right solar vendor, save more money! - 07/29/09 12:31 PM
Maybe all my talk so far has convinced you it doesn't cost more to build energy-efficiently or install alternative methods of power generation, and now you're ready to make the big move to solar. If so, let me be the first to thank you for making that decision! Not only are you a true leader, but you're sure to be the next big topic of discussion in your neighborhood. But before you make the final choice on a solar installer, here are some key points to keep in mind as you meet with your local solar vendors: Get the contractor’s license … (2 comments)

ecofriendly: Bad Breath Indoors? Fret Not! - 07/27/09 03:25 AM
I send out a quarterly newsletter to my favorite clients and I thought over the weekend, "Why not post it on here as well"? Each person who reads my posts and subscribes to my blog is also a valued client, so why shouldn't you also get the same benefit, right? So for your reading pleasure, and summer comfort, here's an article* I sent out in my Summer Quarterly newsletter this year. Enjoy! You can easily clean up bad indoor air quality at home with just a few lifestyle changes and adjustments in your air-quality management. According to the American Lung Association, … (2 comments)

ecofriendly: Save Money by Buying an Eco-Friendly, Green Home - 07/21/09 08:10 AM
I already knew this from my EcoBroker course and the research I've been doing, but now my (new) favorite channel, Planet Green, has show after show confirming it - you don't have to spend a lot more money in order to buy eco-friendly housing.  If you're building anew or remodeling, follow the three R's - reuse, renovate, and recycle - and you'll spend maybe even less than your original budget to be eco- and energy-friendly.  In both cases, you'll more than make up for it on the back-end with reduced utility bills, greater home comfort, and improved personal health.
Wanna do … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: New Green Real Estate site launch - 07/17/09 05:20 AM
I'm proud to announce a new look to my web site, courtesy of Agent Image web site designs.  My new site can be found at: CyberGreenRealty.com
If you have any green suggestions for features or information you think I should include, please don't hesitate to let me know!  I'm open to all feedback and suggestions!
Thanks for taking the time to check it out.
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ecofriendly: House of Horrors - The Day the Mold Spores Spread - 07/14/09 04:19 AM
I recently toured a home wherein the listing agent referred to the basement as having "slight discoloration" from water damage.  Of course, this is a bank-owned property so I took it with a grain of salt, expecting more than just some discoloration.  Particularly after learning the house had been empty all winter and the pipes had burst in the first-floor kitchen, I knew there had to be more than just "discoloration."  I informed my buyer, who's looking for a "good-deal fixer-upper," and off we went to view the property.
Let's start by saying this listing agent should have her license revoked … (5 comments)

ecofriendly: Solar too tech or expensive for you? Did you know you could still use green power? - 07/10/09 03:17 PM
I'm slightly off-focus in this entry, wanting to talk about purchasing green power as opposed to the more activity-oriented approaches upon which I've been writing.  And since I just signed up for this myself today, I can attest to the ease with which you can make the switch yourself to clean energy. 
Let's look at some of the reasons people don't go with clean energy already:
Sometimes homeowners are unwilling to make the technological leap and be one of the first to try out a "new" technology (even though solar has been available for decades).  For others, it's still too cost-prohibitive … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: When it comes to solar, are you passive? - 07/05/09 03:01 PM
A passive solar home means there are no moving parts or equipment that need to be maintained.  Being "passive" means just that - it's all about how your house "lays" there and absorbs or reflects heat.
Heat naturally moves from a warmer material to a cooler material until there is no temperature difference between the two materials.  Passive solar homes take advantage of this property to distribute heat in the winter and to deflect heat away from surfaces in the summertime.
Direct heat gain is the simplest passive type of solar system, as it relies only on sun entering through a … (2 comments)

