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Clearwater Florida is Getting Greener

Today many Clearwater home owners are looking for ways to be more "Eco Friendly" - from recycling to using green products when possible.  The desire is often there before the products. Local residents oftne tell me they'd like to be more "eco-friendly" but they aren't sure where to start.

Well, now it's going to be even easier for everyone to find more environmentally friendly products in Clearwater, Florida and everywhere else that has a neighborhood Home Depot.

   
Why? Because Home Depot is working aggressively to fully implement its new Eco Options program. They are working to get the best eco-friendly products into their stores for their customers. They invited all the suppliers of their 176,000 products to submit any "green products" they have for consideration in their Eco Options program. They were surprise when their suppliers came back with over 60,000 products for consideration.

Home Depot's goal was to find 6,000 products out of the 60,000 submitted that their customers would want to find in their local Home Depot store.  With so many options the Home Depot Eco Options team went to work determining the "real green products" from the "voodoo" ones.

        
 In the end, "Only 2500 of the products have made the cut to date. The proucts selected had to pass the muster with a man who fertilizes his own home garden with a liquefied worm paste product packaged in recycled soda bottles and fills his swimming pool with saltwater to avoid putting chlorine into the environment," said Ron Jarvis, a Home Depot senior vice-president who oversees the Eco Options program.

 

Home Depot Eco Options for Clearwater

 clearwater florida home depot store What are some of the Eco Option products coming to a Tampa Bay Home Depot near you..
  • Front Load Washers that use less water;
  • Herbs & Vegetables sold in biodegradable pots that release nutrients into the soil;
  • A Flush mounted light that generates 70% less heat and uses 2/3s less energy than standard lighting; 
  • None of the wood products they purchase come from the endangered regions worldwide;
  • Solar powered landscape lighting;
  • Paints that discharge fewer pollutants;   

Home Depot Green Standards

Home Depot is committed to working with the Scientific Certification Systems, a private company that audits and certifies company "eco friendly" claims and they are helping Home Depot develop it's green standards to include:

  • the products environmental record over it's entire product life-cycle;
  • understanding the products it's efficiency;
  • as it relates to the products longevity; 
  • how sustainable is the production of the product;
  • how can it be recycled when it's no longer needed;

I applaud Home Depot for working to establish meaningful green standards. This is one of the challenges facing "eco friendly" consumers today - how to really determine how effectively green a product really is. I'm looking forward to learning more about eco friendly solutions we can implement in our home. 

More Home Depot Eco Options Information

I'm curious, how Green is your home or your home town today?

Home Depot's can found in and around Clearwater, Florida  33764, 33761  

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Comment balloon 60 commentsCyndee Haydon • July 29 2007 01:03AM

Comments

Cyndee,

Nice to hear that Clearwater is getting more green options from this program.  We don't have a Home Depot here in town but will have to check this out next time I am in Fayetteville.  I hope Lowe's follows suit since we have one of those in Sanford.  The green movement hasn't taken hold here locally but I am looking forward to the time when it does.  About the only "green" feature in my house is the compact fluorescent bulbs. 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) over 11 years ago
Just went to Home Depot today. I replaced all my mom's bulbs with those squigley looking bulbs as she has a huge home...should be better on her electric bill. I'm learning more as well.
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Cyndee.....  I think it's great that Home Depot is getting involved 110%. Making it very friendly within their stores. Is this going to be nationally?  You would think so. It looks like all types of people will not only be pushing green, but will be learning about green and what they need to do to improve things. Besides, there is some great savings involved.  Some good information here... thanks.

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Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 11 years ago
Cyndee this will be another great resource for Clearwater homeowners trying to maintain a green home. I haven't checked this out locally but I need to.
Posted by Ashley Drake Gephart (Drake Intel Group) over 11 years ago
We are slowly recycling almost everything in our household.  We have put timers on our hot water heater and also on lights in halls and garaages where kids are always leaving lights on.  The lights have motion sensors to turn on and off after a set time. (bathroom fans too)
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - I hear much more about this from the South and West states. I guess I am more green than I thought; we do use the light bulbs, front load washer, timers, we recycle, but each day it seems there is something new.
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, I didn't know Home Depot did all this, except for the light bulbs. I will  check it out. I need to do timers on my TV's as my kids leave them on all night.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

