Get your GREEN on - recycling isn't enough!

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Real Estate Agent with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors License #142914

Get your GREEN on - recycling isn't enough!  Some of us are newer to becoming green in our lifestyles, so I’m starting out with a few small suggestions. Easy stuff. I have recycled for years, but it’s time to step it up a notch.

Habits are hard to break and just as difficult to make. I am in the habit of taking my reusable shopping bags with me when I grocery shop. As long as I hang them on the door after I unload my groceries, it’s easy to remember to take them back to my car. When you’re in the check-out lane at the grocery and you are asked, “paper or plastic?” you can proudly produce your bags and respond, “neither – I brought my own!” Trust me – it will make you feel good. Reusable shopping bags

After much nagging encouragement from my eco-responsible Dad, I am filling my reusable water bottle with filtered water from home and cutting back tremendously from purchasing bottled water. Although we recycle our water bottles, we just don’t know whether they’ve been stored or transported in heat and what may possibly leach from the plastic. So, yes, I will still grab a bottle of water from a convenience store when necessary, but for the most part, it’s easy to fill and carry your own bottle. Many are available today that are dishwasher-safe.

Now for the tough assignment. I shop online almost exclusively, yet retailers continue to send me printed catalogs. Usually I toss them in the trash wondering what marketing idiot thought to put me on a snail-mail list when I clearly shop online! Now, I am stacking up all the Harry and David catalogs, Williams-Sonoma, even Syracuse Cultural workers and taking time to CALL to be removed from their mailing list. It’s a time-consuming task, but almost as righteous as planting a tree yourself.

Get your GREEN on - recycling isn't enough!

When Demetrius and I remodeled our kitchen, we converted our entire house to energy-efficient light bulbs. We may have to take out a second-mortgage when it's time to replace them, as it was not an inexpensive endeavor. There's lots of good information on the internet about the newer bulbs available - here's a good "green" light bulb buying guide."Green" light bulbs

Are you doing a few simple things to be more green? Driving the speed limit or taking the bus on ozone-alert days? We can’t fix all that we’ve broken in one day, but we can darn sure start taking steps in the right direction! 

It's my privilege as a Realtor to make suggestions to my clients when purchasing appliances or replacing a hot water heater. Why not replace those wood windows with energy-efficient vinyl windows or ditch that 25 year-old hot water heater and buy a tankless water heater? Here's a good site to assist you in making more green purchasing decisions,

While you're at it -- look into the tax credits available for purchasing energy-efficient home improvements!

About the author: Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, servicing the greater Tulsa area. Visit Lori at her web site or call 918-852-5036.

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Rainmaker
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Great post, I am always trying to be as green as I can....I do some of the things you do and I drive a Hybrid!

Oct 20, 2009 04:52 PM #1
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

GOOD for you, Jane!  I will probably STRONLY consider a Hybrid in my next auto purchase.

Oct 21, 2009 12:01 AM #2
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Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
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Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great tips Lori. I need to start using a reusable water bottle too - thanks for the reminder.

Oct 22, 2009 08:31 PM #3
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Lee & Carol - it's baby steps for me!  Add one more green thing as I go!

Oct 23, 2009 08:28 AM #4
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Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD

Hello Lori,

Great tips and information!  Thank you for your post & reminder!  Have a great weekend!

Rita

 

Oct 23, 2009 08:38 AM #5
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Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

Thanks Rita - it's a sunny day in Tulsa - great day to show houses!

Oct 24, 2009 10:08 AM #6
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells 1-814-881-7548 - Erie, PA
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Lori--Great reminders. While on vacation I won two canvas bags from the cruise line so I added them to my reuseable bag collection.  Someone suggested keeping the bags in the car so they are handy whenever you run into a store.  If I go in for one item I don't use a bag.  I do have to search for local vendor who might sell light bulb to use with dimmer switches.  I have about 10 in my house.

Have a good week.

Mary

Oct 25, 2009 04:28 PM #7
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