Things to Keep in Mind Around Your Home as You Clean Up from the Winter Storm

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Eco-friendly ideas for cleaning up mother nature’s winter wrath

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As I’ve been watching the coverage of the most recent winter storm, I’ve been wondering about the environmental impact these storms have regarding the materials used for clean-up. The biggest factor is the salt and its impact to the eco-system. Since there is nothing we can do about how our local governments treat the roadways, except voice our concerns about clean-up methods, there is action we can take when it comes to how we deal with the snow around our homes.

Going Green During Your Winter Clean-up Around the House

Of course the best green advice is a back-breaker: shovel. And then shovel more, and you know the rest of the story. But an alternative might be to locate and hire an eco-friendly snow removal company like Eco Snow Removal to help you in the process.

If you want to get high-tech in your snow removal method, you might want to consider having a professional install a Sno*Melter on your roof, driveway or sidewalks. How jealous is this going to make your neighbors?

But if you don’t have the budget for a Sno*Melter anytime soon, then the most common de-icer method ends up being salt. There are all types of products on the market, so make sure to choose wisely because some products can wreak havoc on the environment (and your pets). The least toxic solution is calcium chloride or calcium magnesium acetate (CMA). Be sure to check the labels of the products you are bringing home to ensure you’re not introducing harmful agents around your home. Here is a great reference chart to help you in your next purchase.

Have another green snow or ice removal solution? Share with everyone so we all can get in on the snow day fun.

Photo credit via Flicker user Justin Wolfe

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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