Love Your Home & Your Planet: 10 Ways To Go Green

world map no. 6 Jessica IllustrationWe love all things eco-friendly here at DC Home Buzz. With the new go green movement, its easier than ever to find eco friendly products and ideas. Sure, you can turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and turn off lights when you leave a room (which is great if you already have a habit of doing these things), but there are other little things you could do as well. Here are a few of our favorite easy ways to make your home and your daily routine more green.

1. Switch up your household cleaners

We all tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to the household cleaners we buy. You might also think that more natural products won’t leave your counters as clean as the common strong-smelling household cleaner. Of course, many of these typical household cleaners have some pretty harmful chemicals, which is why the strong smell of ammonia lingers after you wipe down your windows or countertops. The truth is, the right brand of the more natural products can clean your counters just as well as any other cleaner. Sun and Earth was rated #1 green cleaner by Good Housekeeping, and you can buy it here. We also personally recommend Green Works by Clorox, which can easily be found at many major stores.

2. Recycle dead batteries

Realistically, you shouldn’t put anything in the garbage that you wouldn’t want in the food you eat, the water you drink, or the air you breathe. Heavy metals and corrosive acids found in batteries are definitely objects you wouldn’t want in any of those things. Instead of stashing dead batteries in the bottom of your garbage, you can drop them (and any other harmful products you aren’t sure how to dispose) off at Whole Foods.

3.  Skip the plastic and go fabric

Plastic store bags take years to decompose when they are disposed of properly. When they aren’t, they can pollute waterways, clog up sewers, and harm the habitats of poor little dolphins and other ocean creatures.  Many stores now even charge people for these, costing you more money. Not to mention, they are also notorious for breaking. Its never fun when a box of Froot Loops tears a hole at the bottom of your bag and your recently bought groceries scatter all over the street or tumble down your apartment stairs. So simply put, plastic bags are just all around bad for everyone. Fabric shopping bags are the way to go. Many major stores already sell these at a very low cost. ChicoBag offers a variety of reusable bags as well. If you are the person who always forgets the bags at home, you can buy compact bags like these ones to tuck away in your purse.

4. Turn on those energy efficient lightbulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. So they last longer and cost you less money, and are better for the environment. Its a win-win situation.

5. Make your own oxygen

In science 101 we all learned (but probably forgot) that plants absorb toxic gases like Co2 and give off good, essential gasses like oxygen. So why not supply your space with some great smells and clean oxygen?! Decorate your home with some real plants. You don’t need a green thumb to maintain a nice Fiddleleaf Fig and these other low-maintenance plants. And of course build your own garden. Big yard, small yard, or no yard, anyone can have their own personal garden. Click here for some small space gardening ideas.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 5

 

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The Fourth of July weekend is finally here! Celebrate our nation’s birthday during these events.

Friday, July 4th:

For early starters: Start the party early at Tow Tavern’s annual Red, White & Booze Independence Day Party. They are opening at noon with drink and food specials lasting all day.

For BeerBQ lovers: Witness a BeerBQ Brewery battle at City Tap House starting at 12:00 pm.  For just $10 you can enjoy BBQ favorites prepared by representatives from 3 Stars Brewing Company and Evolution Craft Brewing Company along with City Tap House’s house-made sides including potato salad, coleslaw and watermelon. Guests are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite BBQ, and a winner will be named at 5 PM. Additionally, there will be a corn hole tournament in on their patio all afternoon. Check out more info here.

For the all nighters: Party to the break of dawn this Friday at any of these bars. They all have permission to remain open until 4:00 am to celebrate the 4th.

… and of course it isn’t the 4th of July without the fireworks! Watch the show in style at the Washington Hilton’s Fireworks Viewing Party. Enjoy food, drinks, face painting, a DJ and more. Tickets are $29 for adults and $14.75 for children.

Saturday, July 5th:

Try out DC MEET Market for a Summer Cookout Party from 11am – 5pm in Logan Circle. They will be featuring Korean-style BBQ from Kingston Seoul, gelato from Dolcezza, and handcrafted root beer from Thunder Beast. They’ll also have live music and 40 plus vendors selling their unique goods. Click here for more info.

