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Green Gab Podcast About Green Pros, Homes, and Living

Marla Esser Cloos & Tony Pratte

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Green Gab Podcast About Green Pros, Homes, and Living

Green Gab Podcast About Green Pros, Homes, and Living

Marla Esser Cloos & Tony Pratte

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The Green Gab Podcast helps you GET the value of green: for you, your family and your community. Whether its green homes, green living or the people who make it happen, join Marla Esser Cloos to learn how green and sustainability practices and products work for you.

Latest Episodes

Running Your Home So It Doesn't Run You

If you take care of your home so that it will take care of you, you won't have to do as much to look after it. Everything you do to maintain your home will pay off in the long run and you won't end up having the big calamities and repairs that you would have to deal with if you did not care for your home properly.

36 MIN1 d ago
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Running Your Home So It Doesn't Run You

Home Preservation Manuals with Steve Spratt

We all want a home that looks good and performs well. Today, Steve Spratt, of Home Preservation Services joins us. He is an expert in homeowner operations and maintenance and he has a fantastic website, called Home Preservation Manual. In today's episode, Steve will be giving us lots of great information about owning and maintaining a home, and all the responsibilities that go along with that. What motivates Steve The home represents some very important things that often tend to go unnoticed by the owners. And many people seem to take their homes for granted, and they don't take very good care of them. What a home represents Value. (It is a big investment.) A place of nurturing and re-energizing. Steve helps people to maximize the value and the nurturing aspects of their homes by showing them how to take better care of their homes. The service that Home Preservation Services provides Home Preservation Services does four visits to the home each year, and they provide a checklist of p...

31 MIN1 w ago
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Home Preservation Manuals with Steve Spratt

Navigating Home Maintenance Without Driving Yourself Crazy

If you take care of your home so that it will take care of you, you won't have to do as much to look after it. Everything you do to maintain your home will pay off in the long run and you won't end up having the big calamities and repairs that you would have to deal with if you did not care for your home properly. The average home has about 75 different components in it that need to be tracked, so the thought of maintaining it can be a little overwhelming. And we do need to know how to take care of everything in the right way. As you take care of your home, you will have a great opportunity to up-level it. Take a moment It's worthwhile to take a moment to consider what you're going to use to repair, maintain, and replace your household components. You need to hold onto your user manuals because they can make your routine maintenance much quicker and easier. If you have lost a user manual, you will be able to find it easily online, on the manufacturer's website. Some tips to make thi...

38 MIN2 w ago
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Navigating Home Maintenance Without Driving Yourself Crazy

Home Maintenance Checklists with Tina Gleisner

We have Tina Gleisner with us today, from Home Tips for Women. Home Tips for Women teaches women how to care for their homes and gain the confidence to maintain and effectively update their homes to become their dream home. Tina's content is different because she puts a lot of thought into organizing her information, to make it relatable. Dealing with mold It's astonishing how many people are dealing with mold in their homes, and in many cases, it's not being dealt with correctly. When you buy a home in Florida, you need to get a mold inspection as well as the regular home inspection because so many houses have mold. This is a good idea for everyone because if mold is left unchecked for years, the whole house could even have to be gutted as a lot of mold hides inside the wall cavities. Although most people are used to visible mold, a lot of invisible molds can also exist in a home. So if a house has been flooded, you typically have three to five days to get the house clean and dry t...

34 MIN3 w ago
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Home Maintenance Checklists with Tina Gleisner

High Performance Green Home Upgrades That Won't Break the Bank

Matt Belcher works with Hibbs Homes and is well known in the green home world and as the author of Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line from NAHB Builderbooks. It was written for builders to incorporate green practices into building. Matt has been a long-standing champion of green home building, as well as a hero and mentor to Marla. “Rising tides raise all boats” – Matt. Pat Dodd of Dawson-Dodd Heating and Cooling – we heat and cool the impossible Dawson-Dodd will work installations many contractors will walk away from. Heating and cooling older homes and even homes which do not have ductwork is their specialty. They offer systems and installation which cool from the top down as well. Read more at The Green Home Coach Website! The Green Gab Podcast Links Bar: Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe via RSS Feed | Facebook Page | Twitter Page |Stitcher Page Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts: — Marla Esser Cloos on – The Web – Twitter – Facebook – ...

