8 Easy Steps to Greener Living

by Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS 08/04/2019

Using the following simple steps, you can transform your home into a safer, healthier living space through the use of environmentally conscious household products. A ‘green’ makeover of a home can improve your family’s quality of life while reducing your carbon footprint. 

Wooden Furniture

Furniture made out of wood or other natural materials is a safer and sturdier alternative to non-renewable plastic. Insist on sustainably-harvested woods, finished in paints, oils or varnishes that are earth-conscious. This ensures all the processes are healthier for your home and the environment.

Eco-friendly lighting

Replace incandescent bulbs with LED energy-saving lights, and you’ll have you’re your bit to curb the amounts of carbon dioxide and heat emissions in the atmosphere. You will also have given Mother Earth a lot less waste to deal with as LED bulbs last much longer. Though they are pretty costly, their longevity makes them much more cost effective in the long run. 

Windows that save energy

Who wouldn’t like ample sunshine and sizable openings for better fresh air circulation? You can achieve this by installing energy-saving windows (yes, they are a thing). Then sit back and watch them transform your home into a bright, eco-friendly space. Windows made out of fiberglass, vinyl or wood are your best ‘green’ bets, with window designs such as awnings, picture windows, double-hung windows, and casement windows being the most energy-efficient. 

Decorative Plants

Decorate your interior and exterior with charming plant varieties such as chrysanthemum, snake plant, dracaena, Aloe Vera, bamboo palms, and peace lilies. 

Wool-stuffed organic materials

Think about switching out the current carpets, mattresses, pillows, bedding, along with other similar furniture with products made from wool-stuffed organic materials. These products protect against bed and dust mites that cause asthma and allergies. 

Ecologically friendly wall paint

When painting walls, pay attention to the paint’s contents, before being overawed by its aesthetic effect. Materials and chemicals contained in some paints, otherwise known as VOCs or volatile organic compounds can cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Insist on natural paints created from plant oils along with various other extracts that contain little to no VOCs.

Roofs featuring solar panels

Solar panels do not create waste or emissions and are therefore expected on any ‘green’ home. They instead create reusable and clean energy without combustion or excavation. Another home ‘greening’ solution includes geothermal energy products and wind turbines, which are cost-effective in the long run through advantageous subsidies and tax credits.

Find out more about the benefits of green building from the EPA. If you want your next home to be green, make sure your realtor knows just how off-the-grid you are looking.

About the Author

Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS

Excellence in Action Originally hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Phyllis DiBlasi is a graduate of Saint Agnes Hospital School of Nursing with a degree in Nursing as well as earning a Business Degree from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A resident of Sarasota, Florida since 1995, Phyllis has found "Paradise" amidst its pure white sandy beaches which are touted as the crowning jewels of the Southwest's Gulf Coast. As a full-time professional REALTOR, Phyllis specializes in the sale and marketing of residential properties, condominiums, golf course homes and waterfront properties in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Siesta and Lido Keys. Phyllis DiBlasi has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding performance in Real Estate which includes being selected as a Five Star Real Estate Agent Best in Client Satisfaction since 2006, proving, yet again, that she is someone you can truly depend upon. Phyllis has deservedly earned Real Estate's most illustrious professional designations: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute); CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) considered a PHD in the real estate field. "Accept nothing less than excellence when you are buying or selling a home".