Living Green at Home in Manhattan

Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

Living Green at Home in Manhattatan

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Do you incorporate “green living” into your home?  

54% Yes ( Corcoran’s Consumer Report 2011)

 Consider these suggestions to make your home a more eco-friendly environment.

  • Take off your shoes when you get home! Did you know that 80% of indoor air pollutants are tracked in off the streets?
  • When painting, only use low or zero voc (volatile organic compound) paints. If you can smell it, it is toxic.
  • Only use cleaning products made from safe, natural and non-toxic ingredients.
  • Buy local, seasonal and organic. Visit to locate your nearest farmers market.
  • Swap out incandescent bulbs for warm tone CFL’s (try the 2700k or an LED alternative).
  • Refinish wood floors with low-voc urethane or water based floor finish.
  • Use low–voc caulk, sealant, and grout in bathrooms & kitchens.
  • If replacing floors, use cork, marmoleum, bamboo, FSC certified or reclaimed wood.
  • If replacing carpets, use natural, sustainable, recycled and/or long lasting fibers.
  • Consider kitchen countertops made from a variety of recycled materials.
  • Install low flow taps, showerheads and toilets.
  • Buy FSC-certified furniture or go vintage.
  • Have a garden? Capture rain water for re-use and feed your plants with eco-fertilizers.
  • Use organic linens & towels and make sure the dyes used are also safe and natural.  Replace and clean air filters.
  • Make sure your windows, doors, roofs, and basements are properly insulated.
  • Install light colored solar shades in windows to block and reflect the sun in the summer which will reduce your cooling costs too.
  • Install and use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning when you can.
  • Compost your food waste either with a countertop composter or start a building-wide initiative.
  • Designate a bike room or bike racks for your building.
  • Buy Energy Star appliances but remember to keep them maintained in order to reap their benefits.
  • Want a roaring fire? Save a tree and try an eco-friendly firelog.
  • Buy in bulk if you have the space. It saves money, energy and resources.
  • Nix the car and join a pay-as-you-go car membership club.
  • Don’t toss away – find someone who will “re-purpose” your no-longer-needed furniture, electronics, etc.
  • Forgo the dry cleaners and wash by hand or find your local CO2 cleaners or wet cleaner.
  • Pests are inevitable – skip the toxic fumes and use an eco-friendly exterminator.
  • Sign up for the NYCWasteLe$$, Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI) through to learn what’s recyclable and how to do it.
  • Unplug small appliances when not in use and plug electronics into a power strip for easy on and off - avoid phantom energy loss - your wallet will thank you.


If every one of us did just one thing on this would make a world of difference in our world.

Related green links:


Green Resources and Services

NY Green Tax Incentives

Green Condos in Manhattan

Tips for Greening your Apartment


Courtesy of:

Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker

The Corcoran Group


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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Excellent tips, here!    Especially the "shoes off" one.....

Sep 24, 2011 06:33 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I did not know I was helping the environment by taking my shoes off, it is the first thing we both do, when we walk in the door...It is amazing, how many on your list we do automatically.  Can't fathom the idea of buying in bulk, we would have enough for the next lifetime, LOL> A

Sep 24, 2011 08:11 AM #2
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

These tips are great no matter where you live.  I don't take off my shoes however....I wear orthotics and need to keep them on!

Sep 24, 2011 02:32 PM #3
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi Li, Shoes off is a good one. I do it first thing because I walk alot and I can't wait to get my shoes off.

Hi Alexandra, I disn't know either until I read a green home checklist a while ago. Living in Manhattan buying in bulk isn't an option. (at least for my apartment)

Hi, Ruthmarie, Every little bit helps.

Sep 24, 2011 03:28 PM #4
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
Oh the shoes....I know all the facts and arguments. I just despise the look of a bunch of shoes beside my door. The clutter drives me insane. Go ahead and laugh,,,,,my kids do! LOL! Seriously, great tips for everyone here.
Sep 24, 2011 03:32 PM #5
Reno, NV

That is a complete "green living list". I do what I can and keep educating myself. I am a member of the Climate Project (Al Gore's Group). I recycle everything I can. I am pushing for education to start in kindergarten on recycling..... thanks for the post!

Sep 27, 2011 04:40 PM #6
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