Having just earned my EcoBroker certification as 1 of only 31 Realtors in the state of NC who have the honor to call themselves EcoBroker I wanted to devote an entire section of my website to Going GREEN.
What Does It Mean To Go Green?
My definition is that you as a seller, buyer, Realtor, builder or associated vendor want to know how to buy, build and use products and services to:
Protect Our Environment
Conserve Our Natural Resources
Improve The Quality of Life For Ourselves and Others
Thus this part of my website is devoted to such topics. It’s a constant Work In Progress because there are always new initiatives, groups, etc that are attempting to improve things related to our environment and there are public and private entities that are daily involved in achieving such goals.
Let’s start with a basic understanding of the terms used when were are talking about environmental issues, energy conservation and everything having to do with Going Green. Click here for a glossary of relevant terms.
Now let’s consider all the ways you can Help Protect The Environment. Visit any of the sites listed below for some great success.
Protect the Environment
Learn about Your Right to Know – Right-to-know laws provide information about possible chemical exposures. Discover resources EPA provides the public in the spirit of right-to-know.
Search for and Comment on Regulations – Our proposed regulations are almost always open to the public for comment. Your participation leads to better regulations.
At Home and in the Garden – Tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy.
At Work – Information about preventing pollution in your workplace, and raising awareness of health and safety issues.
At School – Whether you are a student or a teacher in a class about the environment, EPA has lots of educational resources to offer you.
While Shopping – Find helpful information on how to choose makes and models that will reduce pollution, save energy and money.
In Your Community – Learn how to protect your neighborhood’s natural resources, and get information on air and water quality in your community. Search your ZIP code area for information about facilities, emissions, and more.
On the Road – Consumer information about the environmental impacts of transportation plus tips on cleaner cars, saving gas and improving mileage, boating pollution prevention tips, and more.
Think Globally – Learn about environmental issues that impact our world.
Act Locally – Learn about programs, opportunities, and tools to help you get involved and make a difference in your community.
Report a Violation or Emergency – Information on potential environmental violations and how to report a suspicious situation. To report oil and chemical spills, call the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802. Information on natural disasters
Children’s Health – Information on how to protect children from toxins, the sun, lead, and other potential environmental health threats.
For information regarding the choices that consumer and builders have when it comes to Green issues go here: http://www.greenerchoices.org/
For information regarding how you place your home on a plot and other general energy saving tips and info visit: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/designing_remodeling/index.cfm/mytopic=10320
If you want information about home energy raters and what goes into giving a home an energy rating then go here: http://www.natresnet.org/programs/providers/directory.htm
If you would like to learn how to read energy labels visit: https://www.ecobroker.com/userdef/PDFs/EnergyGuideLabel.pdf
Do you want to find out what appliances are rated as energy efficient and what manufacturers are offering special rebates then visit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=appliances.pr_appliances
If you want info about the SEER rating program, which is considered the most strict when it comes to measuring energy efficiency and GREEN building standards visit: http://www.coloradoenergy.org/procorner/stuff/ac_seer.htm
Do you ever wonder about how fuel efficiency is rated/determined? Then visit: http://www.coloradoenergy.org/procorner/stuff/fuel_btu.htm
What about special mortgages that are available for builders and buyers interested in a Green Home?
Now let’s turn to specific topics within the GREEN universe.
The EPA’s introduction to Indoor Air Quality
Check out the EPA’s Guide To Indoor Air Quality
- What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
- Pollutant Sources
- Amount of Ventilation
- Indoor Air Pollution and Health
- Additional Resources
- Biological Pollutants
- Carbon Monoxide
- Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products
- Household Cleaning and Maintenance, Personal Care, or Hobbies
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Respirable Particles
- Secondhand Smoke/Environmental Tobacco Smoke
- Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, and Chimneys
If you click on my Buyer’s Tab you’ll find a page devoted to water conservation techniques. Or just click here.
Or you can learn about how the EPA is involved with Clean Water and what water purification is all about. See below.
Click Here for general Safe Drinking Water Information
Click Here for information about Natural Wells and Safe Drinking Water
Click Here for information about NC public water systems & well water systems serving 25+ homes
Water pollution can hurt our ability to use water in our homes, for recreation, and in commerce. It also harms other forms of life. We work to protect water in all its forms: on the ground, underground, and coming out of the tap.