Category Archives: Green Tips

All about the “Big Move” on today’s show with Redwood Moving and Storage

Whether moving across town, across the country…or across the world, the level of stress can be the same. Your moving company should ease that stress…not add to it.  So, it’s important to pick the right one. Redwood moving is a local, family owned company with a great reputation , a super clean facility, and a friendly, professional staff.  They offer in home evaluations and advice, as well as  “not to exceed” estimates.

If you just have some “stuff” to store for a couple of months…or longer, their clean, and dry storage facility is impressive.  From one piece of furniture to a whole house full.  It’s a great alternative to self-storage.

Their community involvement includes;

Their free eWaste program which  takes in unwanted electronics, keeping them out of the landfills. Funds raised from this program go to local scholarships and the special Olympics.

They also facilitate the donation of any food items that might otherwise be thrown out during a move.  Collected foods are delivered to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Kudos to Redwood Moving and Storage for recognizing an opportunity and creating a useful solution to fill a need that benefits many. .

 

90 Energy Upgrades await you Freezing Sonoma County Homeowners! County Financed!

90 Energy Upgrades can be financed through Sonoma County!

Click on the Facebook icon immediately following this sentence and check out their page and make sure you LIKE THEM! Get more information on energy upgrades and how the County of Sonoma can make this happen for you!

 

 

Energy Upgrade California–Thousands $$$ in Rebates available! Today’s Show–Making your home Energy WISE!

January 22, Sunday, here in Sonoma County, California–we have Chris Cone of Sonoma County Community Climate Action Plan plus our old friend, John Sutter of Applied Building Sciences (ABS), Building Performance Contractor AND John Shipman also an approved contractor AND trainer for the “Green Building” class taught to Realtors/Agents. We’ll be ALL OVER the California Energy Upgrade program and explore what is available to the homeowner to upgrade to a seriously energy efficient home! Thousands of dollars are available for rebates plus cheap money available through the SCEIP program and approved lenders up to $25,000! Give us a call at: 707-636-1350 between 9 and 10am PST!

Above left to right:Chris Cone, John Shipman & John Sutter .

View fellow Californians as they DISCUSS energy upgrades. Click here for VIDEO! If you wish information on the Climate Protection Campaign visit their website:   http://www.climateprotectioncampaign.org/

 

HERS Energy Rating, Energy Audit, Energy Retrofit…SCEIP…what does it all mean??

Tune in Sunday 11/27/2011 ~ 9-10AM , 1350AM KSRO; www.KSRO.com, as John Sutter of Applied Building Science joins us again to explain

                                              

BIO: John Sutter, Applied Building Science (ABS Northbay)

Applied Building Science is the North Bay’s premier building performance contractor.  We assess, repair, replace, and correct building defects to enhance the comfort, healthfulness, durability, and energy efficiency of our client’s homes and businesses.

Among the services we offer are audits and assessments, air sealing, window replacement, insulation enhancement, crawlspace sealing, appliance replacement, furnace replacement, duct design and replacement, solar electricity and water heating, ventilation enhancements, and air conditioning upgrades.  We are also a full service remodeling contractor.

We are also proud to be an authorized PG&E Energy Partners weatherization contractor, and a dealer for the most energy efficient windows made in America, Serious Windows.

Among our many certifications are Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, CHEERS Whole House HERS rater, BPI certified building analysts, and California Building Performance Contractors Association contractor.

To find our how ABS can improve the comfort, healthfulness, and efficiency of your home while reducing greenhouse gas emissions please contact us at:

Office:  707.528.3468   Fax:  707.528.3433  Email:  info@absnorthbay.com

1350 Central Ave. #6, Santa Rosa, CA  95401

What is a Home Energy Rating?

A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index.

Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index for the home.

Unlike a Building Performance Audit or a weatherization assessment, a home energy rating is a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. Since a rating quantifies the energy performance of a home, the HERS Index provides an easily understandable means to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes.

 

 

 

 

Winter’s Coming. Before spending precious dollars on improvements, know WHAT you really need in the way of energy smart improvements.

John Sutter of Applied Building Science is our featured guest today. We’ll discuss the best way to winterize your home, Energy Audits (updated 2011 information), the SCIEP (Sonoma County Energy Independence Program) plus the HERS rating system. Follow THIS LINK for a downloadable color booklet ON the HERS rating system. As they say, “You wouldn’t buy a new car without knowing its “miles per gallon” rating. So why buy a home without a “home energy rating?”

If you would like a HERS energy audit give John Sutter a call. No sense in spending precious dollars on improvements without knowing WHAT you really need in the way of energy smart improvements. John can give you a complete plan: 707-528-3468 or direct: 707-703-5244  jsutter@absnorthbay.com

Green Homes Tour! Sunday-Oct 2nd 10am to 4pm-Santa Rosa Showcasing ways to save Energy!

