Green at Being "Green" - Really Green!!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine NH and Maine Broker


Kermit on the Computer

Okay, I admit it, I'm not very green at this point - or I should say, I'm VERY green at being green.
  BUT I've learned an awful lot reading all the really cool posts in this ECO-friendly and Green Group.  And I've found that there really are things I can do that are little by little making my world and my life a tad bit greener along the way.


I loved Liz Foley's winning post last year - "Kermit Had it Right - It ISN'T Easy Being Green!"  And I learned a few things from her post as well.  I just went back and re-read it again, probably for the 10th time because I really enjoyed not only the content but her sense of humor as well.  If you missed it during the last contest, take a look at it now - it's worth a read!


Anyway, back to me being a tiny bit green here in my world in Portsmouth New Hampshire.  With all the reading I've done here of posts that deal with green, being good stewards of our world, being eco-friendly, etc., I have become MUCH more aware of things green around me, and have found little ways I can improve things as well.  I had always thought 'those kinds of things' were very involved, very expensive, time-consuming, etc.  But I've learned differently, thanks to the AR members who continue to educate us all here.

Here in Portsmouth, we have a fabulous new library that is the only LEED green public building in New England at this moment.  There are others in the works, but great effort went into the planning and building of this beautiful building.  The first day they were open, their 'soft opening', I went to see it and ended up getting a personal tour of all the sections on each floor - what a beautiful place our new library is!  

Water Saver Kits and Energy Saving lightbulbs

In my own personal world - what have I done?  Well, little things here and there.  I have stopped having my groceries at any grocery store put in those plastic bags that are so much easier to carry, and I've been requesting paper bags instead - not easy to carry, just so you know!  I know, some bring their own canvas bags for their shopping - I have plenty of those, but I haven't gotten there yet.  Paper bags are good - a small step but a good one (I think!).

I've switched just about all the light bulbs in my house that I can over to the super duper energy saving kind of bulbs.  Unfortunately they don't make those in 3-way bulbs yet, or not that I've found here. 


We went to a home show up in Portland Maine last year, and Central Maine Power, the electric company for most of Maine, was giving them away.  We brought home 2 cases of them, and have made it a point to replace burned out bulbs with these energy-saving bulbs.

Portsmouth residents were provided 'Water Saving Kits" by our municipal water/sewer department this past fall, free of charge for each address you had a water/sewer bill for.  These kits included water-saving showerheads, a thing that helps reduce the amount of water used by toilets, water-saving faucet heads, and a guide on additional ways to conserve water.  We got several of them and they were FREE to us - how cool is that?


We have a terrific Seacoast Portsmouth Farmer's Market that starts in the spring and goes until November.  All the booths have to be only locally grown or locally made products, and I love shopping there as soon as they start back up each year.  A couple of years ago, a small group was started, "Buy Local First", that promoted buying, shopping, and eating locally grown produce and locally made products.  What better place than at our local farmers' markets?  Yummy fresh food!

Recycle Used Ink Cartridges

I was in the downtown Portsmouth Post Office last week, waiting in line to buy some of those "Forever Stamps", and happened to notice a little dispenser I hadn't seen in there before.  Upon closer inspection, I noticed that it was little bags that you could take to dispose of your used ink cartridges for printers. 

I looked at it for a bit, and then took a few for me and for my office.  You just put your used ink jet cartridges inside this bag, seal it up and pop it in the mail.  They go to a recycling company, and the postage is FREE!!  How about that!?! 

Another simple little thing I began doing this past spring and summer was putting out containers to collect rain water for watering all my plants and flowers.  Now, mind you, I'm not totally efficient at this one yet, but I did remember to do that most of the time, if I knew in advance it was going to rain. 

Green on Green



So, those are a few of the simple little things I've been doing to find my way into slightly greener pastures up here in Portsmouth NH!  And I admit it - some of the things I've been doing really came about because of trying to save money here and there, but in doing so, I realized that being green doesn't necessarily equate to costing more to be so.




As Liz said, "it isn't easy being green"..... but we're trying!!   ;-)

 

 


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Bill - you're very welcome, and I'm taking the small steps right along with you.  The more I read, the more I realize there really are all kinds of small things each of us can do.  I always thought it was all monumental and total lifestyle changes to become green and more friendly and aware of how we impact the environment and the world around us.  Not so at all, as I'm learning....

Diane - thank YOU for that comment.  More people need to know that there really are little things each of us can do that will work towards big improvements.

Patrice - how cool to read your comment!  I'm glad this post inspired you to make those changes, the very ones I've been working on.  Yay!!!


Thank you all for your great comments - much appreciated!!
Ann

Mar 12, 2008 12:43 PM #17
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Colleen Kulikowski
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Ann -- what a great post....
Mar 12, 2008 02:56 PM #18
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Joan Whitebook
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We are a bit behind the curve ball in New Hampshire -- In Nashua, when the candidate for Mayor were asked about their Green policies -- they didn't really have one!  However, I believe that we are starting to become more aware in this state.  I know people like you and others in the real estate profession can bring more green awareness to our communities.
Mar 12, 2008 03:30 PM #19
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Hi Ann, we do think alike.  It's great that you area offers so many green ideas for free.  Hopefully more communities will follow suit.  Great post.
Mar 13, 2008 05:29 AM #20
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Ann Cummings
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Hey Colleen - thanks!!

