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Must-Haves When Going Green

May 10th, 2012 by gaelite

Clean up your cleaning habits with seven supply switches to make your home a greener scene. Linda Mason Hunter, author of Green Clean, offers some easy ideas that anyone can add to their cleaning routine.

Many of the cleaning supplies you use at home are very harmful for the environment. Living Green means making sure the products you use are environmentally friendly. The stores are flooded with “green” cleaning supplies. That’s a great thing, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. How do you know what you really need? Here are some items that offer a shot of green to your cleaning supplies. Tune into a few keywords to help make your shopping easier.

Paper Products

When shopping for paper goods, choose those with the highest “post consumer waste” content you can find, either unbleached or whitened without chlorine.

Candles

Replace paraffin candles, which are made from crude oil, with cleaner-burning soy or beeswax ones.

Trash Bags

Select biodegradable trash bags or those made with at least 65 percent recycled content.

Lightbulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs use one-quarter the energy of incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer.

Cleaning Stuff

Buy prepared basics or mix your own environmentally friendly cleaners using common, natural ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda.

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Amid mixed housing data and 15-year homeownership low, questions persist. Did the housing market simply turn into another cul-de-sac?

By Tony at MSN Real Estate May 1, 2012 12:36PM

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, said today that the U.S. housing market has “turned a corner.”

 

His comments at a Bloomberg-sponsored conference echoed those of the National Association of Realtors, which said last week that lower inventories may create “more balanced conditions” and a rise in home prices.

 

The most recent housing data show that pending home sales in March — or homes under contract but not yet closed upon — were at their highest level since April 2010, spurring optimism for more closings in coming months. Sales of existing homes were up 5.2% from March 2011, and new-home sales were up 7.5% in that time. Zillow and the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index also reported new post-boom price bottoms in their latest reports.

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