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By Betty Jung | Broker in Lake Oswego, OR
  • Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency + Fall Back

    Posted Under: Going Green in Portland  |  October 29, 2009 6:54 PM  |  525 views  |  No comments

    On November 1, clocks need to be set back one hour at 2 a.m. for local daylight savings time - which will then become 1 a.m. local standard j0438553time instead.

    At that time, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you change the battery in your smoke detector as well.  While you've got your ladder out to check your smoke detectors, why not change a light bulb?  By switching to energy efficient bulbs in your ceiling fixtures, you could save $30 a year per bulb on your electricity bill.  Energy efficiency lighting is particularly important in the Fall when Daylight Saving time ends and the days will be shorter.
     
    Find out more about lighting rebates and discounts.

    There is also stimulus monies available from the American Recovery and Investment Act for tax savings you can count on:

    Here's the Energy Star website with the information.  Until December 31, 2010,  homeowners can take advantage of a variety of tax credits of 30% of the cost, up to $1,500 on a variety of energy saving products placed in service in 2009 and 2010.  Insulation, windows, doors, roofing, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, tankless water heaters and alternative energy programs, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

    There's great information from the Remodeler's Council on the Energy Tax Credits - take a look.Energy_Tax_Credit Clicking on their website, this image becomes interactive.






















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  • Blog Action Day 10/15/09 - Global Climate Change

    Posted Under: Going Green in Portland  |  October 14, 2009 7:39 PM  |  567 views  |  2 comments

    Today is the day when all bloggers are uniting to remind folks to make a difference and to help in reducing their carbon footprint. Climate Change - Blog Action day is today! 

    "More than any other country, action taken by the United States to limit greenhouse gases and build a clean energyj0433132 economy is needed to achieve a sustainable solution to our global climate crisis.

    This December world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate a global response to climate change. As a world leader in greenhouse gas pollution as well as clean energy technology, the United States needs to take bold action by implementing comprehensive clean energy policies to curb emissions.

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner and President Barack Obama has said that climate change is an urgent threat, and now is the time for him to lead the United States in confronting the climate crisis.

    This is a chance for people around the world and in the United States to join together in telling President Obama that we want him to lead the United States in taking bold and significant action to reduce greenhouse gasses.

    Time is running out, and our planet can't afford to wait."

    If you want ways to reduce your carbon footprint and want some "green" ideas, check out some of my past blog posts in my green and recycling category.

    For "green" construction and building products, here are some sites mentioned by the Housing Guru:

    www.energy.gov – U. S. Department of Energy

    www.energystar.gov – joint program of EPA and DOE to certify energy standards

    www.usgbc.org - U. S. Green Building Council

    www.nahb.org – National Association of Homebuilders

    www.eia.doe.gov – Energy Information Administration

    www.epa.gov – U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

    www.pathnet.org – Public-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

    www.repp.org – Global Energy Marketplace

    www.greenseal.org – promotes manufacture, purchase, and use of eco-friendly products

    www.awea.org – American Wind Energy Association

    www.ases.org – American Solar Energy Society

    www.globalgreen.org – non-profit organization that sets environmental certification standards

    www.nsf.org – not-for-profit testing laboratory

    www.dsireusa.org – The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

    If you want to know what your carbon footprint is, you can calculate it here.

    Make a difference, starting today.

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  • Tigard Recycle Fest

    Posted Under: Going Green in Tigard  |  October 4, 2009 9:49 PM  |  676 views  |  No comments



    Recycling has been around for a very long time but it became popular in the '70s with homes recycling glass, plastic and metal. However recycling actually started long before that time. There was recycling during World War II when Americans recycled metals by the ton. During the depression era in the '30s housewives recycled flour sacks into dish towels, pillowcases, aprons and even into children's clothing. And paper has been recycled in Britain for over 90 years.  Now with computers, modems, monitors, etc. we're into a totally different type of recycling.


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  • Green Halloween

    Posted Under: Going Green in Portland  |  September 27, 2009 7:17 PM  |  520 views  |  No comments

    Once Fall is here, it seems the year is almost over because the next several months seem to whizz past us so quickly. However, Halloween comes first and is just around the corner.  Since Monday's are my "fun" day, here are some tricks and treats for you.  Also, check out some of my past posts:

    There is lots of concern and talk these days about living "green" - reduce, reuse and recycle.  Therefore, to help make your Halloween green, here are some tips:

