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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 7/21/2019

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If living green is a new endeavor for you, reducing your waste output down to zero is an ambitious goal. However, it is a noble one. With some re-thinking and effort, you can make great strides in the quantity of trash you and your household produces. Put in some of these practices and what you add to landfills can be significantly reduced.

Start with one or two of these practices. Get the whole family on board. As you succeed, add in another one or two, and soon, you will have your home running smoothly green-conscious.

Zero waste tips

  • Shop in bulk. Larger packaging often means less packaging, so that giant bag of toilet tissue at the big box store reduces your waste at once. Additionally, most warehouse-type stores do not offer plastic or paper bags. Instead, they recycle the boxes and crates that products come in for customers to use exiting the store. Better still, bringing your reusable bags and containers decreases your waste from shopping even more.
  • When offered bags in traditional grocery, sundry, or clothing stores, say “no.” Carry collapsible sacks in your handbag or pocket to hold the items you buy. If you do take home sacks, be sure to reuse or recycle them.
  • Bring home less stuff. Curb your shopping habit so that you only bring back those items that you genuinely need. Instead, spend more time window shopping and just enjoying the things on the mannequin without taking them home. If shopping is your therapy, redirect your funds to an experience such as a spa treatment or foot massage instead.
  • Make memories, not purchases. When you used to use shopping to bond with your children, instead, find an activity you can do together such as an escape room, time in an arcade, or playing mini golf. Those memories last a lifetime while a new toy or clothing may only last for a season.
  • Instead of baggies, cling wrap, and foil for your leftovers, invest in reusable glass containers with BPA-free lids that seal. You reduce waste, and your food tastes better. Utilizing containers made of freezer-to-oven glass reduces your water waste too since you can store and cook in the same dish.
  • Rent instead of buy. For big-ticket clothing items that you will use or wear only once or twice, take advantage of local and online shops that let you rent formal wear, prom dresses, wedding clothes and other unique occasion items, and even a new wardrobe regularly. Check out sites such as Rent the Runway and Stich Fix or a local store in your area that rents clothing. Like tuxedo rentals, you will save on waste, closet space, and money.
  • Make the thrift stores and charity shops part of your shopping habit. Of course, donating gently used clothing and household items is always a great idea to reduce waste, support a worthy cause, and give someone else the opportunity to buy something they will love at a great price. However, shopping there is good for you too. Take a bag or two to donate and then while away a couple of hours shopping in the same store. Other folks may have donated just the items you need for your household. You save time and money both.

If you are in the market for a home designed for green living, reach out to your real estate agent and inform them of your needs. They may have access to more detailed information about homes coming on the market with green or alternative energy sources and access to other waste reduction options.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 6/23/2019

When it comes to improving the home, most people tend to focus on high-end amenities. While this may make your home look luxurious, it does not boost home value so much. As a homeowner, when improving your home, you should have an eye on increasing its worth. One of the ways to achieve that is by going "Green."

Contrary to popular belief, making your home green won't cost you an arm and a leg, and it is affordable and relatively simple to attain. Having a green home makes it more healthy to live in and also contributes to an eco-friendlier planet. Here are some easy home improvement tips to make your home green and healthy:

Insulate

Adding insulation to your home can improve energy efficiency. Even in a new home, you can cut out the energy cost by boosting up your insulation. One of the most comfortable places to add insulation in the attic; however, loose-fill insulation can be installed on the walls without going for a costly renovation.

Use low flow

Switch the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to low-flow options. Taking this simple step will save a lot on water and heating bills.

Smart flooring

Rather than using carpet, you can use bamboo, cork or recycled woods for your home flooring.

Replace your light bulbs

Switching your incandescent bulb to energy-efficient LED light bulbs will consume 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. 

Add some plants

To complete the list, add some plants to your home. Plants are not just for decoration the will help purify the air in your home.

Seal air leaks

Another easy way to make your home green and healthy is by sealing up crack windows to prevent air from escaping. Sealing can be carried outdone either with weather caulk or stripping.

Filter your tap water

If you drink tap water directly from the sink, it is best you get a water filter to make sure your water is not contaminated. Even though local water companies filter tap water, the water is still not free from contaminants. Attaching a filter to your faucet or fridge will get rid of these contaminants.

More windows

You can add more windows to bring in natural light into your home. This reasonable step will save you a significant sum of money on electrical bulbs. If you have a big budget, you can double glaze the reduce to make it sound proof. 

Making these easy changes will prevent you home efficient as well as prevent you from falling sick. If you want to know which to do first, talk to your real estate agent about the most popular “Green Home” options in your neighborhood.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 6/9/2019

During warmer weather, you probably don’t think much about your heating bill. But when you don’t need it is the best time to make changes and upgrades to your home so that throughout winter, you can live in blissful warmth. Some changes, such as exchanging your old single-pane windows for those double or triple panes with low U-factors, or mitigating drafts, leaks, and gaps should be top of the list. But, if you really want to make a difference in your energy bill, read up on passive building principles.

Passive building concept

Using building science, the five main principles of passive building techniques give measurable, efficient use of energy. Builders joined with scientists from the US and Canada way back in the 1970s to develop the original principles using funding from the US Department of Energy and the Canadian government. In the next decade, German and other northern European scientists and builders added more information. Distilled for current use, they are:

  • Continuous insulation throughout the building’s “envelope” (the weather, air and thermal barriers).
  • Creates an airtight envelope to keep outside air from entering and conditioned air (heated or cooled) from escaping.
  • High-performance windows allow in light but mitigate temperature transference.
  • Heating and cooling systems utilize heat and moisture-recovery ventilation and “minimal-space” air conditioning.
  • Exploits the sun’s energy for light and heat but minimizes solar impact during cooling.

