Earth Day 2014–Get Your Green On

When the first Earth Day happened in 1970 I was a twenty-two year old activist in the Anti-War movement, the Black Power movement and the fledgling Women’s movement.  It would be another five years before I added the...

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Are Homebuyers Really So Fickle?

“Home buyers really don’t care about insulation or expensive windows, “ a Realtor said to me recently.  “They only care about space.  Home sellers can’t expect homebuyers to pay for these things.  They just don’t care about all...

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Bike Friendly Living—For Commuting, Exercise, and Recreation

A couple of weeks ago I got a surprising call from Australia.  The young man who called is moving to the Washington, DC Metro area soon with his family, and was looking for a Realtor who was familiar with bike trails and routes...

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The End Of An Era—The Incandescent Light Bulb Nears Extinction

If you are a Downton Abbey fan you’ll remember that in the first episode the Dowager Countess (played by the venerable Maggie Smith) shielded her eyes from the newly installed electric light bulbs at Downton and refused to have...

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Walkability Is The New Desirability Factor In Home Ownership

I’ve lived in the same general neighborhood since the 90′s and until recently I had to pretty much drive everywhere.  About the only walkable businesses  were a dry cleaners, and a local coffee house that was opened...

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Recycle Your Food (I’m Not Talking About Eating Left Overs)

Many Americans, if not most, do some recycling.  We recycle newspapers, glass, plastic and cans on a regular basis.  Some of us are even conscious of recycling electronic waste.  But I’ll bet you didn’t know that “food is the #1...

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Your Next Home Improvement Project—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By now nearly everyone has heard this mantra—reduce, reuse, recycle.  Many Americans have the recycle part down to some degree and given the economy of the past few years, many Americans have been forced to reduce.  But not...

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The Water in Your Home

Would you buy a home solely based on the quality of the public water source in the jurisdiction?  Probably not.  Is the expense of, and environmental damage done by bottled water, a healthier choice for you and your family? ...

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Eat Your Landscaping

A couple of weeks ago I walked past a house in the Alcova Heights neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia that made my heart sing.  It was a rainy day but I stopped anyway to talk to the homeowner who was standing on the porch.  It...

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What’s in a Footprint?–How Big a House Do You Really Need

A smaller house is a greener house, plain and simple–even if it doesn’t have EnergyStar this and EnergyStar that–even if it doesn’t have foam insulation, solar panels or a tankless hot water heater.  It’s greener...

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