Visit these Green home links recommended by Jennifer
Being environmentally aware is very important to me. I've held the NAR Green Designation since 2008 and became an Earth Advantage Broker in 2010 through the EA Institute in Portland, OR. It is my dream to someday build a Green home but in the meantime I love the thought that I can do my part to help the envirenment in little, easy, guilt-free baby steps. It's really as easy as turning off the lights when you're not in the room or taking an opportunity to walk rather than drive.
We are fortunate in King County to have a multitude of resoucres for Green living. One of the most effective, budget conscious things a home owner can do is have their home Energy Audited. PSE and the City of Seattle offer several free or no cost programs for homeowners wanting to improve the efficiancy of their home. Below are several resources that I recommend looking into if you want to make your life a little more GREEN!
Do It Yourself Home Energy Audit Guide
Green Home Guide
Seattle King County Realtors Green Home Advisor link
www.greenhomeadvisor.com - Hands down THE BEST laid out resource for all green living references. Kuddos to SKCR for this site!
King County resources
www.kingcounty.gov/beinggreen - king county's collected resources for living green
www.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste - learn how and where to dispose of nearly 100 categories of items locally
www.takeitbacknetwork.org - covers recycling of flourescent bulbs
www.greentools.us - hands on training, classes, and grants for green buildings in King Co.
www.greenerchoices.org - Compares and shows the most energy efficient appliances
www.googdguide.org - Gov't research and data rates the health factor on food and everyday products
www.greenhomeguide.org - U.S. Green Building Council's official website - GREAT!
www.energystar.gov - find appliances and systems that qualify and tax rebate info
www.methodhome.com - green cleaning
home energy audit contractors / retrofitting / air quality/ green building -
Home Performance Inc. - Dave Vollan Shoreline, WA - 206.227-4259
Vesta Home Retrofitting - Alison Kartignger Seattle, WA - 206.919.6770
Atmospere Inc. - Scott Finley - Seattle, WA 206.526.2700
What's In This Stuff? by Patricia Thomas - Goes room by room in the home and tells you what unsuspecting items are actually toxic and what the alternative is
www.recyclefood.com - learn how to compost and recycle food waste in your yard waste cart
www.pugetsoundfresh.org - 1,500 farmers nationally and 36 local farms
www.dinegreen.com - points prospective diners towards ecofriendly establishments
cleaning and beauty
www.medicinereturn.com - safely dispose of unused medication so it doesn't end up in our drinking
www.SafeCosmetics.org - chemical free, biodegradable beauty and cleaning products
www.greenzer.com - online green and organic retailers
www.ewg.org - determine the safety of personal care products
www.envirostars.com - features evironmentally responsible businesses in the community
www.sustainablebusiness.com - aids investors looking to invest in "green" stocks and follows the performance of the companies