Tips for Green Living

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Real Estate Agent with INET Realty Honolulu, HI 68131

More & more people are embracing living green. It's a responsible, forward-thinking outlook that declares, "There's no place like home - so save it." The key to living green is sustainability: living comfortably while minimizing your home's carbon footprint, lowering energy, and minimizing consumption and fuel needs. By giving consideration to green practices, everybody can play a part as a responsible citizen of the planet, aligning oneself with this ever-growing eco-friendly demographic. If you haven't already, get ready to go green.

MINIMIZE your paper usage. Through the use of email and the Internet the work has almost been done for you but you can take it a step further. Ensure that you use electronic transaction management systems for payments. Think twice before printing off every email and or invoice, request. If you have a copy electronically don't waste paper by duplicating. No one needs a paper trail following them (literally).

RECYCLING is essential to any home. Don't throw in the trash what can be recycled such as glass, plastic bottles & cans, newspapers etc....

COMPOST bins should be part of every homeowner's landscape, except for those who live in appartments. If your area doesn't pick up composting then visit your local hardware store for a compost bin, it'll cut your waste down significantly.

BEEF UP INSULATION, which can help cut your heating and cooling energy costs and consumption.

CHANGE your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs will cut your energy costs drastically.

REDUCE water consumption may not be as hard as you thought; gray water systems reuse rainwater by circulating it into the sewage system.

UPDATE YOUR APPLIANCES. The newer ones are now going green as well: dishwasher, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, freezers are now becoming energy efficient. By replacing your appliances with energy efficient ones you are making a great investment for the environment.

LOW FLUSH toilets are the new rage, wasting less water in volume per flush.

USE NATURAL LIGHTING. Thinking about renovating? Nature's answer to interior lighting is the skylight: they help to illuminate rooms so you can keep those lights off.

CHOOSE sustainably produced materials: bamboo & cork floorings, non-toxic paint, non-bleached fabrics... surround yourself with products that leave a small carbon footprint.

 

Most importantly, going green is the way of the future. And it's here to stay. Green homes are not only less expensive to maintain, they also guarantee that there will be resources for generations to come.

Posted by

Monique C. Ting S e-pro SFR

iNet Realty

1750 s. King street Honolulu, HI 96826

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Rainmaker
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Roch St-Georges
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These are great points I know our brokerage is working towards receiving accreditation from EcoBroker

Oct 25, 2009 04:24 AM #7
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Rebecca Sargent
Century 21 Home Realty Inc. - Kitchener, ON

Sustainability is a topic close to my heart and something I post on regularly. Almost everyone seems to happily get on board with the last R of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle or with trying to just reduce energy or water usage, but there is much more to it than that. Constantly buying new things is hardly "green". We need to start reducing what we use and our growing list of "needs" and reusing what we already have. The "greenest" thing you can do is stop buying so much crap. Think before you buy, do I actually need this? Chances are, you don't and you will spare the energy and toxicity needed to create, store and transport that object to get to your home.

Oct 25, 2009 05:56 AM #8
Rainmaker
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It really isn't that hard to go green.  Or at least partially green.  Every grocery store I know sells re-usuable shopping bags right now and I see lots of people using them.

Oct 25, 2009 07:03 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Green living is slow to come to the suburbs but it is coming.  I was pleased to see how some are building in nearby towns with energy in mind and sustainability.  Thanks for the post.

Oct 25, 2009 07:04 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Fischer, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

What a thoughtful blog post! Thank you very much; I appreciate it.

Oct 25, 2009 08:35 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

The more people are educated, the more they seem to be embracing green thinking and applying it to their daily lives.  We do over half your list and have for awhile.  Every little thing we do now is worth it for the generations to come.

Oct 25, 2009 09:03 AM #12
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Lisa Matykiewicz
United Brokers Group - Gilbert, AZ

Good post.  This is a great reminder that even doing a few little things can make a big difference! 

Oct 25, 2009 10:11 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is an easy to read, readers digest version of going green. Thanks!

Oct 25, 2009 11:01 AM #14
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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTORĀ® - New Port Richey, FL

Great post.  What I have found, in my limited experience, is those who decide to just do a little to make a difference, end up doing alot overtime as they realize one little change at a time, can make a huge difference over time, and encourages more actions

Oct 25, 2009 11:10 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

I like all of your suggestions - I regularly try to minimize the paper, I do recycle, I have changed most of my light bulbs, I have low flow plumbing, energy efficient appliances and I compost.  Adding insulation is a great idea - and I know that if I ever renovate, I want to be as environmentally friendly as possible!

Oct 25, 2009 01:06 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks for the nice post today.  I like it.  Lots of good ideas here.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Oct 25, 2009 01:24 PM #17
Rainer
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Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

It is good to remind everyone of the ways we can go green at a basic level. I am surprised when I learn of people who don't even recycle their paper, cans and glass.

 

Oct 25, 2009 01:50 PM #18
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

Joseph, thank you for the web site. I'll definitively take a look at it!

Oct 25, 2009 02:13 PM #19
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

Joe, yes you are right that in our line of business a lot can be done to operate in a "green" paperless way. I am glad to hear that your company has embraced this new way of doing business... I am slowly & surely trying to do the same. Warm Aloha!

 

Oct 25, 2009 02:31 PM #20
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Dawn Barry-Griffin
Portlandia Properties,LLC - Portland, OR

Nice post Monique..these are all great , simple "baby steps" that everyone can take to make their life more green. Imagine if everyone incorporated just a few of these things into their life what a difference it would make. Happy to be here in Portland, OR, "green living" is pretty much a way of life!

Oct 25, 2009 03:31 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD

Monique,

Green living is making inroads into the mainstream but needs constant reminders like this to drive home the message. Green homes also often will sell for more money and faster.

Oct 25, 2009 04:00 PM #22
Rainer
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Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

This is all so simple to implement that I think I will re-blog it!

Oct 25, 2009 10:02 PM #23
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Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

And if you want to sell your home faster and for more money, go Solar. Give your buyers a reason to buy YOUR house, not the REO down the street.

If you want to know how, you'll find me.

 

Oct 26, 2009 02:56 AM #24
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Rhonda Walker
Long & Foster REALTORS - Springfield, VA
ABR, e-PRO VA Real Estate

Great tips that we should all live by. I have recently noticed a shift in how some of my clients think as well. Yes, a lot of people still want large homes, but others are starting to think about energy costs of having a home that large. One person is even planning on installing solar panels! We all need to act this way.

Oct 26, 2009 05:14 AM #25
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Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTORĀ® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

We can all do something more - so thanks for the suggestions.  My newspaper just had an article about line drying clothes, although some communities actually ban it (imagine!).  But it's a great way to save on energy.

Oct 27, 2009 10:01 AM #26
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