15 MINJAN 29
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High Performance Green Home Upgrades That Won't Break the Bank

The Truth About Green Product Labels

Living green, or sustainably, is about more than just saving on your electricity bill, and doing your bit to protect natural resources. It's about creating a safer and healthier lifestyle without having to compromise on style, quality, or budget. Today, Tony Pratt joins Marla once again, to talk about green labels. They will be explaining what green labels are, what they mean, and how to use them. What are green labels? Green labels are there to show us that there has been third-party certification for a product, an assembly, or even an entire building. They are proof that something has been certified, and truly is what it claims to be. If the third-party was not there, anyone would be able to do or say whatever they wanted to, about any product. Greenwashing The term 'greenwashing' was coined about ten years ago. It's used when someone thinks, or hopes, rather than knows, that a product is green. It is actually nothing more than marketing hype, or the misdirection of consumers beca...

35 MINJAN 22
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The Truth About Green Product Labels

Automations to Green Your Home

There's a lot of talk about energy efficiency when it comes to green homes. Currently, there are many innovations available to make energy efficiency easier, controlled, or managed. Today, we're going to be looking at ways to gain efficiency through innovation with energy control systems, smart appliances, and renewables. Energy control systems Thermostats can be part of an energy control system. Right now, there are controllable thermostats available that you can put in place yourself, to replace your current one. These are linked to the wifi in your house and you can control them from anywhere in the world, using your phone. There are also more advanced systems available, where you can control everything else in your house as well. With that kind of system, you can set your house up with certain parameters that relate to the scenario that will best suit your lifestyle. Aspects of energy control Get-up mode can: ⦁ Turn on the lights. ⦁ Adjust your thermostat. ⦁ Automate your cof...

34 MINJAN 15
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Automations to Green Your Home

How to Create an Energy Efficient Home with Kim Owens

We have Kim Owens with us today. Kim is an energy auditor, so she goes to people's homes to give them an overview of ways to make their home more energy-efficient. Most of her suggestions are easy and economical to implement. And there are many benefits to creating an energy-efficient home. The way Kim works Typically, Kim contracts Precise Building Performance, the company that she works for, to create energy efficiency for her clients. Precise Building Performance usually contracts with all the utility companies. because most people in the state of Oklahoma get their energy efficiency through their utility company. Oklahoma is an energy state Oklahoma is truly an energy state- and it's not all about drilling for it! Driving down the streets of Oklahoma, one can see oil pumps with all the wind turbines in the background. There are also solar farms, and people find it very interesting to see just how much the utilities in Oklahoma are into energy audits. About energy audits Many peo...

34 MINJAN 8
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How to Create an Energy Efficient Home with Kim Owens

Home Detectives Can Help Create Your Green Home with Kellye Markowski

Today’s guest, Kellye Markowski, is a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project manager with Energy Smart Homes. Kellye works independently, which allows her to have an unbiased approach to finding out how to get a home to perform well. Kellye’s enthusiasm for helping clients and homeowners optimize the comfortability of their space, along with reducing costs, is genuine and powerful. She not only carries out a meticulous energy audit for each and every home but always delivers more than the client’s money’s worth. While every homeowner wants what’s best for their home and family, people often don’t know where to start, and that’s where Kellye comes in. Taking the Best Course of Action There are always multiple solutions to every problem. Kellye’s job is to help clients better understand and weight out the pros and cons to each method. Kellye’s go-to strategy consists of helping people recognize the benefits of each solution and what would make it a good ...

34 MINJAN 1
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Home Detectives Can Help Create Your Green Home with Kellye Markowski

Create a Cozy Winter Home with Essential Oils

My guest on today's Green Gab is Rhonda Flint, a wellness advocate with Young Living Essential Oils. Essential oils have been an incredible tool for Rhonda and her family to have healthy bodies, and bring wellness into their home. A new dimension with essential oils Before discovering essential oils, Rhonda didn't realize that many of the things that she brought into her home were affecting her family's health, their cognitive abilities, and their endocrine systems. Since she replaced those things with essential oils and established some dietary changes, her children no longer frequent the doctor's office nearly as often as they used to. Now, her goal is to help people to change their lifestyle and bring about healthier homes. An incredible wellness tool Essential oils are nothing new. People have been using them since biblical times. So, whether we ingest them, use them topically, or diffuse them, we're not introducing anything foreign to our bodies, and so our bodies know just wha...