How it works

The exceptionally snug insulation and design strategies use the heat from appliances and the home’s occupants to keep the indoor temperatures steady through all four seasons and in each weather condition. It does this by constant mechanical filtration to keep the air quality high. This mixture of insulation and continuous low-level filtration prevents mildew and mold spores from establishing and growing inside the home.

This type of construction especially benefits allergy prone-family members or those with respiratory illnesses.

To receive passive house certification, the design must have high R-value insulation and demonstrably less (90% less) energy required for heat. Overall energy use must be 60 to 70 percent lower compared to similar-sized standard code-built homes.

Other features contributing to the passive energy savings include flat-paneled rooftop solar water heating systems that typically heat water to between 99 and 140 degrees, even in cloudy weather. Other passive homes include the use of wood heat for the coldest of winter days.

Metal roofing, especially in snow-prone areas, allows snow to slide off the roof, and utilizing covered porches and patios protects the home’s entrances from rain and snow buildup.

If you’re interested in a certified energy efficient home. Let your real estate professional know so that the houses you see fit your requirements.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 5/19/2019

During warmer weather, you probably don’t think much about your heating bill. But when you don’t need it is the best time to make changes and upgrades to your home so that throughout winter, you can live in blissful warmth. Some changes, such as exchanging your old single-pane windows for those double or triple panes with low U-factors, or mitigating drafts, leaks, and gaps should be top of the list. But, if you really want to make a difference in your energy bill, read up on passive building principles.

Passive building concept

Using building science, the five main principles of passive building techniques give measurable, efficient use of energy. Builders joined with scientists from the US and Canada way back in the 1970s to develop the original principles using funding from the US Department of Energy and the Canadian government. In the next decade, German and other northern European scientists and builders added more information. Distilled for current use, they are:

  • Continuous insulation throughout the building’s “envelope” (the weather, air and thermal barriers).
  • Creates an airtight envelope to keep outside air from entering and conditioned air (heated or cooled) from escaping.
  • High-performance windows allow in light but mitigate temperature transference.
  • Heating and cooling systems utilize heat and moisture-recovery ventilation and “minimal-space” air conditioning.
  • Exploits the sun’s energy for light and heat but minimizes solar impact during cooling.

How it works

The exceptionally snug insulation and design strategies use the heat from appliances and the home’s occupants to keep the indoor temperatures steady through all four seasons and in each weather condition. It does this by constant mechanical filtration to keep the air quality high. This mixture of insulation and continuous low-level filtration prevents mildew and mold spores from establishing and growing inside the home.

This type of construction especially benefits allergy prone-family members or those with respiratory illnesses.

To receive passive house certification, the design must have high R-value insulation and demonstrably less (90% less) energy required for heat. Overall energy use must be 60 to 70 percent lower compared to similar-sized standard code-built homes.

Other features contributing to the passive energy savings include flat-paneled rooftop solar water heating systems that typically heat water to between 99 and 140 degrees, even in cloudy weather. Other passive homes include the use of wood heat for the coldest of winter days.

Metal roofing, especially in snow-prone areas, allows snow to slide off the roof, and utilizing covered porches and patios protects the home’s entrances from rain and snow buildup.

If you’re interested in a certified energy efficient home. Let your real estate professional know so that the houses you see fit your requirements.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 2/24/2019

Before you dispose of your used coffee grounds, do you know you can transfer from it from something useless to something useful? Used Coffee grounds are recyclable, and when you do so, you prevent them from ending up in landfills, thus making the earth safe. Here are six amazing eco-friendly things you can do with your coffee grounds after enjoying your morning cup: 

Keep Your Pans and Pots Shiny. The acidity level in coffee is high, making it a natural and effective cleaning abrasive, perfect for scrubbing your greasy pans and Pots. Rather than putting the used coffee grounds in the trash, grab a rag and add some of your used coffee grounds to scrub your dirty pots and pans. 

Drive Away Pest from your Garden. If you have a garden at your home, sprinkle your used coffee grounds to drive away pests like ants, ladybugs, and snail. Cats hate the smell of coffee, sprinkling used coffee grounds on your garden can also prevent a stray cat from wandering into your beautiful garden to destroy your beautiful sunflowers and roses. 

Give Your Dog a soothing Flea Bath. Are fleas bothering your dog? You can send away those pesky insects by mixing your dog shampoo with a tablespoon of your used coffee ground when bathing it.

Get Rid of Bad Odors in Shoes. You can get rid of the unpleasant smell from your shoes by just putting some few used coffee grounds into it and allow it to stay there from some hours. 

Get Shiny Hair. When you make use of plenty of hair styling products like conditioner and shampoo your hair gets weighed down by residue. Your used coffee grounds can help you remove the waste and make your hair healthy and shiny again. What you need to do is get a palm full of your used coffee grounds and massage them into your hair gently before you shampoo. 

Wash Your Hands After Dicing up Garlic. The smell of garlic is strong and unpleasant to some. Wash your hands with used coffee grounds after chopping garlic to get rid of the strong smell. It is also useful when you cut onions too. 

To Exfoliate Skin. You can use your used coffee grounds as a perfect exfoliating skin scrub. To do this, get a bucket of warm water, pour in a few grounds and scrub your skin from head to toe to get rid of all the dead skin cells.

Don’t just throw away your coffee grounds after your morning cup, try one of these tips and reuse where possible.




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