Being Green!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX DWELL

The saying for years has been "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". The Green movement has gone much further in the last couple years, and green tecniques that have been around for 20 or 30 years are becoming more popular. There are tips out there on how to reduce your carbon footprint for every area of your life, if you just take a couple minutes to look for them. Some of my favorite tips are below.

1. Buy locally- If you can reduce the trip of the items you are buying it saves gas and carbon emissions. So maybe start small and for now just try to buy fruit and vegetables locally, then at some point you may want to buy clothing that is made in the USA, and so on. Your house was made in the USA (if you live in the US), and it is your biggest investment, why not try to make sure that other large investments were made in the USA.  That not only helps the environment but also the US economy.

2. Live close to where you work. The less you have to drive everyday helps save you money, reduce carbon emissions, and maybe you will have less frustation from being stuck in traffic less.

3.Recycle at home and work. If you workplace does not have a recyling program , take a box to work and collect the used paper, cans and water bottles to take to your home recycling bin.  Sometimes, the back seat of my car looks like a recycling bin, because I throw recycleable back there until I get home.

4. Compost- If you have a back yard you can start a compost pile. There are different types of composting. You may want one compost hole in your back yard for fruit and vegetable waste, and another one for pet waste. There is a great article about composting pet waste at this site- 
http://www.plantea.com/dog-waste-compost.htm

5. Solar panels  are a really neat way to conserve energy buy using the sun, which we have alot of in Tucson, almost all year round. Beside putting solar panels on the roof, you can also use them to heat the pool or, you can get a solar water heater. These products are a little expensive to begin with but they soon pay for themselves in the money you will save.
One site where you can look at solar items to buy is Real Goods Solar Inc.


6. If you can't afford a hybrid, you can just try to drive less, by routing your errands and making the most effective trip. Or if the drug store (or any other errand) is just around the corner considering walking or riding your bike.

There is this neat website on how to calculate your carbon impact at the website below.
Click here


Also you can go to A Brighter Planet and buy planet shares which are premium carbon offsets. 
A Brighter Planet Inc. Website

I hope you found something here that was of interest! Stay cool be green and contact me with any of your real estate needs!

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Hi Jennie. Great information! We only buy produce and meat and milk from local farmers and butcher shops (tastes better too) :)

Also I know people think composting is gross, but really you get used to it very quickly.

 

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