iGo Realty Blog

May 9, 2017

Reasons Why You Should Recycle

The Top 5 Reasons To Recycle ~  

Offered by iGo Realty

Recycling is a big part of what we do in America. It’s a way of life. Recycling contributes to a better society. Most of the reasons we recycle are justified by the positive results that can be seen immediately, like when we pick up a plastic bottle or can off the ground and toss it in a recycle bin.

#1 ~ Recycling Reduces Landfill Space

The general public didn’t put much thought into where trash went in the 60’s. Landfills are a relatively new idea in the 20th Century and up until 1976 when Congress passed the Resource Conservation Recovery Act trash was simply tossed in a big hole. We called these places dumps, and they were typically located within the city limits. As a nation, we are generating more and more trash that by some accounts are in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 pounds a day, per person. Recycling has the potential to reduce these numbers.

#2 ~ Recycling Reduces GHG Emissions

We’ve eliminated dumps, holes in the ground and our Grandparents backyard trash heaps with sophisticated and high tech Landfills; but these landfills are expensive to operate, and in order to be sustainable, they must turn a profit and be established in areas where they can expand. Unfortunately, remote areas are far from these trash generating sources. Some locations have to truck hundreds of miles, while other areas in the Eastern U.S. are transporting their garbage to other states. This causes a larger carbon footprint to the equation that doesn’t seem to offset the tons of methane gas (a major GHG) that those old dump sites were emitting, and what landfills where supposed to eliminate. 

#3 ~ Recycling Reduces Pollution

In theory, the belief was that recycling would help reduce pollution. Our trash would now become worth something, and we would think twice before littering. The roadsides, parks, oceans and mountain trails would be free from paper, glass and plastic bottles. If we are conscience in our efforts, trash generation can be replaced with recyclables, and thus the concept zero waste will be realized, but until the manufacturing process embraces this idealism that everything can be recycled, or reused, recycling will never eliminate pollution. We also, as consumers, can start by reducing our demand for “stuff”.

#4 ~ Recycling Reduces Use of Natural Resources and Provides Material for Goods

Recycling reduces the need to extract virgin natural resources that are needed to produce goods. Trees are needed, for example, to manufacture paper goods. Petroleum is required to manufacture plastic. By utilizing recycled materials in the manufacturing process, the need for natural resources are reduced. Buying recycled goods is a good way to help reduce wast products. This can be as easy as shopping at thrift stores and purchasing gently worn clothes, or asking a tree pruning company for their wood chip waste and use it as mulch. We call this a Circular Economy.

#5 ~ Recycling Reduces Groundwater Contamination

Recycling is causing an environmental benefit that few realize. Through the awareness of how our garbage impacts our planet, and learning to be more responsible about how we discard our “stuff”, groundwater is being better protected. Chemicals such as Beryllium, Arsenic and Phthalates (suspected carcinogens) are being eliminated in the production of some goods.

iGo Realty recently had a recycling event along with other North Forest businesses. We recycled 8,100 pounds of paper with the help of our local communities participation. For every 2,000 pounds 17 trees are saved. Stop by iGo Realty at 104th & Potomac and pick up a FREE tote bag you can use for your next shopping trip. If we all do our part when it comes to recycling then we can all make a difference. 

Posted in Recycle
April 4, 2017

Radon Gas

Could Your Home Have a Serious Radon Gas Problem?

Offered by iGo Realty

The problem of radon in our homes has not been as prevalent a news topic as it has been in the past. However, radon is still a very real problem that all home owners should be aware of, especially since the EPA estimates that Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of radon gas in the nation, with nearly 73% of homes in our state having high levels. It can’t be seen or smelled, but it can cause serious health issues. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. How does radon get into our homes and what can we do to protect ourselves?

Radon comes from the ground and is the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a house through cracks and other holes in the foundation. 

When this happens, radon gets trapped inside the walls of our well insulated homes. The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon in your home is to have your home tested. Fortunately, testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Better still, if you and that you have problem, fixing the problem isn’t as expensive as you might guess. Nationally, the average cost for radon mitigation system is $1,200.

You can test one of two way: purchase a canister kit available online or at most hardware stores, or hire a professional radon testing company to run a test. Hiring a company will be the most accurate.

Analog radon testing is the old standard of the industry and involves a charcoal test kit that can easily set up in a low-lying area of the house, ideally a basement or crawl space. This kit acts like classic photographic lm. As radioactivity from radon bombards the test kit, it makes and impression that can later be analyzed.

Digital radon tests and detectors are part of the new age of radon testing. A digital radon monitor, like a smoke detector, constantly analyses the air. Unlike a smoke detector, these devices display the readings of radon levels on a device itself.

Radon testing is not required when selling in Colorado. However, many prospective buyers may conduct a radon test. If the radon results come back above the recommended 4.0 EPA guidelines then it is possible the buyer will request a mitigation system. Be assured that radon does not need to derail a sale. We are quite familiar with these issues, so call us if you would like to know more.

 

On a Lighter Note ~ Tips From the Easter Bunny ~

 

  1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  2. There is no thing as too much candy.
  3. Some body parts are supposed to be floppy
  4. An Easter bonnet can tame the wildest of hare.
  5. The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket
  6. Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. 
Posted in Radon Gas
March 1, 2017

Achieve Cleaner Air At Home

Green Ideas for the Colorado Homeowner 

Offered by iGo Realty 

Quick Tips to Achieve Cleaner Indoor Air at Home

One of the great things about living in Colorado is that despite the fact that it is March, there will be days when we can open our doors and windows and let a little fresh air into our homes. Fresh air is a great idea because Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have shown that levels of air pollutants indoors may be anywhere from 2 to 5 times greater than outdoors, and in some cases more than 100 times greater. With more time spent indoors these days, here are simple suggestions to make your home a healthier place to be: 

 

Get fresh air circulating as often as possible by opening windows and doors, even for just a few minutes.

Shoes track in pesticides and other contaminates, so wipe them off, or better yet, take them off when entering the house..

Replace or clean furnace and air filters at least every two months. Use a “high efficiency particulate filter” also know as HEPA. 

Use ventilating fans over the stove and in the bathrooms. 

If you must smoke, don't smoke indoors.

Keep ventilating fans clean. 

Look for safe cleaning products: those without the signal words of danger, warning or caution.

Frequently vacuum carpets and upholstery, wash linens  weekly, and dust regularly to keep “dust mites” to a minimum.

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

Posted in Green Living