Cyndee - I'm learning more and more about the "Greenvolution" and I like it.  This one is bookmarked, nicely done!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago
Great information Cyndee.  We are trying to go as "green" as we can personally at home, so its nice to read these kinds of post now & then. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago
Cyndee--Wonderfully Green Post! I will stop thinking Orange when I think Home Depot and start seeing Green instead!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago
Go Green, I enjoyed reading this I gave you a 5 Michael Mapes
Posted by Michael Mapes-Suntrust Mortgage (Sun Trust Mortgage) over 11 years ago
Rita - thanks for sharing - we love those lightbulbs ourselves - I didn't realize that you didn't have Home Depots in Sanford - we have Lowe's too - not sure yet what they're doing but I bet we'll keep seeing more of it.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Sally - I agree I'm learning more about ways to be green myself - Stephanie is a great inspiration.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Jeff - thank you for taking the time to stop by - I agree being green can save you some GR$$N!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Ashley - I think you'll be surprised how much is coming to a store near you!! 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Chris - wow, you guys are an inspiration - I need to implement more green concepts at my house - especially with 2 young boys.   
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Paula - you are so right - something new everyday - it's great to see eco friendly products coming to the fore front.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Missy - that sounds like something I should consider as well - thanks for dropping by can't wait till you're at Home Depot again. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Jason - WOW - thank you for those kind words - glad you enjoyed it - thanks for frequently visiting my little corner of the blogosphere.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Steve - thanks for stopping by today - glad to see you! 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Teri - that's perfect "I'll stop thinking Orange and think Green when I  think Home Depot"
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Michael - thanks for such high praise - it's great to entertain you in my neck of the woods - I mean beach :-) Hope to see you back often.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, Great information. I guess our Home Depot is just as Green as your Home Depot and I just did not realize it!!! We do use the light bulbs and I can say it has helped with the electrical bill. 
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Go Clearwater Home Depot and go Cyndee for letting us know!  I'm severly tempted to buy one of those front loading washers...then, of course, the dryer...  Do you think my husband would go for that???
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) over 11 years ago

Home Depot ... it's about time

I'm not a huge fan of the store but I think this will do well by offering customers the option...

They themselves could use a makeover!...skylights instead of mercury vapor bulbs??... more electric mowers and environmentally conscious decisions... 

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

This is interesting to me, thanks for such a detailed review, I've learned something here. I've not hear of HD doing this before and I've got two HD stores within 10 minutes of my house. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 11 years ago
I found it interesting that when I take a look at my own household appliances and choices I often choose a greener product because it works better.... my front loader washer is not just great because it uses less water, but I can wash larger loads, and they get cleaner without wear and tear on my clothing.... my vacuum is a rainbow - which uses water to filter and so no more bags - and cut my household dust in half... I use rechargeable batteries, and those florescent bulbs... they are cooler and do not heat up the house when left on.  Some green products really are better than the old ones :o)
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Mana - you're in for a treat when you start looking for pro-environment products - I love those lightbulbs too. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Chris - read on Thesa shares the "benefits" she's expereincing - maybe he'll say yes when he sees that helping the enviroment is also helping sames money and gets his clothes cleaner :-) 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, interesting post... I didn't realize Home Depot was gearing its marketing towards "green products".  Very informative.
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) over 11 years ago
David - points well made - we'll see if we see more of that too - I know they were looking into the electric mower options - that may already be there. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Lynda - you'll have to let me know what you find the next time you're there. Glad it helped. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Thesa - thanks for sharing your experiences - its always insightful to hear from people really using these things. You make a lot of great points on the financial benefits of "going green"
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Irina - yes - they've committed to being a leader in this area - hoping to profit from being green early and deep. We'll see if their customers are ready to embrace this new inventory. People will validate their position with their dollars at the register. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

The key to success (for anything) to turning green is easy access! It you make it easy to get to or easy to use people will comply. And it all has to make sense! Do the Right Thing!

