Triangle Business Today

are YOU green?

Posted June 4, 2008

How “green” are you these days? Using low VOC paints at home? Using recycled wood products from reclaimed sources around the US? How energy efficient is that new HVAC unit you just installed? These and many others are just some of the options that people are using in today’s market when either building or remodeling their homes – in an attempt to raise their level of environmental consciousness.

What does green mean to you? Do you have to be wealthy to be green? How do I know what products are green? How do I know what contractors are licensed as true green contractors? All of these questions come into play when considering moving to greener pastures.

The most important thing we can do as consumers is help to create a paradigm shift in the mentality of the home owner, so that it becomes second nature when thinking about how to lessen our impact or “carbon footprint” on the environment.

So make certain that you’re asking for green products when going to your DIY stores here in the Triangle – and insist that your contractors are being green friendly and have committed to a strong recycling program. We can and should all be doing our part to make the earth a friendlier and healthier place to live and breathe.

Jeremy M. Salemson
Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Inc.


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  • StaggerLee Jun 5, 2008

    SaveEnergyMan, you are full of Bull. If you can't be green and live in a 4000 sq ft house, then how can you be green and live in a 3000 sq ft house. Or how about a 2000 sq ft house? What is the magic "green" number?
    Should we all live in tents? That would be a sacrifice.

    It will be interesting to see these blogs in the next decade when we will be told that we are in a period of glocal cooling.

  • yankee1 Jun 5, 2008

    Why not go all the way? Sell ALL your cars and take a bus, wash your clothes in the local stream, use only candles and entertain yourselves only with a small transistor radio. Better yet, buy an old military base, collect all your greenie groupies, move into the barracks at the base, elect Al Gore as the President of your homeowner's association and leave the rest of the world alone!!

  • br549znc Jun 5, 2008

    No, I'm not green.

  • Frank Downtown Jun 5, 2008

    Touche', I agree. Does anyone really need a house so large you have to use an intercom to communicate?

  • penny for your thoughts Jun 5, 2008

    SaveEnergyMan - you're right on!!! We gave up one car and I use public transportation. We sold our second car and bought a Prius (my wife wouldn't let me get the hybrid SUV for the same reason SaveEnergyMan mentioned!). We cut our electric and natual gas use way back, cut water use way back, and drive very slowly now. Also switched all our lights to energy efficient lights. Now using more efficent toilets and shower heads as well. Funny thing is that is not just good for the environment - it's good for our bank accounts too! We're saving a ton of money.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 5, 2008

    How green can someone be living in a 4,000 ft2 house without 3 or more children? I am sick of hearing about how these monster houses are "green". They require more building materials, cost more to heat/cool, & are usually surrounded by a lawn that requires constant watering. It's like an SUV hybrid that gets 20 mpg, rather than 12. It's still far less than a reasonable car.

    If you want to live in a big house, fine. But don't fool yourselves into thinking you're green. The little things mentioned in the article are just "feel good" items meant to soothe a guilty conscience. Real green requires sacrifice, a real committment to live with less.

About this Blog:

Jeremy Salemson, CEO of Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, blogs about economic trends and data and their impact on Triangle business. Each week, he interviews a Triangle-area business leader for a personal look at the local economy.