Tampa Mortgage Lender Begs..."Please Don't Pass Gas When I am Right Here!"

Mortgage and Lending with Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source

Woman_holding_nose In my South Tampa home, we have a new rule...no passing gas!  The man of the house isn't too happy about it, but it is a must.  He says..."it doesn't smell"...but that's the silent but deadly part.  There is no smell. 

Guess what...It's carbon dioxide gas and I don't want it around me or ruining my beautiful environment!

Many people believe the things they can't see or smell don't exist.  Well, I am here to tell you that carbon dioxide does exist and we need to make a difference to stop global warming.  I love our climate in Tampa Florida and I would like to continue to enjoy it for the next 50 years.

Imagine....Tampa being one of the cities that contributes the least amount of carbon dioxide...we could be nationally recognized.  Next thing we know, everyone want to purchase and live in Tampa!  Oh, what a beautiful thing it would be. 

Let's work together to limit the amount of gas we pass around each other.  Here are a few simple things we can do to save carbon dioxide:Co2_cloud

  • Change a Light - You can save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by just replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb
  • Check Your Tires - Poor tire pressure wastes gas.  Keeping your tires inflated property can improve gas mileage by 3% and every gallon of gas you save in turn saves 20 pounds of carbon dioxide
  • Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water - Saves about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide per year
  • Plant a Tree - One tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over it's lifetime.
  • Unplug Your Electrical Devices - Unplugging electronics when they are not in use can save thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

We all want to live in the best environment possible.  Here in Tampa, homeowners want nothing less.  One small change can go a long way. 

I have replaced over 10 bulbs in our house with the compact fluorescent model.  I only wash in cold water (thank you Tide for cold water).  I have 5 huge trees in my little South Tampa yard and we just bought another one to plant last weekend.  I use Eco-Friendly Pest Control.  And, upon doing this research, thanks to the help of one of my wonderful friends, Melissa Meehan with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, I have learned today about turning off and unplugging my electrical devices (thank you Melissa).  If you have questions about how you can make responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean communities, please feel free to click here to email Melissa.

If you are interested in more information on the truth about Global Warming, please check out http://www.climatecrisis.net/


This information provided on behalf of your dedicated Eco-friendly Tampa Mortgage Professional, Leah Ross.  If you are interested in ways you can make your home more energy efficient, please email or call me.  I proudly offer my mortgage services in South Tampa, Tampa, New Tampa, Brandon, Westchase, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and the rest of the Tampa Bay area.

Comments (29)

Loretta Buckner
Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life - Palm Harbor, FL
Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life!
Go Green, Leah!  (and let it not be our complexions!)
Sep 06, 2007 12:19 PM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Ok, I got a kick out of the "silent but deadly!"  IT sounds like you've implemented many changes to help your enviroment.  I need to get on the stick as well!
Sep 06, 2007 12:41 PM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

LEAH - Great post! Silent but deadly....my kids do that! I love the way you have tied this in to energy savings. This truly is a FUN thing we have going on here! We are not just tree huggers!

How fun is it that you write a smaller check to your electric company each month? How fun is it that you don't have to replace your favorite digs because you have washed them in cold water and they last longer and hold their color better? I hope they are GREEN in color (ha!)

Thanks for sharing yourself in our ECO World! Great ideas!

Keep the Green!

Sep 06, 2007 01:34 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Leah - I was not sure where this was going to lead with the title and entry line! A very good post and love the way you put it together. I am going to add a link on my outside blog!
Sep 06, 2007 03:17 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hi Leah,

Part of the fun in eating is passing gas? hehehe But, rest assured I want you to know that I did plant several new shrubs in my yard this year to make up for it. :-)

P.S.> Think I'm gonna go cook me up some chili. hehehe


RE/MAX Olympic, Manassas VA



Sep 06, 2007 03:24 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Leah.... I love the title and wanted to see where you were going with this. Great job and so true. Just like your bug post. Well, the termite one. ;o)

jeff belonger

Sep 06, 2007 04:53 PM
Joanne Hanson
Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate - Frisco, CO
Summit County, Colorado Realtor
A great job of grabbing people's attention Leah!  Conserving more is on my "must do" list.  I will have to see what appliances I can unplug!
Sep 06, 2007 05:28 PM
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
We replaced most of our light bulbs with the new florescent ones and started unplugging appliances when not in use... our electric bill is 25% less now.... that is way too cool
Sep 06, 2007 08:22 PM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Barbara Jo ~ Well, it sounds like you are doing a great job of not passing gas... ;)  Kudos to you for being so true to being Green!  (Or Yellow...haha)

Missy ~ Glad you liked it!  I could give you any answer you want as far as the gym goes...how about.."No, don't go and save the gas..." ?