Sunday, July 6th:

Every Sunday, Firefly restaurant will offer ½ priced bottles for featured regional wines hand selected by Firefly’s Bar Manager Jon Harris. The summer celebration of wine will take guests on a “tour across the country” of various wines. This coming Sunday, Firefly will celebrate the American holiday weekend with traditional grapes grown in Virginia such as Cabernet Franc from vineyards like Jefferson Vineyards—no better way to celebrate America with wines made to honor the father of VA wines! Check out more about the Summer Wine Road Trip here.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 4

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Get your July 4th weekend preparation done ahead of time so you can go out and enjoy any of these great events coming up this weekend:

Friday, June 27th:

For the gardening geeks: Dust off your green thumbs and check out a free gardening demonstration in Farragut Square park. Celebrity gardener Ahmed Hassan will be there to rescue DC plants, trees and front yards from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Ahmed will  give advice about how to keep the outdoors golden without over- or under-watering. He will provide advice about the best plants for our region as well as the ideal time to water. Check out more info here.

For the jazz cat: The annual DC Jazz Festival has been going on all week. If you still want to get in on the action, check out Ginger Baker’s performance of the works of jazz greats, like Thelonius Monk and Sonny Rollins, and his originals at The Howard Theatre. Event begins at 8:00 pm and tickets range from $42.50 to $80.

Saturday, June 28th:

For the glam-gal: Glamour magazine is launching #GlamourDateNight, a nationwide campaign aimed at inspiring all women, whether they are single or in a relationship, to bring back the date this Saturday. Kicking off with the July issue and at Glamour.com/date-night, #GlamourDateNight is a multi-faceted campaign consisting of exclusive deals with national and local DC restaurants, beauty bars, a fashion website, and dating services, plus original in-book, online, and social media content geared toward all things dating, from fashion and beauty to etiquette. In the DC area, exclusive deals are available at all three area locations of ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, so enjoy a nice Saturday date night there.

For the 90s kids: Reminisce on teenage memories as you ‘get jiggy with it’ at the No Scrubs: 90s Dance Party. This years party takes place at the 9:30 Club on U Street Corridor. Tickets cost $15.

Sunday, June 29th:

For the cultural bunch: Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival is here again. The annual festival features exhibits, crafts, performances, and food from select cultures. China and Kenya are this year’s chosen countries, so prepare to learn the ancient art of paper cutting, dance to live drum concerts, listen to operatic performers from China, and meet Kenyan Olympians. This free event takes place at the National Mall from 11:00am-5:30pm.

For the yoga guru: Get some peace of mind at East Meets West Yoga Center in Tysons Corner with a yoga workshop from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This workshop teaches you to balance your chakras with yoga, breath work, and savasana followed by meditation. This is all free with a $15 suggested donation.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 3

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We are all pretty happy that the weekend forecast is slightly cooler than this week has been, and with Saturday being the longest day of the year, you’ll have extra time to enjoy it. There are plenty of great events going on this weekend, which makes us even happier. Here’s a few things we suggest you do in DC this weekend:

Friday, June 20th:

For the musically inclined: Jazz in the Garden is a free concert series featuring an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk, from 5pm to 8:30pm at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Great music and beautiful scenery, what more could you need?

For the party people: Check out Republic Kitchen & Bar’s grand opening in Arlington at 9pm. Drink specials include $2.50 Miller Lights, $3 glasses of champagne, and an appetizing assortment of foods made with all fresh, local ingredients.

For you fit eaters: Test your athletic and eating abilities at this years Fit Foodie 5K Race this Friday. For $55, you can join celebrity chefs, fitness bootcamps, yoga instructors and more! Win or lose, you leave full! More information here.

Saturday, June 21st:

For the wine/food junkie: Try out Alexandria’s Annual Food and Wine Festival. Festivities go on from 12pm-5pm the Old Town Alexandria’s Carlyle District. Enjoy delectable bites and delicious wines along with live entertainment, children’s corner, and local vendors. Attendees will be able to sample food and wine from a variety of local restaurants and Virginia’s wineries with a purchase of a ticket.

For the bar-crawler: Barred in DC is hosting yet another free bar crawl from 2:30pm-8pm. They will be traveling on the 70 Metrobus (Georgia Ave.-7th St. Line). The bar tour starts off in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, go up to Shaw, make a quick stop in Columbia Heights, and conclude in Petworth/Park View. You’ll be able to catch bits of the two world cup games at each stop and enjoy drink specials in their honor. (Germany-Ghana at 3p, Nigeria-Bosnia at 6p). Check out the details here.

