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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/14/2019

Living green is sustainable living. It’s a lifestyle in which individuals endeavor to reduce the number of natural resources used and the amount of waste created to benefit the earth. It aims to promote a lifestyle that is eco-friendly through various means such as energy consumption, transportation alternatives, and waste management. To go-green, individuals usually must change their whole outlook as it pertains to the earth and how their choices affect it. As trendy as it has become, it takes more than a couple of changes to really be considered living green. Sustainable-living is a big commitment.Green living makes one live healthfully. It saves money and also the environment. It is essential to live green in order to save the earth from human excess. But homeowners don’t always know which ideas to follow for green living. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your home.

Green living ideas

The main idea of living green is to reduce the waste discarded from your home. Now, many companies are taking steps to reduce their packaging. This is a good idea to follow for living green. Another idea to follow is to reuse durable containers and products. Bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Buy products in glass containers that can be recycled or repurposed in your home.

The other major ideas for living green are:

  • Love the planet. Using organic products and cosmetics is a way to lead a green life. Use hormone-free dairy products and try to buy these products in glass bottles, because glass is reusable.
  • Grow plants or trees that give off oxygen.
  • Avoid plastic containers unless they are reusable.
  • Recycle. If your city or waste removal support recycling, do your best to follow their guidelines. If there are no recycling centers available in your area, reduce your waste, and upcycle items you no longer use to someone else.

Why choose green living?

Health: There are many health benefits. Green transportation such as biking or walking gives a person exercise and reduces pollution—living-green includes buying local, which gives individuals fresher options. Organically-grown produce reduces the number of chemicals and pesticides in food.

Finances: Using natural, renewable resources like natural light instead of electricity or filtered water in reusable containers instead of bottled water costs less. Buying local supports neighborhood vendors and helps the community while cutting out the expense of transportation. Lower utility bills too, with solar and wind technology.

Future: Prepare for the future by saving it. By using renewable resources, cutting waste, and reducing pollution, the future of the earth can be secured for later generations.

It is a responsibility to live green and to make the globe green. If you’re looking for a certified green-living property, consult your local realtor for options.





Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/13/2019


10 Summer Street, Amherst, MA 01002

North Amherst

Single-Family

$354,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
It is a great time to be in the Mill District! This lovely home will charm you the minute you enter! The renovated kitchen provides an open floor plan to the dining room/living room combining for easy entertaining. The French doors in the dining area exit to the rear deck. The expansive family room / guest space / home office, with full bath provide additional living area on the main level with exit to the spacious yard. Currently used as a first floor Master bedroom but you decide! Three generous bedrooms on the second floor enjoy the large bath with claw foot tub and separate shower. Hardwood, bamboo and parquet floors. The large fenced corner lot with abundant perennials provides two deck areas and patio for outdoor activities. This lovingly maintained home is in a prime location, a short walk to Puffers Pond, Atkins and all the exciting developments in the Mill District and only minutes to UMass and Amherst Center! Showings start @ open house on Sunday 3/17, 1pm to 3pm.
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/13/2019


10 Summer Street, Amherst, MA 01002

North Amherst

Single-Family

$354,900
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
It is a great time to be in the Mill District! This lovely home will charm you the minute you enter! The renovated kitchen provides an open floor plan to the dining room/living room combining for easy entertaining. The French doors in the dining area exit to the rear deck. The expansive family room / guest space / home office, with full bath provide additional living area on the main level with exit to the spacious yard. Currently used as a first floor Master bedroom but you decide! Three generous bedrooms on the second floor enjoy the large bath with claw foot tub and separate shower. Hardwood, bamboo and parquet floors. The large fenced corner lot with abundant perennials provides two deck areas and patio for outdoor activities. This lovingly maintained home is in a prime location, a short walk to Puffers Pond, Atkins and all the exciting developments in the Mill District and only minutes to UMass and Amherst Center! Showings start @ open house on Sunday 3/17, 1pm to 3pm.
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/7/2019

New to an area or just finding yourself lost more often than you would like. There is a remedy! All it takes is the courage to explore. For some, this will be more about the courage, and for others, you may look at this and say who has time for that, but it is much easier for you (with both arguments) to muster it up and go for it. Practicing your route can give you several benefits. 

Time saved

How many times have you lost yourself, gotten turned around, taken a wrong turn (because really who can keep it straight when your app is telling you to turn in 500 feet), or sat in a parking lot waiting for your maps app to find out how to get you where you want to go? Add all these together, and you may be surprised at what you find. The average driver can lose themselves and end up driving an extra over 250 miles per year. Still, think you don't have the time to spend just driving around your area to become familiar with the roads?

Courage found

Let's say that you get lost going from home to work. This event happens on a regular basis, and you have just come to figure that you will get lost anywhere no matter what. Being lost does not have to be the case, as given enough of an opportunity you too can develop a sense of direction. All it takes is a chance to focus on your surroundings instead of the traffic around you or what's happening that day.

Start driving

The suggestion would be to determine some areas that you travel to (or get lost in) more frequently. Pull up your GPS, find a couple of base points that you know and then start driving around. You can choose a particular pattern that you want to try to drive or just aimlessly turn at different roads; this part doesn't matter. What matters is that you are paying attention to landmarks, layouts, and some major road names and intersections as you drive. You may wonder if this will honestly do anything for you later, but you will reap the benefits next time you are driving in that area and remember that 7-eleven or funny shaped building that give you a point of reference and enable you to get back on track much faster than you would have otherwise.

Another drive, another chance 

Give yourself a few trips around and reap the rewards of your courage and the extra time that you will now have by not being lost as much. You will also get the chance to learn places that are around you and, if you choose, to give you a fun time with anybody that comes along for the ride.




Categories: real estate   Moving Tips   Relocating  


Posted by Cynthia Owens on 3/1/2019

This Single-Family in Hadley, MA recently sold for $390,000. This Cape style home was sold by Cynthia Owens - Five College REALTORS ®.


5 Lady Slipper Lane, Hadley, MA 01035

Single-Family

$399,900
Price
$390,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Wonderful, recently renovated, easy-care Cape-style home with 3 spacious bedrooms, 3 baths, hardwood floors, pretty trim details, and abundant closet space. There's a finished walkout basement that boasts full size windows, a nice size family room with a wet bar, and adjoining bath, plus a 2-car garage. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac lot with a large back deck and a private backyard that lends itself to outdoor enjoyment, it's a great place to relax with family and friends that offers easy access to Hadley & Amherst Centers, area colleges, and shopping, plus low Hadley taxes. Don't miss this move-in ready GEM! Call today for your private preview appointment.

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