    • Buy organic and local.  Visit one of the many pumpkin patches I wrote about last year on this blog.  After Halloween, break your pumpkins or gourds into pieces and place them in the woods or a field far away from your house to feed deer or other animals providing them with their own Halloween treat of seeds and pumpkin flesh. Or, dry the pumpkin seeds for the bird feeder.
    • If you purchase bales of hay to decorate your porch, buy barley hay which can later be composted and used as mulch for your garden or flower beds.
    • There have been dentists in our area who buy back unused candy to avoid trips later to their dentist. Or, Wheels on Meals and children's charities appreciate donations of unused and unopened candy. You can also crush hard candy and use them as toppings on your Christmas cookie dough before baking or as dessert toppings.
    • Reuse old clothes from around the house for costumes.  Here's some tips for "green" costumes.  If you're out of time and need a last minute costume, here are some ideas for eco-friendly costumes.
    • Donate any costumes to children's hospitals or any number of charities.
    • Instead of purchasing a plastic container or plastic pumpkin to collect those goodies, craft a treat bag by sewing a drawstring on old pillowcases and let the kids decorate them with non-toxic markers or paints instead.  Or let the kids decorate brown paper bags you've recycled.
    • Bake cupcakes without paper muffin cups or make other healthy snacks or treats and make your own goody bags with the kids and especially include Monster Toes!
    • Use nature's bounty for decorations utilizing Fall leaves, hay bales, corn stalks and more of the pumpkins,gourds and apples. Make old- fashioned candy apples as the treats. Help the kids make a scarecrow, or two.
    • Craft -   Buy or make decorations that can be reused. There are many outlet stores locally where you can buy inexpensive items and decorate further for Halloween to make them look like something out of a magazine.
    • Check out this website - Green Halloween - for more eco-friendly ideas.
    • There's an eco-friendly website that lists "green" crafts, projects for Halloween.
    • Recycle items from around the house.  Use old milk bottles and use as luminaries to light your walkway or cut off the top and use as a plastic bucket for the treats.  Use egg cartons to create decorations like this bat.
    • When buying treats, buy in bulk.  Or, give non-food treats like funky pens or pencils.
    • You can also reuse a brown paper bag by crafting items that can be reused later for other purposes like this grocery bag.
    • Don't litter with left-over candy wrappers, figure out a craft project to use up all the wrappers.  While in Hawaii last year, there was a cart in the local shopping mall that had purses and other accessories all made out of recycled candy wrappers, juice containers, etc. that they were selling.
    • Walk, don't drive to neighborhoods for trick-or-treating.  Better yet, have a masquerade party for the kids.
    • Trade decorations or costumes with the neighbors or family.  Get more mileage out of what either you or they already have.

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  • Recycling a "Tear Down"

    Posted Under: Going Green in Portland  |  September 4, 2009 6:49 PM  |  550 views  |  No comments

    A "tear down" is a house that is uninhabitable or deemed unsafe.  Houses are also torn down to make way for a new project, i.e. shoppingcopyright melina tomson mall, subdivision, freeway, roads, etc.   Perhaps you've read about the cities throughout the U.S. who are also bull-dozing foreclosures that have been vandalized and completely ransacked thereby reducing their values. 

    The City of Lake Oswego occasionally finds itself in possession of a house whose useful life is over, usually in a park or natural area.  In the past, the City has torn these houses down and trucked the remains to a landfill.  More recently, the City has adopted the practice of house deconstruction.

    From the City of Lake Oswego's HELLO LO! community newsletter comes word that our local government jurisdiction contracts with private firms who provide deconstruction services.  They may disassemble the house on site, or push it over and truck it to a sorting warehouse.  In either process, usable items such as fixtures, appliances, and windows are removed.  Some items can be sold, others are donated.  Even plants can sometimes be transplanted and "reused" in a new landscape.  After the reusable items are salvaged, remaining materials are sorted for recycling.  Wood, brick, glass, ceramic, metal and carpet can all be given new life.

    What's the coolest thing the City of Lake Oswego has ever recycled?  Carpets from the library were removed by a carpet vendor, washed, re-stamped and sold for reinstallation in a public housing project.  For similar residential recycling services, it's actually become cheaper than the costs to dispose of the material at a landfill.

    In addition to recycling building materials, the City buys recycled goods for its own buildings.  The City uses refurbished furniture instead of buying new whenever possible.  For example, the City refinished City Hall lobby furniture instead of replacing it.  In addition, the City constructs employee cubicles with re-covered panels rather than buying new ones.

    Oregonian staff writer for the Homes & Gardens Section, Shannon Quimby, used recycled items and reused everything she could for her house.  She had been documenting it on her blog.   And, years ago at a Street of Dreams here in Portland,  I can't remember which one, a house was totally decorated using items purchased from Goodwill that they painted, reupholstered, reused etc. 

    If you don't have your own tear-down to use and recycle, there are several places in Portland where you can buy salvaged material:

    If you're not building or remodeling with recycling materials, many of these places are just fun to go and visit.  In fact I've visited most of them.

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