ecofriendly: Saving Money By Sealing Your Home - 07/02/09 03:13 PM
Don’t think of this as just a “winter” topic either – you can save money on your cooling costs starting now by taking some simple steps to seal (or “tighten”) your home.
Air leakage amounts to 30-40% of a home’s heating and cooling costs. Stopping air leakage is important not only for energy savings, but also for protecting your home from the damaging effects of moisture and resulting mold. When air leaks in through walls, it carries humidity. When it hits a cold spot, it condenses and causes insulation and the surrounding wood to get wet, resulting in wood rot and … (0 comments)

ecofriendly: What's Your Opinion on the Clean Energy Bill? - 07/02/09 05:33 AM
With so much discussion this week regarding the new clean energy bill now heading to the Senate, I thought it would be interesting to hear what other Realtors  and real estate professionals think of the latest version of the bill.
As a Certified EcoBroker, I am, personally, disappointed that NAR helped to water down the requirements for energy audits in real estate transactions, but I can also understand their concern, and the concern of my fellow Realtors, about its affect on real estate sales.
Which is more important to you - selling property or trying to live up to some sustainable-living, … (3 comments)

ecofriendly: How To Save on Cooling (and Heating) Costs with Landscaping - 06/29/09 11:04 AM
Overview
Perhaps the most pleasant economic savings can be derived from judicious and mindful planting of trees and shrubs. The value of traditional plantings serving as windbreaks is well known. Additionally, well-placed deciduous trees can shade a building during hot summer months yet allow warming sunshine to enter a building when warmth is needed in the winter. The summer shading feature of trees is particularly important for the following reason. Most homes are cooled with traditional window- or central- air conditioners using fractional horsepower single-phase electric motors and modern refrigerants (chlorofluorocarbons that are less potent greenhouse gases than their predecessors). The … (2 comments)

ecofriendly: I Have Officially Completed my EcoBroker Designation! - 06/28/09 03:51 PM
As a professional Realtor and member in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, and the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors, I would like to announce my official completion and attainment of the EcoBroker certification in real estate.
EcoBroker is the premier provider of green designation training for real estate professionals. Founded in 2002, the company has built a solid foundation of environmental education and outreach helping consumers and communities take advantage of energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive design in real estate properties.
Through EcoBroker’s unique energy and environmental curriculum, real estate professionals acquire the … (4 comments)

ecofriendly: What green or eco-friendly changes improve the value of a home? Share your top 3 tips here! - 06/28/09 11:03 AM
Every EcoBroker or NAR Green designee will have a different answer, but here are my favorite top three:
Installation of Energy Star appliances - lighting and appliances account for 27% of all energy used in a residence and account for more than 45% of total energy costs. You can actually show how much is saved in a home by comparing the old utility bills to the new, estimated costs by using the Energy Star ratings and your local utility rates. This shows an ACTUAL value increase in the home. Installation of new, energy efficient windows. Current windows are even more efficient … (5 comments)

ecofriendly: Arlington, MA 2008 Drinking Water Report Released - 06/24/09 03:01 PM
From my blog on 06/23/09:
"The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the Arlington Department of Public Works have released their annual Water Quality report for 2008, as mandated by the EPA. The results are excellent – we’ve got some of the best drinking water in the nation! For the 120 contaminants that are tested for, utilizing thousands of samples every week, every EPA standard was met and the lead test results show that MWRA has exceeded the federal Lead Action Level standards."
For more information, read my blog at CyberGreenRealty's Blog on Wordpress.
-TMC
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ecofriendly: MA Residents - Could You Use a 0% $15k Loan for Energy Improvements? - 06/24/09 02:45 PM
From my blog post on 6/24/09:
"If you live in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you may be eligible for a MassSAVE HEAT Loan, providing you with the opportunity to get a 0% loan for the installation of qualified energy efficient improvements in your home. The loan amount can not exceed $15,000 and the term of the loan can not exceed 7 years. To apply for the loan, you must OWN and OCCUPY a one-to-four family residence and obtain a Home Energy Assessment through the MassSAVE program."
For more information, read my blog at CyberGreenRealty's Blog on Wordpress.
-TMC
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