Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to meet with Lisa Ard, owner of eco-guides, to review their home consulting service.
eco-Guides offers personalized, in-home consultations that identify and outline environmentally-friendly products and practices that fit the homeowner’s lifestyle in the Portland Metro area. Eco-Guides is tailored to your home and your lifestyle. They partner with local agencies, water bureaus and service companies to make all that is available in the Metro area accessible. Their aim is to make it simple for homeowners to do the right thing for the environment.
At first, I was a bit intimidated. I would really like to “be green,” but some of the elitism and extremism of the green movement has turned me off a bit. And honestly, it just seems like a lot of time and work. I also had to fight the urge to hide all our plastic toys and stockpiled boxed food before Lisa arrived.
Lisa conducted the waste reduction visit, the first of their typical three visits. I was thrilled with Lisa’s laid back and inviting approach to me as the homeowner. I never felt evaluated. Lisa made “going green” simple, understandable and comfortable for me. And our visit was tailored to my interests and where I was on my “path to sustainable living.” And she didn’t even make me feel bad about using disposable diapers or ask to see my pantry.
:: The personalized service. Lisa gave me a notebook with information that was created especially for my home. It included information on waste reduction and exactly what I could do to save money on my garbage bill and to eliminate unwanted stuff–junk mail, credit card offers, etc. So user-friendly. I love that I don’t have to hunt this information down on my own.
:: Specific, usable information. Lisa caught on to my interest, specifically in plastics recycling and composting, and let that guide our discussion. She explained composting until I understood it (which took awhile). I now feel like I can start composting, which as been one of my recent goals. She even brought in a big bag filled with plastic items to show me exactly what I can recycle and where I can recycle it. I love visual aids. Plus she gave me a Chico reusable shopping bag.
:: Follow-up. Lisa followed up with me by email with additional resources and encouragement.
:: It does cost money. You are paying an expert to give you personalized information that makes your life easier. I suppose it’s like taking care of your yard: you could do it yourself or you could pay someone to do it for you. I hate yard work…
:: It may be redundant for some. If you are already passionate about recycling, energy conservation and other things green, you may not need this service.
In conclusion, eco-Guides provides a fabulous service for those interested in making environmentally responsible choices while saving some money but don’t know where to start. They do the research and deliver the recommendations, which is especially helpful for people like me–I’m interested in making good choices and not being wasteful but I’m just not passionate about it. Just tell me what to do and how to do it. And eco-Guides did just that.
Head on over to eco-Guides to read more about their services. You should also stop by their blog–great suggestions about green living. They are currently offering a 10% discount on their three-visit consultation package.
A final thought: Not all my reviews of products and services are going to be this glowing. eco-Guide‘s service is just this impressive. I cannot recommend them enough.
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