For the international cinema and music lover: The French Embassy will be opening its doors to host “Fete De La Musique”, a free event starting at 7pm dedicated to music and film. Live performances by David Lewin and Magnetix with an outdoor Ciné-Concert, Sherlock Jr. will create a fabulous musical atmosphere. The film will only be shown exclusively at LA Film Fest and Washington, DC, so click here for reservation and event details.  

For the free concert goer: Union Kitchen and DCist.com are hosting a live concert at the Lot at Atlantic Plumbing (945 Florida Avenue NW). With a happy hour from 5pm-7pm sponsored by Metro Mutts, how could you go wrong? The concert itself will start at 7pm and feature rapper Ras Nebyu, electro-pop duo Circle Pleasures and ACME. The concert will end at 10pm so be sure to find out more here. 

Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, 22nd:

For the pig in all of us: The 22nd Annual Safeway BBQ Battle will be huge and smothered in your favorite sauces! This may just be what heaven looks like for any die hard BBQ fan, with the Safeway National BBQ Championship and a whole boulevard of free samples and world class BBQ. Located on Historic Pennsylvania Av. between 9th and 14th st., from Saturday, 11am-9pm and Sunday, 11am-7:30pm you can experience all the finger licking goodness and support your BBQ addiction. Click here for more details and ticket prices. 

For the documentary fiend:  Do you prefer real people in real movies? The then the documentary film lifestyle is for you! The AFI Film festival offers over 50 documentaries that are sure to shake up your normal viewing habits. The films rage from a documentary about Big Bird’s actor, illegal immigrants, government spies to an Obama impersonator. You get the idea. Check out the schedule here.

Sunday, June 22nd:

For all of our fellow countrymen: USA, USA, USA! Cheer on your country at the World Cup as the US plays Portugal at 6pm. If you didn’t catch the exciting victory against Ghana, you’ll definitely not want to miss out this time. The Capital Lounge is serving free shots of Jack Daniels every time the US scores

Open House This Sunday: 509 Seward Square SE

 

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Please join us on Sunday, June 15th 2pm-4pm, for our open house at 509 Seward Square SE, in the heart of Capitol Hill!

Situated in the heart of Capitol Hill, this four bedroom and three and a half bathroom home truly has it all. Open living space, perfect for entertaining with a fireplace and full dining area. The kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry. Enjoy the deck and impressive backyard, perfect for summer parties. Head upstairs to find the master suite with private bathroom and deck, along with two other bedrooms and a bathroom. The property also includes a one bedroom rental unit, complete with a washer and dryer, dual, separate entries and a secure, locked bike storage. Offered at $1,239,000.

When: Sunday, June 15th 2pm-4pm

Where: 509 Seward Square SE

Property Details: www.dchomebuzz.com/listings/509sewardsquarese-2/

For more information please contact the agent, Rob Williams, at rob@dchomebuzz.com.

 

Freecycle Fete Wrap-Up

 

Last Sunday, we hosted the second annual Freecycle Fete. The weather was perfect for this free community event. There was great music, a talented caricature artist, and tons of free goodies to win. Congratulations to our lucky winners of the raffle ticket drawing.

Special thanks to The Coupe for sponsoring the gift cards for this fantastic event!

 

About DC Home Buzz: 

DC Home Buzz is a boutique real estate brokerage firm located in the heart of the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. With over 25 years of combined experience working in the DC, MD and VA real estate markets, the small but mighty DC Home Buzz team prides itself on being a community resource, educating prospective sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants.

Learn about how we’re saving homeowners thousands when they sell, with Full Service, Flat Fee

Learn how you can purchase a home for $0 down 

What You Should Do In DC this Weekend: Vol. 2

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Father’s Day Weekend is here! We are extra excited about it considering the mostly rain-free forecast. There’s a ton of fun events going on to commemorate all of those great dads out there, so here’s a few that we recommend:

For the history buff:

Spend a little time on Father’s Day weekend with the father of our Nation! June 14-15th General Washington will be greeting visitors and posing for photographs at Mount Vernon.

For the ‘All-American’ dad:

What’s more Father’s Day-esque than beer and BBQ?! Enjoy live music, beer tastings, and BBQ at Atlas Brew Works’ Brewskies and BBQ this Saturday.

