Triangle Business Today

How Green Will Become The New HD!

Posted December 1, 2008 9:50 p.m. EST

HVAC systems running completely on water?  The ability to remove all  CFC’s from its major appliances? Sustainable houses producing their own electricity from captured rain water and wind power? Solar power generating enough power to make every home in America its own “power station”?  These are the types of things we should be expecting in the very near future as these and many other sustainable green technologies are here to stay.

I was especially impressed with the individual wind turbines available for home use today. While they won’t be able to create enough power to make you completely grid independent, it is possible to impact approximately 60% of your current power bill with energy provided from the windmill.

Geothermal HVAC technology is also something I found to be very cool (no pun intended here) – this technology enables us to use ground water to help heat and cool the air used in your home each and every day, thereby eliminating the need for traditional HVAC units which may contain harmful toxins and chemicals.

Recycling also had a huge impact on me – not so much in what we’re recycling these days, but how the by-products of that recycling are being used for new consumer products back into the mainstream consumer goods cycle.

Ultra soft blankets for use at home and the office – made completely from recycled water bottles!!
You have to feel the blankets to appreciate how soft they are – and from bottles? Then there are the more traditional products – playground rubber “mulch” – essentially reusing tires for playgrounds at the home or in community spaces. Truly giving back in a safe and environmentally friendly way. End of first day estimates had the conference attendance at 26,130 and I’m sure there were a few more – quite outstanding given our current economic environment. And to that point – emphasizing the importance of this industry – and how integral it has become and is becoming to our existence in everyday life…

And it’s not just middle or upper income Americans that are able to get into the green picture – there are a number of non-profits helping lower income American families with different ways to improve their carbon footprints – thereby making us a smarter, sustainable and more efficient society.

I look at the Green movement the same way I look at HD technology – soon it will not be a sub-category of how we do or see things – it will simply BE the way we exist. And that my friends is a very good thing.

Jeremy M. Salemson
Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Inc.

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.