What's Your Green IQ?

Real Estate Agent with Mountain Place Realty

Perhaps one of the most popular goals for many companies and households today is to "Go Green."  But what does "green" exactly mean?

In the past, being friendly to the environment merely meant recycling and carpooling.  Now, however, with heightened concerns about global warming, the desire to be "green" (or safe for the environment) has generated terminology all its own.  Check out these questions below to test your eco-savvy.

Q.  What is the difference between greywater and blackwater?

A.  Greywater is waste water from sinks and showers.  It can be stored and used again to water lawns.  Blackwater, on the other hand, comes from toilets and must routed to a sewer.

Q.  When constructing a home, which would be more green, to use high-VOCs products or low-VOCs?

A.  VOCs stands for volatile organic compounds, usually taking the form of formaldehyde gas.  Traditional home-building involves several products made with VOCs, such as plywood, particle board and varnish.  In contrast, modern green construction incorporates low-VOC products, which helps improve air quality.

Q.  Is a carbon footprint usually expressed in pounds, tons, or megatons?

A.  A carbon footprint (the total amount of carbon dioxide a person or business emits) is typically measured in equivalent tons.  Of course, based its total emissions, a company may have to go on a "carbon diet" to meet newer, more rigid standards.

Here in the North Georgia Mountains, I see more and more builders striving to produce environment-friendly homes.  Likewise, as a Realtor, I work to stay informed and ready to help customers find the green home of their dreams. 


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