35 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Create a Cozy Winter Home with Essential Oils

Latest Episodes

Running Your Home So It Doesn't Run You

If you take care of your home so that it will take care of you, you won't have to do as much to look after it. Everything you do to maintain your home will pay off in the long run and you won't end up having the big calamities and repairs that you would have to deal with if you did not care for your home properly.

36 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Running Your Home So It Doesn't Run You

Home Preservation Manuals with Steve Spratt

We all want a home that looks good and performs well. Today, Steve Spratt, of Home Preservation Services joins us. He is an expert in homeowner operations and maintenance and he has a fantastic website, called Home Preservation Manual. In today's episode, Steve will be giving us lots of great information about owning and maintaining a home, and all the responsibilities that go along with that. What motivates Steve The home represents some very important things that often tend to go unnoticed by the owners. And many people seem to take their homes for granted, and they don't take very good care of them. What a home represents Value. (It is a big investment.) A place of nurturing and re-energizing. Steve helps people to maximize the value and the nurturing aspects of their homes by showing them how to take better care of their homes. The service that Home Preservation Services provides Home Preservation Services does four visits to the home each year, and they provide a checklist of p...

31 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Home Preservation Manuals with Steve Spratt

Navigating Home Maintenance Without Driving Yourself Crazy

If you take care of your home so that it will take care of you, you won't have to do as much to look after it. Everything you do to maintain your home will pay off in the long run and you won't end up having the big calamities and repairs that you would have to deal with if you did not care for your home properly. The average home has about 75 different components in it that need to be tracked, so the thought of maintaining it can be a little overwhelming. And we do need to know how to take care of everything in the right way. As you take care of your home, you will have a great opportunity to up-level it. Take a moment It's worthwhile to take a moment to consider what you're going to use to repair, maintain, and replace your household components. You need to hold onto your user manuals because they can make your routine maintenance much quicker and easier. If you have lost a user manual, you will be able to find it easily online, on the manufacturer's website. Some tips to make thi...

38 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Navigating Home Maintenance Without Driving Yourself Crazy

Home Maintenance Checklists with Tina Gleisner

We have Tina Gleisner with us today, from Home Tips for Women. Home Tips for Women teaches women how to care for their homes and gain the confidence to maintain and effectively update their homes to become their dream home. Tina's content is different because she puts a lot of thought into organizing her information, to make it relatable. Dealing with mold It's astonishing how many people are dealing with mold in their homes, and in many cases, it's not being dealt with correctly. When you buy a home in Florida, you need to get a mold inspection as well as the regular home inspection because so many houses have mold. This is a good idea for everyone because if mold is left unchecked for years, the whole house could even have to be gutted as a lot of mold hides inside the wall cavities. Although most people are used to visible mold, a lot of invisible molds can also exist in a home. So if a house has been flooded, you typically have three to five days to get the house clean and dry t...

34 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Home Maintenance Checklists with Tina Gleisner

High Performance Green Home Upgrades That Won't Break the Bank

Matt Belcher works with Hibbs Homes and is well known in the green home world and as the author of Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line from NAHB Builderbooks. It was written for builders to incorporate green practices into building. Matt has been a long-standing champion of green home building, as well as a hero and mentor to Marla. “Rising tides raise all boats” – Matt. Pat Dodd of Dawson-Dodd Heating and Cooling – we heat and cool the impossible Dawson-Dodd will work installations many contractors will walk away from. Heating and cooling older homes and even homes which do not have ductwork is their specialty. They offer systems and installation which cool from the top down as well. Read more at The Green Home Coach Website! The Green Gab Podcast Links Bar: Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe via RSS Feed | Facebook Page | Twitter Page |Stitcher Page Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts: — Marla Esser Cloos on – The Web – Twitter – Facebook – ...