Santa Rosa, California-NOT a Real Estate Open House but homes showcasing ways to save energy through the use of solar applications, recycle building materials, rain water storage–PERMACULTURE would be the ultimate form of this. The Real Estate Hour guests this morning will be Dori Estrella from SCEIP and Julie Carlton from the City of Santa Rosa. Our “Green” year continues!

We also will be talking with Dori Estrella regarding recent litigation on the validity of the Property Assessed Clean Energy  or PACE programs. Seems to be good news on that front as well. Here’s a video explaining the tour from the City of Santa Rosa:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC26WradEic

Green Homes Tour on October 2nd!

A Green Homes Tour hosted by the City of Santa Rosa’s Clean Energy Advocates and Solar Sonoma County will be held on October 2, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will showcase a variety of Santa Rosa homes that have implemented measures like recycled building materials, installed solar panels to generate electricity, and rainwater harvesting systems. This tour is part of the National Solar Homes Tour which takes place in communities throughout the country each year and attracted over 150,000 people in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico in 2010.

The selected homes will be open for the public to tour in an effort to help the residents find ways to save energy and improve their own homes. Representatives and local experts from different community “green” organizations such as Solar Sonoma County, Energy Upgrade California, PG&E and the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program will be present during the tour to discuss questions on rebates, how to find a contractor and more!

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Time: 10am – 4pm
Tour begins at: 1832 Honeysuckle Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (Look for signs to Meritage Homes)
Continue reading Green Homes Tour! Sunday-Oct 2nd 10am to 4pm-Santa Rosa Showcasing ways to save Energy!

Donate to the “Tree-A-Thon” for the Laguna De Santa Rosa restoration!

The Tree-A-Thon is a “Win Win!”

We are restoring riparian forest on Irwin Creek just upstream from where it empties into the Laguna and at the same time raising needed funds to support our programs.  Restoring riparian forests increases wildlife habitat, improves water quality and temperature, and mitigates global climate change.  Your donation will support not only this Restoration Program event but our Education and Conservation Science programs as well.

 Ready to Donate to the Tree-A-Thon?

It is easy.  You can go to our Firstgiving Page and donate directly to the Tree-A-Thon or you can sponsor one our great fundraisers.  Go to:   http://www.firstgiving.com/32164

 Or go to our main donation page and select Tree-A-Thon from the program list: donate now

Prefer the US Mail?  Just fill out and complete the  Pledge Card and mail it in.

  Thanks again.

  David Bannister, Executive Director

(707) 527-9277 ext. 103  david@lagunafoundation.org  

The Heart of the Tree
by Henry Cuyler Bunner (verse three)

What does he plant who plants a tree?          
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good —
His blessing on the neighborhood
Who in the hollow of His hand
Holds all the growth of all our land —
A nation’s growth from sea to sea
Stirs in his heart who plants a tree.

 

Today’s Show! Laguna Foundation–David Bannister on why we need to preseve the Laguna De Santa Rosa!

Below is from a series of emails I’ve had with David Bannister, our guest today on the Real Estate Hour, as we delve into the large eco-system many of us just call “the laguna”. Over 250 square miles, this vital eco-system provides flood control and supports a diverse, intricate eco-system of wetlands, forests and all sorts of winged creatures big and small plus many a critter! I’ll let David give us a thorough explanation of one of Sonoma  County’s Natural Resources!  We will be talking about their annual “Tree-a-Thon” where hundreds of trees are planted to aid in the restoration of the Laguna. To make a DONATION click HERE!

Today, thanks to the efforts of the Laguna Foundation and others, people are starting to realize that the “purposes” the Laguna has been put to over the last 160 years by humans are not the only purposes of an ecosystem. We try to make people realize that natural systems like the Laguna provide a  host of ecosystem services to humans:

  • Flood protection-It is estimate that the 1964 Guerneville flood would have been 40 feet higher if not for the Laguna holding water back and releasing it slowly to the Russian.
  • Carbon sequestration in riparian forests  –Hence the Treeathon? Let’s also make sure we explain these concepts in listener friendly terms! But I find this very intriguing that this great bio-mass called the Laguna, in a very healthy state, would aid in slowing global warming.
  • Natural beauty and the ecotourism that follows—What are all those cars doing parked there? I never see anyone but the cars are always around the bridge? Docent led trips? Fisherman?
  • Wildlife habitat and some of that wildlife becomes food sources- Salmon/steelhead, deer, waterfowl, etc. Is the CTS in this mix? Continue reading Today’s Show! Laguna Foundation–David Bannister on why we need to preseve the Laguna De Santa Rosa!