Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Easy Ways to "Go Green" in Halifax

These days, most people want to 

[[posterous-content:pid___5]]do their bit to help the environment. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing, or able, to install solar panels on their roof or implement an in-ground heat recovery system.

Luckily, there are many smaller things you can do that can make a big difference. Here are some ideas that can help you "go green" easily and inexpensively.

Get a recycling bin and learn how to use it. Most jurisdictions have a recycling program. You may be able to get a rebate on your recycling bin or even get it for free. Keep a list of items that can be recycled on your fridge door, so that everyone in the family can participate.

Get a kitchen compost bin. Find out if your jurisdiction has a compost pick-up program. If theydo, get a kitchen compost bin. Composting can reduce landfill waste by as much as 32%.






Use energy-saving light bulbs. Low energy light bulbs have come a long way in recent years. Their consistent glow and brightness now rival their incandescent counterparts. By replacing regular 40-watt bulbs with energy-saving 8-watt bulbs,

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]you could save nearly 50% of the electricity you used for lighting. Results may vary by brand.Shop for local produce. Many grocery stores and supermarkets offer produce – fruits, vegetables, – that are grown within a 100 mile radius. The short transportation distance, means significantly less fossil fuel is required to get the produce delivered to your local store. Keep in mind that some non-local produce, such as apples in the off-season, often need to be transported thousands of miles.


Let nature do the work.

  As an alternative to air conditioning, open windows and block out the passive heat gain from the sun with curtains. Do the opposite in winter. Strategically using curtains and windows can lower your energy bill by as much as 20%.

As you can see, you don't have to do much to have a "greener" home. Just a few little changes can make a big difference

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Falling Prices ...Amazing Opportunities for Home Buyers

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Falling Prices...Amazing Opportunities for Home Buyers. As I browse through MLS  I am absolutely amazed at the deals out there for buyers. Homes that only a few years ago went for double the price with buyers out bidding one another are now on the market for 1/2 with the sellers offering to pay closing costs or throwing in 1-2 year home warranties on some properties.

With interest rates at record lows I surprised that buyers aren't taking advantage at this wonderful opportunity to purchase the home of their dreams.

When a buyer works with me they can be assured I will always provide them dedicated, professional care. I make it my business to find you the best deal available. With over 10 years experience of helping families in Essex, Middlesex and Suffok counties. I make your home buying dreams come true.

Don't wait another day. Contact me today and together we'll find your new "Dream Home"

Lisa Coates


Prudential Preferred Realty


Boston's Northwest Real Estate Specialist


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Save time and increase productivity with this ....

Yesterday I had a thought "How can I write notes to myself to track my daily actives?" So I Googled journals/diary's and found that Yahoo had a app that you could use with your email account. So then I thought does Google?

Yes it does! it's called IGoogle.com

On this you can have "Sticky Notes (Postits) a legal notepad, Facebook, Youtube, Weather, Gmail, Google Documents, your Google Calender and just about any gadget you want on one screen. Within mins of watching a quick tutorials on Youtube to learn more about how to maximize and increase productivity. I was organized like a champ. No more flipping from tab to another. And best of all it also works on your mobile devices.

Hope this helps organize your day.


Lisa Coates


Prudential Preferred Realty


Boston's Northwest Real Estate Specialist


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