ReGreen tip number 1

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Green Gamut

Choosing to go green doesn't have to be a hard complicated process.  If you have fun it will make going green not only easy, but an activity everyone can enjoy.  Start with one room, I would suggest a bedroom.  The idea here is simple, start with paint.  Simply look for NO VOC paint at your local home supply center.  A quick search online for NO VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint in your area will help you locate the supplier.  If you have carpet, consider buying wool or carpet made from recycled material.  Wool is a natural hypo-allergenic alternative to carpets that off gas fumes from adhesives and chemicals used during manufacturing.  Once you have made your carpet choice, give Habitat for Humanity a call to pick up your old carpet so some one else can use it.  Ready to paint, great here is the good news; you don't need to buy masks or protective clothing.  And if the kids get into a paint fight, relax its safe and non-toxic.  Not that I encourage paint fights, but just incase make sure you use canvas to cover up the furniture and beds instead of plastic that will sit in the land fills.  If you don't have a need for the canvas cover after you paint, donate it to your local painter, it will save them money and keep them out of the landfill.  Talk about fostering the local economy!

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Rainmaker
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Robert Machado
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management - Sacramento Area
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC

I wonder if the eco friendly paint is more expensive?  Does it cover as well?

December 29, 2008 12:30 AM
Rainer
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Diane Aurit
Lake Norman Real Estate
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Tony, I have written about No VOC paint but hadn't thought about the carpet and drop clothes.  Thanks!

January 08, 2009 04:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

Good paint I've used it covers well. 

January 09, 2009 08:25 AM
Rainer
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Bruce & Mary Smith
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC
Savannah Lakes Homes

We'll remember your advice!  It never hurts to conserve whether you look at it as being 'green' or just being smart!

January 10, 2009 10:33 AM
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Robert Machado
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management - Sacramento Area
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC

Thanks for the tips.  I will look  into the no VOC paint.  We use a lot of it managing rentals.

January 10, 2009 05:00 PM
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Learn ways in which to incorporate green, energy efficiency, and sustainability into your home. New construction, re-greening existing homes, affordability, health and in-door air quality are just a few topics discussed