Your "Green" Columbus Kitchen Could Save You $750!

by Maureen McCabe on September 8, 2007

money in the airDouglas Garbe, an associate with Real Living Real Estate Solutions (in Orlando Florida)  shared Green Kitchen 101  on ActiveRain, a real estate network.

Douglas is committed to the environment and conservation.  His “Green Kitchen 101″ post is about how being “Green” around the house can save you green. 

“let us start with the kitchen:

  • Buy a water filtration system.  Say no to expensive bottled water.
  • Cloth napkins instead of paper… can be used several times before washing.
  • Use less single-serve or single-use products… these products are more than 50% packaging.
  • buy in bulk.  Avoid useless packaging.
  • Always cover your pots when cooking.  It speeds up the process and saves energy.
  • Let foods cool before putting them in the refrigerator, so as not to raise internal temperature.

If followed through for a whole year, the above six tips save the average home around $750.00 a year”

I am not sure I can do that last one… I am afraid of germs.  I know people used to wait to put food in the refrigerator and then it was considered safer healthwise to put still hot food directly in the refrigerator.  

Douglas’s source:  It’s easy being green, by Crissy Trask.  Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2006

At the Columbus Zoo on a recent visit I was struck again by how much they “preach” being green.  The new Asia Quest Exhibit has a lot about conservation including what we can all do at home, a lot of the same ideas above.  Lots of common sense stuff.

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1 Abbotsford September 8, 2007 at 12:57 pm

#7 – Use a “water saver” dish washing machine.

2 MaureenMcCabe September 8, 2007 at 02:00 pm

Is that in the book mentioned here?

Was that from Douglas’s entry and I missed it?

Or just another to do idea?

I wondered if number one was talking about a heavy duty water filtration system or using a Brita Filter. The other ideas on the list, from the book all seem to be inexpensive, every day choices for us to make in our kitchens as opposed to junk your old dishwasher and “buy this new green model water saving dish washer.”

Landfills filled with two to three year old dishwashers that don’t have some fancy pedigree in favor of replacing with “water saver dish washing machine” doesn’t necessarily make sense, but I am no expert on this….

Common sense stuff.

Maybe it makes sense. Or maybe not…

3 September 9, 2007 at 10:39 am

Ahh…a subject after my own heart. I am a blogger from Marion…about an hour north of Columbus. Nice to meet another Cental Ohio blogger. :)

4 MaureenMcCabe September 9, 2007 at 07:52 pm

Tiffany the woman who cut my hair on Friday lives in Marion and commutes to the Polaris Area (far northside of Columbus in southern Delaware County.) I think she said four of them commute from Marion (able to car pool which is good.) The owner of the franchise is from Marion.

She said it was a 45 minute drive, which makes sense.

I am not real green but I am trying to learn. Do you know Tina of GreenBuckeye? Thanks for introducing yourself.

5 Albuquerque real estate September 9, 2007 at 10:00 pm

That is an awesome list! Great ideas, I actually heard that bottled water causes global warming and pollution because of having to transport the bottles.

6 MaureenMcCabe September 10, 2007 at 02:46 am

I think the first ” Buy a water filtration system. Say no to expensive bottled water. ” and the third “Use less single-serve or single-use products… these products are more than 50% packaging. ” are related, I think that is the point about filtering water at home, less packaging that needs to be recycled.

It looks like Douglas may be doing a series on ActiveRain with solutions for different parts of the house, he did yards, xeriscaping since he wrote about kitchens, a big deal in areas that don’t get a lot of rain…. like Albuquerque…

Thanks for the comment. There is a problem with your link, I think you may have missed the .com I will see if I can correct it if I can find the site, if it is a legitimate site.

7 Tania September 16, 2007 at 06:48 pm

These are great tips. Looking forward to hearing more about easy to apply eco tips for the rest of the house!

8 MaureenMcCabe September 17, 2007 at 05:09 am

Thanks for the comment Tania… I am not sure I am the one to do the rest of the house… Douglas in Florida (and others ) are the pros on this. I’ll keep an eye on it and try to remember to share via if I see more.

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