For the sports enthusiast:

Watch the world cup at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. June 13th they are featuring a FIFA Happy Hour until 7:30 pm. And then of course you can’t forget to catch the National’s game on Sunday.

Did our calendar help you plan your weekend? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

Win 2 FREE Tickets to Bark Ball!

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*UPDATE: We’re pushing back the contest end date to June 12th at 12:00pm*


Were you thinking of attending upcoming Bark Ball? Well, here’s your chance to go for free!

Step 1: ”Like” us on Facebook.

Step 2: From our Facebook page, send us a private message of a picture of your pet or a pet you’d like to adopt with a caption about how great they are.

Step 3: Once you get a confirmation message, go to the the official contest photo album here.  Tag yourself in the photo and tell your friends to “like” the photo of your pet within the album on our page. We’re only going to be counting the likes that we can see, so this is important!

Step 4: The photo that has the most likes  by June 12th at 12:00pm , wins! In the case of a tie, we’ll user a randomizer to pick which pet and owner will win the tickets.  The winner will be announced on June 13th at 12:00pm.

About Bark Ball: 

“The Washington Humane Society’s 27th annual black-tie gala will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Washington Hilton. This event is the only black-tie event where movers and shakers of Washington DC can bring their canine companions as their dates. The Bark Ball draws many of the area’s most illustrious residents and their four-legged friends, all in honor of the programs and services of the Washington Humane Society. The guest list always includes leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds.”

Find the complete list of rules, here. If you have any questions, please email them to us at krysten@dchomebuzz.com.

Good luck, 

The DC Home Buzz Team


P.S. Don’t forget to RSVP for Freecycle Fete! Get and give free stuff, this Sunday, June 8th from 12pm-2pm. RSVP here.

 

Good luck!

About DC Home Buzz: 

DC Home Buzz is a boutique real estate brokerage firm located in the heart of the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. With over 25 years of combined experience working in the DC, MD and VA real estate markets, the small but mighty DC Home Buzz team prides itself on being a community resource, educating prospective sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants.

Learn about how we’re saving homeowners thousands when they sell, with Full Service, Flat Fee

Learn how you can purchase a home for $0 down 

 

Open Houses this Weekend: Three bedroom detached in 16th St Heights + Harvard Loft (Reduced)

We have TWO Open Houses this weekend. Check out the details below.

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Please join us on Sunday, June 1st from 2:00pm-4:00pm, for our open house at 1355 Montague Street NW!

FABULOUS opportunity! Spacious, detached home in sought-after 16th Street Heights. Features beautiful front porch, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace & classic Victorian detail. HUGE backyard with 2-3 parking spaces. Dual-Zone, Central Air Condition. Unfinished basement has tons of potential for additional living space. Easy plumbing for addition of master bath if desired. Offered at $629,000.

Date: Sunday, June 1st

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Where: 1355 Montague Street NW

Info: http://www.dchomebuzz.com/listings/1355montaguestreetnw/

For any questions or for more information please contact the agent, Rob Williams, at rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

 

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What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 1

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After months of unpredictable weather, summertime is finally here!  Here’s a list of a few exciting things you could DOinDC this weekend for all individual interests:

For the animal lover:

This isn’t technically an event, per say, but a relaxing day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is always a great weekend activity. Plus, its FREE.

For the foodie:

Try out a new restaurant this weekend! We love this new Travel Cities App from the Travel Channel. Check out the ‘Where to Eat’ tab. It lists a diverse assortment of some DC favorites.

For the wine connoisseur:

Did you say vino?! If you adore wine, you’ll want to be at the Great Tastes of Tyson’s starting this Saturday. The festival includes over 150 international wines, spirits, and beer, along with many award winning super star chef talent.

For the eco-friendly:

We love the new movement of going green. This upcoming Green Festival at the Washington Convention center features green fashion products and info, a sustainable wine and beer garden, and other planet-friendly must sees. Get more information here.

This one also follows the eco trend. If you like bicycling and beer, Tour de Fat this Saturday is for you.

For the “Monuments Men” (or women):

DC monuments are beautiful representations of the city, and the Washington Monument is no exception. While you may be used to seeing this beautiful obelisk, its been almost 3 years since we have been able to venture up to the top of the 555-ft marble tower. So why not give it a go?! Extra kudos if you decide to skip the elevator and opt for the 898 stairs.

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