Thursday, June 11, 2009

Green Irene (Eco-Consultant Company) Featured In The New York Times and YESWECANSOLVEIT.BLOGSPOT.COM

Green Irene Featured in The New York Times
We are happy to share with you today's article in The New York Times that features Green Irene and one of our New York City Eco-Consultants.
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The New York Times article, "Make Me Greener, Please," discusses how an Eco-Consultant can help homeowners understand environmental savings, benefits and costs, which are often elusive and confusing.

The New York Times reporter pointed out that there are no industry standards for "eco-consultants". Green Irene is proud to have established a national training program and comprehensive checklists and reports backed by a research team to provide ongoing support to our clients and Eco-Consultants with local knowledge supplied by the independent, local Eco-Consultant. The daily feedback we get from our 400 Eco-Consultants in the field and the many Green Home Makeovers we perform helps make our $99 Green Home Makeover a great value.

Rosamaria Caballero
Co-Founder and the original "Green Irene"

Below is an excerpt from The New York Times article:

Sal Scamardo, a 46-year-old independent film producer in New York, had hired a consultant even though he began with many environmental advantages - only 650 square feet of living space to heat or cool, no lawn or daily automobile use. But he wanted to reduce his electric usage and improve indoor air quality, he said, adding, "I liked the idea of someone coming in and analyzing your lifestyle and taking a look under the covers."

In April, he guided Stephanie Gregerman of Green Irene, a company with about 300 consultants in 45 states who get online training and offer $99 "green-home makeovers" (along with the company's products), around his one-bedroom condo.

After a 90-minute inspection of the apartment, Ms. Gregerman discovered several green-home no-no's: nine incandescent light bulbs, a cabinet full of chemical-laden cleaning products and seven pieces of electronic equipment sucking power while not in use.

"Don't take my lava lamp," Mr. Scamardo pleaded, only half-joking.

Ms. Gregerman, who has had a long-term interest in environmental issues and formerly worked in marketing for a record label, gave him a long list of recommendations: use compact fluorescent bulbs, get a power strip with an on-off button, pay extra for wind power from the local utility and set a five-minute egg timer while taking a shower.

The lava lamp was spared, but Ms. Gregerman also suggested using cloth instead of paper towels, giving up plastic bags and plastic water containers, replacing $40 worth of cleaning products with nontoxic alternatives and composting food scraps.

Mr. Scamardo did not buy any products during the visit, and he rejected composting, which would entail saving leftovers until they could be dropped off at the nearest composting collection site.

"I don't see that working with my lifestyle," he said. He has, however, applied most of the energy-saving recommendations, including no longer shaving in the shower to try to keep his showers under five minutes.

"If you're serious about, it is worth it," he said of the consultation. "It was customized to my way of living and I could ask questions."

Learn more about the Green Home Makeover at the Green Irene website.

You can read the whole article at The New York Time's website

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Among other things, Stephanie Gregerman suggested that Sal Scamardo pay extra for wind power, take shorter showers and switch to compact fluorescent bulbs.

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