Sheron Cardin's Input...: 7 More Things You Can Do... in Honor of Earth Day on the 22nd!

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

7 More Things You Can Do... in Honor of Earth Day on the 22nd!

I am aghast at the complainers I run into...it reminds me of the school yard in 5th grade. There are groups formed at that stage of life that some just don't grow out of.

  • There are those that stand on the sidelines and giggle, making fun of and judging others to make themselves feel bigger and better.
  • Then there are the ones that wont do anything until everyone is doing it
  • How about the group that points the finger and says "Why should I have to do it, they're not!"

But for the rest of us who care and that includes you skeptics, here are some additional things we can do. These statistics put it all in perspective for me as to how the little changes by so many people can really make a difference. My apologies to you if you do some or all of these already, but they are a good reminder to take action on Earth Day April 22nd. These statistics came from an article published by the Suburban.com called

Public Eye — Earth Day at home - by Mike Cohen

  1. Leave your car at home and try walking or biking, or take public transit or carpool. One city bus eliminates the emissions of 40 cars.
  2. Turn off the lights, the computer and the TV when they are not in use. Use only highly efficient appliances to reduce electricity consumption.
  3. Put a composter in your backyard or use your green bin to reduce household waste. Composting organics has two key benefits: it reduces the amount of waste going to landfills, and when added to your garden, helps nourish the soil and plants.
  4. Turn off your car’s engine if stopped for a while. If every driver of a light duty vehicle avoided idling by five minutes a day, we would collectively save 1.8 million liters of fuel, almost 4,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  5. Set your thermostat above room temperature in the summer and below room temperature in the winter. For each degree adjusted, you can save five percent on your utility bill and one percent on your energy use.
  6. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) that use only 25 percent as much energy as an incandescent bulb and lasts 10 times longer.
  7. The amount of wood and paper North Americans throw away each year is enough to heat five million homes for 200 years.

Sunday, I am turning the color of Kiwi!

Namaste

Comment balloon 12 commentsSheron Cardin • April 19 2007 12:38PM

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Here's a few  things I do For the GREEN MOVEMENT:

  1. WALK when I can.
  2. DRIVE a small car, NOT a beast
  3. RARELY turn on the heater, instead LAYER my clothing
  4. DON'T preach

 

 

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

Good list of ideas.

I am trying to come up with my commitment for Sunday.

Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 12 years ago
When Gore commits....so will I!! :)
Posted by Robert McArtor, Top Listing Agent for Baltimore and Harford County (RE/MAX Components - Fallston Maryland) over 12 years ago
Considering that this issue has been going on for years but was not talked about, if WE don't do what we can on our own I'm afraid no one will....
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
That is a really good point Carole! Some people don't mind living a life in "hind sight" since they don't have any foresight.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, this one is bookmarked for future reference. Well done.
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) over 12 years ago

I have started another post but want to include the additional list of new info here as well. What I didn't know until this weekend is...

  • 20% of carbons released into the atmosphere come from our homes
  • A gallon of gas weighs 3 pounds but turns into 21 pounds of carbon gas when used (3 of those pounds are used to create it and get it into your car)
  • Laptops use 50% less energy than PC's
  • Cutting out eating red meat just once a week will save 840 gallons of water
  • Each American contributes 4.5 pounds of trash per day
  • You cannot recycle paper that is coated with plastic like wax paper, yogurt containers, etc.
  • Junk mail produces 100,000,000 pounds of carbon gas and you can stop them from coming by logging onto greendimes.com
  • The average person uses 2200 napkins a year producing 1 billion pounds of paper waste. (Excluding Jeff Turners kids which use that many a month)
  • Cleaning solutions around the house can kill you. I keep buying them yet I have a complete section dedicated to safe cleaning solutions to make from ordinary products on my web site.

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Great blog Sheron.  I might add, unplug your cell phone charger as it continues to use electricity even when not charging AND they have cause several house fires.  Put a bucket in the shower to catch the cold water that runs till the hot water hits the bathroom. Recycle, recycle, recycle.  Check with your local trash pickup as many are now picking up all numbers of plastice, white paper, and cardboard.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 12 years ago
Sheron, it's easy for kids to follow a lot of these simple suggestions too. Start young, learning how to conserve and recycle!
Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) over 12 years ago
Sheron, Thanks for sharing the great tips.  Much appreciated.
Posted by Greg Herson (Mal & Seitz Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Hey Sheron - I'm greener than I thought.  I just got a MacBook laptop and my new favorite thing on it is something called stickies.  They are post it notes that are on your desktop.  I have different colored ones to help me get organized,  kids, business, blog.  Whenever need to jot something down I put it on a sticky.  LOVE IT - paperless post it notes.  What will they think of next.  
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago

Hey Maureen - very cool. I have heard about the stickies.

Greg - my pleasure...it helps me remember

Sue - My granddaughter does it automatically except for when she forgets. Hmmm

Terry - I thought I responded to to your comments but it must have been gobbled up with all the other missing objects in cyberspace...I no longer use a cell phone...woohoo. And thanks for the tip on the plastic numbers. Will check that out. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

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