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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - GOING GREEN INCENTIVES
Kathleen Weaver Zech - Dean's Team Director of Buyers Agency ServicesEveryone today is talking about Going Green. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) can give a building certification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Many folks building new construction are considering using as many green components as possible. Some communities even offer tax incentives for using green technologies. Many buyers are finding that a completely green home can be cost prohibitive right now but as more of these homes are being built these costs should come down. Also, if you are planning to stay in your home for more than a few years the benefits will outweigh the costs.

Several great references include the following:

Chicago Center for Green Technology

Building Green

U.S. Green Building Council

Green Building Resource Guide

There are a few things we can do to help out the environment without actually building a new house. Use a rain barrel. Collect rain water to use around the house and garden. You can purchase these barrels at many home and garden centers or online. Some even have a place to attach a hose for easier use. Use only organic fertilizer and weed preventative on your lawn and garden. Buy earth friendly cleaners for the home. Participate in your community's recycling program.  Having been a faithful user of the Chicago Blue Bags, we hear this program is not working and that the city is going to change over to a system with separate bins - let's hope that happens soon. Also make sure you dispose of all materials properly.  Many items like electronics, old paint, tires, etc. are hazardous waste and need to be taken to a proper facility. Even the new CDL light bulbs contain mercury and should not be thrown in the regular trash. We can all do our part to help keep the environment going!

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 6:27 AM by Dean's Team

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