15 MINJAN 29
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High Performance Green Home Upgrades That Won't Break the Bank

The Truth About Green Product Labels

Living green, or sustainably, is about more than just saving on your electricity bill, and doing your bit to protect natural resources. It's about creating a safer and healthier lifestyle without having to compromise on style, quality, or budget. Today, Tony Pratt joins Marla once again, to talk about green labels. They will be explaining what green labels are, what they mean, and how to use them. What are green labels? Green labels are there to show us that there has been third-party certification for a product, an assembly, or even an entire building. They are proof that something has been certified, and truly is what it claims to be. If the third-party was not there, anyone would be able to do or say whatever they wanted to, about any product. Greenwashing The term 'greenwashing' was coined about ten years ago. It's used when someone thinks, or hopes, rather than knows, that a product is green. It is actually nothing more than marketing hype, or the misdirection of consumers beca...

35 MINJAN 22
Comments
The Truth About Green Product Labels

Automations to Green Your Home

There's a lot of talk about energy efficiency when it comes to green homes. Currently, there are many innovations available to make energy efficiency easier, controlled, or managed. Today, we're going to be looking at ways to gain efficiency through innovation with energy control systems, smart appliances, and renewables. Energy control systems Thermostats can be part of an energy control system. Right now, there are controllable thermostats available that you can put in place yourself, to replace your current one. These are linked to the wifi in your house and you can control them from anywhere in the world, using your phone. There are also more advanced systems available, where you can control everything else in your house as well. With that kind of system, you can set your house up with certain parameters that relate to the scenario that will best suit your lifestyle. Aspects of energy control Get-up mode can: ⦁ Turn on the lights. ⦁ Adjust your thermostat. ⦁ Automate your cof...

34 MINJAN 15
Comments
Automations to Green Your Home

How to Create an Energy Efficient Home with Kim Owens

We have Kim Owens with us today. Kim is an energy auditor, so she goes to people's homes to give them an overview of ways to make their home more energy-efficient. Most of her suggestions are easy and economical to implement. And there are many benefits to creating an energy-efficient home. The way Kim works Typically, Kim contracts Precise Building Performance, the company that she works for, to create energy efficiency for her clients. Precise Building Performance usually contracts with all the utility companies. because most people in the state of Oklahoma get their energy efficiency through their utility company. Oklahoma is an energy state Oklahoma is truly an energy state- and it's not all about drilling for it! Driving down the streets of Oklahoma, one can see oil pumps with all the wind turbines in the background. There are also solar farms, and people find it very interesting to see just how much the utilities in Oklahoma are into energy audits. About energy audits Many peo...

34 MINJAN 8
Comments
How to Create an Energy Efficient Home with Kim Owens

Home Detectives Can Help Create Your Green Home with Kellye Markowski

Today’s guest, Kellye Markowski, is a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project manager with Energy Smart Homes. Kellye works independently, which allows her to have an unbiased approach to finding out how to get a home to perform well. Kellye’s enthusiasm for helping clients and homeowners optimize the comfortability of their space, along with reducing costs, is genuine and powerful. She not only carries out a meticulous energy audit for each and every home but always delivers more than the client’s money’s worth. While every homeowner wants what’s best for their home and family, people often don’t know where to start, and that’s where Kellye comes in. Taking the Best Course of Action There are always multiple solutions to every problem. Kellye’s job is to help clients better understand and weight out the pros and cons to each method. Kellye’s go-to strategy consists of helping people recognize the benefits of each solution and what would make it a good ...

34 MINJAN 1
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Home Detectives Can Help Create Your Green Home with Kellye Markowski

Create a Cozy Winter Home with Essential Oils

My guest on today's Green Gab is Rhonda Flint, a wellness advocate with Young Living Essential Oils. Essential oils have been an incredible tool for Rhonda and her family to have healthy bodies, and bring wellness into their home. A new dimension with essential oils Before discovering essential oils, Rhonda didn't realize that many of the things that she brought into her home were affecting her family's health, their cognitive abilities, and their endocrine systems. Since she replaced those things with essential oils and established some dietary changes, her children no longer frequent the doctor's office nearly as often as they used to. Now, her goal is to help people to change their lifestyle and bring about healthier homes. An incredible wellness tool Essential oils are nothing new. People have been using them since biblical times. So, whether we ingest them, use them topically, or diffuse them, we're not introducing anything foreign to our bodies, and so our bodies know just wha...

35 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Create a Cozy Winter Home with Essential Oils
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