Sustainable/Green Living...Where Are We Today?

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Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Legends Realty Group 30PA1082583

I have done alot of thinking about the term "Green" and have come to the conlcusion that I much prefer the term "Sustainable Living".  Even though awareness is at an all time high, many people are not sure what "Green" means.  The term is defined differently in many industries and orginizations, there are also many different degrees.  For some the term means an environmental movement to others a political movement.  Most consumers believe it means "earth friendly" which is somewhat correct, simply put "Green" refers to lessening the environmental impact from society.  The term "Sustainable Living" refers to the ability to satisy the basic needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy there needs.  This type of living isn't simply a trend or passing fad but the wave of the future.  It begins with awareness, then comes a lifestyle change, and evovles into a commitment to make a difference, preserve, and conserve.  This has been going on since the 50's, remember Green Peace from the 70's?  The reason it has become so popular now is that WE are starting to feel the effects of not being aware.

I decided the only way I can talk the talk is to walk the walk and do my part to contribute.  For me it's all about awareness and being conscious of how I can make a difference.  Caculating my Carbon Footprint was an awakening in itself.  The Carbon Footprint is defined as a calculation of the amount of Green House gases (I will go into these further in future posts) produced as a result of Individual, Commercial, and Industrial activities.  There are some cool websites you can visit to measure YOUR carbon footrpint, they are http://www.EarthLab.Com, http://www.Conservation.Org, http://www.CarbonFund.Org.  These are free sites and contain tons of useful information.  Keep in mind the more data the calculator requires the more meaningful the result.

The decision to "Go Green" is no doubt a personal one but please consider two essential principles 1) Practice resource effieciency and conservation, 2) Practice social responsibility.  One person can't change a community but if each person does a little the end result is alot!  Below are a few low cost things that YOU can do to contribute.

1) Use CFL (Compact Flourescent Lamp) Lightbulbs, they will save you money too!

2) Collect Rain Water To Water Plants, get a barrel or container with a tight screen on top to block out an unwanted guests.

3) Install A Programmable Thermostat, another money saver!

4) Plant Trees

5) Install Low Flow Showerheads And Facuets

6) Start A Compost Pile

Some Medium Cost Ideas

1) Conduct An Energy Audit

2) Install Bamboo Or Cork Flooring, if you plan on getting rid of carpet or replacing floors.  Bamboo is not expensive and very duranle.

3) Consider Drought Resistant Landscaping (also known as Xeriscaping)

4) Insulate Attic And Other Areas

5) Buy Energy Star Appliances

6) Paint With No Or Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint

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Amy O'Laughlin
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Christopher-

I just wanted to thank you for your efforts and your blogs to help educate and enlighten those of us who are trying to be 'greener'.  I hadn't heard about the flooring options, yet.  That sounds like a better alternative than carpets that have so many chemical odors emanating from them-they can't possibily be good for the environment or my family.  I will look into that when my existing carpet is ready to be replaced.  Thanks again!

P.S.  Maybe another one for your Green list can be not to replace things that don't NEED to be replaced (i.e. replace your burnt out bulbs with CFL's)?

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