10 Ways to Go Green

Real Estate Agent with The Abrams Group/ Re/Max Realty Services


Ten Ways to Go Green and Save Green

Climate change is in the news. It seems like everyone's "going green." We're glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let's start now.

Keep reading for 10 simple things you can do today to help reduce your environmental impact, save money, and live a happier, healthier life.

•1. Save energy to save money.


•  Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.

•   Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.

•   Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.

•  Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

•   Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. If you must use a dryer, consider adding dryer balls to cut drying time.


2    Save water to save money.

•  Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.

•   Install a low-flow showerhead. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.

•   Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.

•   Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.


3    Less gas = more money (and better health!).

•   Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.

•   Consider telecommuting if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.

•   Lobby your local government to increase spending on sidewalks and bike lanes. With little cost, these improvements can pay huge dividends in bettering your health and reducing traffic.


4.    Eat smart.

•   If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.

•   Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money in the local economy.

•  Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great.

•   Whatever your diet, eat low on the food chain [pdf]. This is especially true for seafood.


5    Skip the bottled water.

•   Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

•   Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.

•   Check out this short article for the latest on bottled water trends.


•6.    Think before you buy.

Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you've just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down furniture, appliances, and other items cheaply or for free.

•   Check out garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops for clothing and other everyday items.

•   When making purchases, make sure you know what's "Good Stuff" and what isn't.

•   Watch a video about what happens when you buy things. Your purchases have a real impact, for better or worse.


7     Borrow instead of buying.

•   Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.

•   Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.


8    Buy smart.

•   Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.

•   Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use.

•   Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you'll be happy when you don't have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!).


9.    Keep electronics out of the trash.


•   Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.

•   Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

•   Recycle your cell phone.

•   Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event.


10                   Make your own cleaning supplies.

•   The big secret: you can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need them. All you need are a few simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, and soap.

•   Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging-not to mention your indoor air quality.


Lisa Abrams
The Abrams Group
Re/Max Realty Services
301-437-6742 Direct
240-766-0625 fax

Your Metro Washington DC "green" Realtor!

Licensed in Maryland, Virginia, The District of Columbia and Florida

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Lisa Abrams               

The Abrams Group

Re/Max Realty Services

301-437-6742 Direct

240-766-0625 fax



Licensed in Maryland, Virginia, The District of Columbia and Florida


Comments (11)

Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Lisa, these are great tips for your clients! (us, too, of course) Don't you find your clients appreciative of this kind of green info?


Nov 16, 2008 09:13 AM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!


Some good ideas.  If anyone wants information on green homes, check out the group, the Green Zone.  Its all about green homes and alternative materials and energy systems.  The really cool stuff of "green"

Nov 16, 2008 09:19 AM
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Good article. I took some notes. I bet it was a lot of work putting this together.

Nov 16, 2008 09:24 AM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

There are so many little things we can do to make a better impact and reduce our home costs. Its not only a money saver but a great way to live.

Nov 16, 2008 09:28 AM
Lisa Abrams
The Abrams Group/ Re/Max Realty Services - Bethesda, MD

I believe in "educating" my clients rather than "sell" them, so the more information I can give them the better informed they are to make an informed decision.

Enjoy the articles...watch for more "Green" Info to come

Lisa Abrams
Your Metro Washington DC "Green "Realtor

The Abrams Group

Re/Max Realty Services

301-437-6742 Direct

240-766-0625 fax



Licensed in Maryland, Virginia, The District of Columbia and Florida

Nov 16, 2008 09:35 AM
Thomas Tolbert
Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Legacy - Savannah, GA

Lisa, thanks for some great tips!

Nov 16, 2008 09:42 AM
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

Pretty good list. No 7 is especially important. Many non-reference books can be borrowed from libraries. I do that all the time.

Nov 16, 2008 10:53 AM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

all great ideas, it is going to take some re training to become more aware of being "green" but it's well worth it.

Nov 16, 2008 11:12 AM
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Lisa - This is a wonderfully comprehensive list.  We're doing a lot of these at home, but we can certainly do more.  I'm going to retain this for future reference.  Thanks.

Nov 16, 2008 11:48 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Great list for two things that are gaining more and more popularity these days: going green and saving green.

Nov 16, 2008 01:28 PM
Lisa Abrams
The Abrams Group/ Re/Max Realty Services - Bethesda, MD

Glad you enjoyed my blog   Watch for more green tips and ideas!

Feel free to share with your clients


Nov 18, 2008 12:22 AM