BB ~ You can do it.  I know it is hard for most men to stop passing gas...just give it a try :)


Sep 07, 2007 01:45 AM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Matt ~ So true...that is great to know...I was surprised when I found the same thing.  My friend told me that even when a plug is plugged in and not in use, it is still sucking power because it is in "ready mode"....who would have thunk?

Jack ~ Thank you for the nice comment!  I try to do the best I can!

Loretta ~ It's not easy being green, thank goodness my natural complexion doesn't reflect that!

Sep 07, 2007 01:47 AM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Chris T ~ Yea, I figured a lot of people would get a kick out of the humous twist!  Thanks for the comment!

Mary ~ What a great comment!  So true on so many points!  You are a great ECO leader, so really the thanks goes to you!

Paula ~ That is fantastic!  Thank you so much for your support!!

Sep 07, 2007 01:50 AM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Keith ~ Okay, TMI...haha!  Please, don't do the chili....step away from the beans!!  Your poor family ;)

Jeff ~ Thanks for the comment!

Joanne ~ To do lists and must do lists are so good to have!  Once I realized that if I just start with one, just one, small difference, it is good...it all clicked for me!

Thesa ~ That is AWESOME!  You are a perfect example of what a difference you can make!


Sep 07, 2007 01:56 AM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
Wow...My house runs on GAS!  Natural gas...and lots of natural male gas as well!!  Ugghh!!!  We actually do have a natural gas community - I do wash my hands in cold water and soap to kil the germs - AND I will begin unplugging my electronics!  I'm right there with the replies above me that I had no idea this would save anything by unplugging the sytems from the wall.  WOW!  Great info from Tampa today!!
Sep 07, 2007 04:44 AM
Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


I haven'y had your posts come up on my subscription, but I think I got it now, anyway this is a great post on Carbon Dioxide, and it is very deadly, I myself have one of those alarms just in case...

Tom Weiss

Sep 07, 2007 04:53 AM
Leah Ross
Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source - Tampa, FL
Tampa, Florida Mortgage

Susie ~ Very cute ;)  In regards to the unplugging...this is something new that not many people knew before...

Tom ~ Thanks for the comment!!

Sep 07, 2007 05:31 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Leah...nice to meet you! I'm doing the "meet and greet"

I felt pretty good after reading your Blog...I do all except for the un-plugging. Didn't know about the unplugging! Thanks for the info!

Sep 08, 2007 11:58 AM
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales
I'm really troubled by the fact that I never watch TV, but my TV is constantly plugged in and "ready" to respond. But it's too heavy for me to move alone to unplug it.....
Sep 09, 2007 09:36 AM
Robin Landis
ERA Dennis Realty - Lutz, FL
I like your style Leah!! I walked into the gas station the other day and asked the attendant for $5 worth of gas-she farted and handed me a receipt!! LOL!! Humor is good for the soul!! Keep smilin!!(We know it's gas).
Apr 30, 2008 03:45 PM
David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN
Don't give milk or table scraps to the Jack Russell terrier, either. It really stinks up the house. Whew ! :-)
Apr 30, 2008 03:51 PM
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

Robin that was a good one!  LOL

Leah - Great post, we do many things to save as much energy as possible.

  1. Unplugging - this is aka Vampire Electricity suckers, I was shocked the 1st time I heard this and it threw me at first, I had no idea.
  2. I have turned off many computers every day and changing them all to hypernation mode after 30 minutes
  3. We wash everything in cold water
  4. We started recycling (even though our immediate neighborhood doesn't participate)
  5. Car pooling as often as possible with others going to the same places, and planning errands around the already scheduled trips "while we are already out"
  6. Turn off the air in the winter and cooler months, when its cold we grab for blankets and extra layers vs the thermostat (turning on the heat - if we do this 2x per year it's amazing)
  7. Replace bulbs with the energy efficent ones only, and watching these things when it comes to new appliances or electronic purchases.
  8. Making sure the kids know its NOT ok to leave lights, T.V.'s and other electonics on when not in use.
  9. Shutting the Refrigerator doors immediately (uses so much energy) Don't leave it open, even for 3 seconds.
  10. Reducing the pool circulation as often (not so much use of pool pump) & bumping the temperator a few degrees when not home or leaving for lengthy periods of time.
May 05, 2008 06:13 PM