 

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago
Dena - great wisdom - "easy access + easy to use + makes sense" = SUCCESS - I believe that's what Home Depot is hoping for - we'll see won't we. I'm still learning a lot from my Eco-friends - thanks for sharing!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - WOW - LOVE IT! Green is where it's at - thanks for sharing!!!! Keep the Clearwater Florida info flowing!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 11 years ago
Cyndee - Another great local piece informing the consumer of the green options available at Home Depot.  Good to see a large store becoming engage.  My community is very interested in using green products.  The town was also interested in wind generated energy I have to see if that is progressing.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago
Our MLS just went Green.  Do you have that too?
Posted by Melissa Olson, HOPE Lending LLC (HOPE Lending LLC) over 11 years ago
Susie - thanks - learning more about it myself - happy to share!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Jennifer - I really appeciate your kudos! Thank you for making me a frequent stop in your blog tour :-) It's great to have you here. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Melissa - ok you have to tell us more - what? Your MLS went Green - we want details pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase!!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Great to see so many others actually using these products - I think Home Depot is on to something. 
Posted by Jack Haydon, Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee - I first heard of the Washington MLS going Green in Joe Kennedy's blog Northwest MLS Enabling Database Searches of Listings With Green Design Features.

Posted by Melissa Olson, HOPE Lending LLC (HOPE Lending LLC) over 11 years ago
Melissa - thank you for that link - I will check it out and learn!
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Cyndee, I have seen their advertising and have been meaning to research this.  Thanks for posting it!!  Nice to see that Home Depot is finding a green market.  That means it will hit new construction more and more.  :)  Great post!
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 11 years ago
Stephanie - thanks for being my eco-friendly mentor from Houston Texas - I thought of you when I researched this. Thanks for stopping by. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
I am so glad to hear that!  I have not heard of anything green coming from our local Home Depots, but I will certainly pay more attention.
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 11 years ago

This is all good!   If you saw the TED video I posted on my blog, Walmart did something similar.   SO glad to hear that a BIG company like HOME DEPOT is doing the same!!  Nice, well researched post Cyndee.

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Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Great information. It's good to see Home Depot trying to repair its tarnished image with the green approach. Didn't know they were into it so deep. Hopefully all these products will be available nationwide, like the solar-powered landscape lighting, biodegradable pots and eco-friendly house paints.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 11 years ago
WOW! Who knew? Thanks for the post! I had no idea Home Depot was going that green!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee, I love this eco friendly post!  Many homeowners in Tampa Bay are looking for ways to be more eco friendly and this is a great resource for homeowners!  Personally, we have been changing out our lightbulbs throughout the house to more energy efficient bulbs.  It's so true that doing that smallest thing can make a big difference
Posted by Leah Ross, Tampa, Florida Mortgage (Your Tampa Bay Mortgage Source) over 11 years ago
Leah - I agree that the little steps can add up to big savings and a big difference in our environment.   
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Cyndee-

 

Great work on your blog. I'm a newbee, b ut you're inspiring me. Keep up the fantastic work! Go green!

Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) over 11 years ago
Tom - thank you for visiting by corner of the blogosphere - I'll keep a beach chair handy for you - hope to see you back again soon.  Trust me you won't be a newbie long and many of my guests here are great bloggers if you're looking to get to know great members - enjoy the journey.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago

Esko - thanks for taking time to stop by and comment - I appreciate your interest.

Katrina - thanks for taking time to share - you're always welcome here.

Bill & Barbara Jo - Yep, Kermit would be proud! 

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 11 years ago
Cyndee... I'm so sorry it took me a while to get to this... We are trying to do more green.  We have changed our outside lights to solar, the squiggly ones in all the others attached to the house, with the attachments to go on only at night, and all squiggly ones in the inside of the house.  Thank you for sharing this information.
Posted by Kim Murphy, Mortgage Loans in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Lake, Will C (Draper and Kramer) over 11 years ago
Great advice and stuff that can go to clearwater and beyond!  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 11 years ago
Wow, thank you what an exciting post, thanks again!
Posted by Gabe Swinney Asheville New Urbanism (Gabe Swinney) over 11 years ago

Cyndee,

Great post and if Home Depot is going green, then it's probably pretty important to have some green information on our blogs and websites! 

Posted by Suburban Chicago Illinois Real Estate (Suburban Village Realty) over 11 years ago

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