Joan - if we all start taking small steps, we can end up making some good differences.

Joseph - thanks for reading, and I'll continue along my small little path of green, looking for more ways to make a difference.


Many thanks for reading and for your comments!
Ann

Mar 13, 2008 12:47 PM #21
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Lindsay Pendleton
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This group has help me get in touch with my "green" side. I never knew how easy it was. Great informative post!
Mar 14, 2008 06:00 AM #22
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I am green with envy!  Nah, but I do like your blog!
Keepin' it green,
Audrey
Mar 14, 2008 09:44 AM #23
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Lindsay - I never realized how easy and simple getting started was either, but there are some great posts in this group that show just how easy it is, and it doesn't have to cost a thing either!

Hi Audrey - those little frogs make me smile every time I see them!  Thanks for commenting!

Ann

Mar 14, 2008 11:52 AM #24
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Hey Anne, Nice post. It might not be easy, but it's good to be green. Have you heard of the EcoBroker designation before? www.ecobroker.com

 

 

Mar 14, 2008 12:15 PM #25
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Ann,

Your community is way ahead of most.....it's wonderful that they gave out free water saving kits to everyone. I wish they would do that around here!!

Beautiful post....and I love how you did some green text.    (((-:

Jo 

Mar 14, 2008 12:27 PM #26
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Alex - thanks!  I have just begun to read a little about that designation, and have been meaning to check it out online.  Thanks for including that link - that will make it even easier for me to check it out!

Hi Jo-Anne - I thought that Portsmouth giving out those kits was kinda cool.  And because I own more than one property here in town, I got more than one kit - loved that!  I'd been fiddling around a little bit with some basic html, and thought the green writing would fit in here nicely.  Just as I'm a teeny tiny bit green in this post, I can work with a teeny tiny bit of html, too.  Glad you liked it!


Thank you for reading and commenting - I really appreciate it!
Ann

Mar 14, 2008 12:48 PM #27
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Anne, every little bit helps, doesn't it? It is not easy to change everything all at once, good job. I need to start using the paper bags all the time instead of some of the time.
Mar 14, 2008 01:23 PM #28
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Ann - did you see the difference in your electric bill since changing the bulbs?  We know from experience that the old fashioned ones really take a lot of energy, and for us that made a huge difference.  Our light bulbs are no more than 13W now.  People don't realize how much of the energy bill is from leaving those bright lights on all the time.
Mar 14, 2008 01:43 PM #29
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Ann Cummings
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Hey Missy - you're right about all the little things helping along the way.  And who knows, if each of us did little things like this, as a whole we could make a big difference. 

Hi Georgina - we did see our electric bill go down once we started changing out the light bulbs!  And I always turn out lights if I'm not going to be in that room anymore, too - it all helps.

Hi Eloise - I really think doing a lot of these small things will end up making a big difference, and just imagine if we all did a bunch of small things - how cool would that be?!??


I really appreciate the comments - thank you!
Ann

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Ann~

 I can tell by your post that you are "green' in the true sense of the word...and that's a compliment! Now tell me you will be building an eco-savvy home , and I will be smiling Big Time.

Thanks for this interesting post!

Mar 15, 2008 02:40 AM #32
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Hi janeAnne - if I were in a position to build a home right now, it would most assuredly be an eco-savvy one for sure.  From all I've read in this group, I couldn't NOT build a home like that!  Some day I hope to do that - and perhaps somewhere near you, too.  One never knows........

;-)  Ann

Mar 15, 2008 07:13 AM #33
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HI Ann

Great post and I really like admitting to being green at being green.  What was once a "fringe" way of life has become very chic and it is great to say "I am just learning".  I have heard that being green is just not a fad but a paradigm shift in how we live our lives and you have shown it can just be a cumulation of many small things that add up to big differences.

 

Mar 16, 2008 01:16 AM #34
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Hi Janie - I think you're right about it being much more than a fad, but an actual change in the way we all live and want to live.  And lots of little things can make a difference.  I hope to keep learning more through the reading I do here on AR and in other places.

Thanks for reading and for your comment!
Ann

Mar 16, 2008 12:49 PM #35
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Hey Ann,

GREAT post and so true. We have to start somewhere and making the first step with light bulbs or grocery bags makes a huge difference when multiplied out by all of us.

LOVE the Portsmouth Farmer's Market as well...my wife and I make the 1.5 hour drive from North Conway to go the market often. GREAT FOOD and GREAT PEOPLE...

I can't wait for it to begin again! 

Mar 18, 2008 11:01 PM #36
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Team Wright Realty - since you mentioned your wife, I know this isn't Antonella!  ;-)

The more I read about going green and being eco-friendly, the more I realize there really are a lot of small steps all of us can take like these I mentioned in my post.  And they don't cost much, if anything, to make those changes, too - that's the cool thing!

Our Portsmouth Farmer's Market is THE place to be Saturday mornings - lots of locally grown foods and locally made products - and a great place to meet all kinds of people!

Thanks for reading and for commenting!
Ann

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