Live Green, Vive Verde

Live Green, Vive Verde by Investing in Landscaping!

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Our next post in the Live Green, Vive Verde series is all about saving on your energy bills through landscaping!  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can "improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills" with the right landscaping, tailored to your home, your needs, and your geography! The Department of Energy also has an awesome infographic with quick tips on exactly how you can consume less energy with simple landscaping tips! Here are some of our favorites:

Help Save Water by...

1) Grouping plants with similar watering needs together

2) Using mulch to keep plant roots cool and prevent quick evaporation of water

3) Raising your lawn mower cutting height to reduce the amount of water needed to maintain your lawn

 

Help Save Energy by...

1) Planting trees and shrubs that add shade to your home

2) Planting ground cover, which will help to cool air before it hits your home

3) Using trellises with creeping or climbing vines to add visual interest and cooling shade to a deck or patio

 

 

If you'd like to improve your landscaping this year, and explore some of the options you have to make a more energy efficient green space around your home, check out our recommended local experts page for landscapers to call in the Madison area.

Live green, Vive verde: Basic H2 Cleaner

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Welcome to our new series of blog posts called Live Green, Vive Verde. Here at the Alvarado Real Estate Group, Live Green, Vive Verde, is an important part of our business! We want to show you how you can incorporate eco-friendly products, services, and actions into your life and home, to not only enrich your health and well-being, but to also preserve the environment and reduce the carbon footprint on our beautiful communities across the greater Madison area (and beyond).

Our first post comes from our friend and natural/healthy living consultant, Anke Johnson! We hope you enjoy this new series and we look forward to bringing you more Live Green, Vive Verde posts moving forward!

Loving the green in a bottle of Basic H2!

Basic H2 is a bit of a miracle in a bottle!  From earth and people friendly to really economical, it's a product that you can feel really good about using!
 

If you're smart enough to have bought a home from Alvarado Real Estate Group, then you got one of these gems in your welcome bag because they think being green is pretty important too!  

Dr Forrest C. Shaklee introduced Basic H in 1960 (Basic H2 came in 2006 to make it even MORE green!), which was a product way before it's time.  At the time when many non-earth friendly products were being introduced because they "worked better", Dr. Shaklee created a product that not only worked as well or better than these products, but was also gentle to the earth as well as to the people exposed to it.  

Basic H2 is also so versatile, that it can be used in all areas of your house.  It is typically diluted into 3 strengths; windows/mirrors, general cleaning, and de-greasing for those harder jobs. Because Basic H2 is so concentrated, your small 16oz bottle will make 5,824 bottles of Windex!  Imagine how many plastic bottles and sprays are saved from recycling and landfill, and how much money you can save, literally thousands!!  And because Basic H2 is safe for your family and pets, you can be rest assured that everyone's health is better for it.  If anyone in your family has health issues such as allergies or asthma, Basic H2 is a great choice to help decrease any environmental impact that may be adding to the illness.

If you have any questions about Basic H2, or if you'd like to know more about some of Shaklee's other fantastically green and effective cleaners for dishwashing, laundry, and more, please contact Anke Johnson at 608-467-0008 or email coachanke@gmail.com.  Anke is passionate about helping to keep things green, one bottle at a time!

Cheers, Anke


Anke Johnson ~ Consultant and Coach for Healthy Living, Equestrian Confidence and Connected Riding Practitioner