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Living In A GREEN House


What makes Real Estate a GREEN issue?  Well, homes in the United States are responsible for 21% of our nation's greenhouse gas emissions.  The homes we live in, buy, and sell all have a significant impact on our environment.  The California Association of Realtors has become a more environmentally friendly organization and so has SandCastles Postcard Perfect Properties.  We do our part by taking steps towards completely paperless transactions using Relay, a transaction management system.We also offer green services and directories to our clients so that they may make responsible choices while moving.  "Going Green" should be done one step at a time.  Do what you can at first and then build on it later.

After attending the "Live Simply So Others Can Simply Live" seminar by Ed Begley Jr. at the 2008 California Association of Realtors Expo we learned that the road to a greener world should be achieved without feeling burdened, compromised, or overwhelmed.  He talked about taking small steps toward making a positive difference for the environment and by doing that you will actually save money in the process.  So the message is "go green to save green".  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household spends $1,900 each year on energy costs.  About half of that covers heating and cooling; the rest goes to lighting, appliances and home electronics. 

Living by the beach it is easy to see the fast effects of treating our neighborhood poorly.  There are thousands of eco-friendly products and services on the market now that can help you make the moving process a green one.  Did you know that you can hire green movers?  There is a company that can pack your things in rented reusable moving boxes and deliver your belongings to your new home in a biodiesel truck.  Reducing your carbon footprint and eliminating the moving day headache all at the same time.

The number one way to reduce your utility bills and confirm that your home is on the path being green is to take a Home Energy Audit.  Hire a professional to go through your home top to bottom and let you know exactly what needs to be adjusted.  The most common and simple of fixes often includes repairing or installing weather stripping, installing low flow showerheads, and changing out all of your lights with compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Larger projects may include installing solar panels and or updating your homes thermostat system with an Energy Star certified Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER) rated HVAC system.

Are you thinking about remodeling your home?  Did you know that you could repurpose your old kitchen or bath and get paid for it?  Instead of demolishing your current space consider Deconstruction.  A deconstruction company will pay to reuse your old building materials in someone else's home thereby saving you significant dollars while not unnecessarily contributing to more waste to our landfills.

Other ways to green your life include using nontoxic paint, green furniture, smart irrigation systems, low-e windows, and reclaimed wood.  Have you thought about cleaning green?  Try using non-toxic cleaning products or hiring a green maid.

We would be happy to provide you with green services referrals.  Contact us today.  Reuse, Reduce, & Recycle.

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