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3 GREEN ideas for 2010

Some quick tips for how to get organized and add some green and sustainable practices to your life.

  1. Invest in a reusable water bottle….saves so many plastic bottles, and space in your kitchen for the palletes of water bottles.

  2. Reduce your paper billing – whenever you get the chance to pay bills online- do so!

  3. Bring your lunch to work and use washable/reuseable containers to cut down on wasteful disposable packaging!!!

  4. When looking to buy or rent San Francisco Real Estate, think and look for GREEN properties, and detail with your Realtor, Landlord and anyone involved on how to make the property more sustainable!

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Installation of a Carbon Monoxide Detector Suggested

Carbon Monoxide injuries and fatalities occur most often during the winter months.  Unlike natural gas, carbon monoxide has no smell and is virtually undetectable.  Closed windows limit fresh air circulation so that the danger of carbon monoxide poising is greatest.

Possible sources of that poinsoning are from gas burning appliances such as ranges, ovens, waterheaters, furnaces, etc. Malfunctioning gas burners, defective appliance flues or a damaged furnace are all conditions which can allow carbon monoxide to enter the living space.

Another common source of carbon monoxide entry is from either an improperly lit fireplace or a chimney with inadequate draft.  This could be caused from improperly lighting a fire, a partially opened damper or clogged chimney flue.

The symptoms vary from very mild (headaches, drowsiness, joint aches, dizziness) to extreme (flu-like symptoms, severe headaches, difficulty breathing, allergy symptoms, nausea). Depending on the level and length of exposure, carbon monoxide is lethal.  Carbon monoxide detectors (similar in design to a standard smoke detector) are readily available (drug stores, hardware stores,  home improvement stores) and cost under twenty-five dollars.  They are designed to sound a loud alarm when measuring any low level condition of carbon monxide.

In the City of San Francisco an Energy and Water inspection is mandated before the roperty can transfer.  During this inspection, the number, placement and effectiveness of smoke detectors are inspected, corrected and/or installed.  This is a perfect opportunity to ask for a carbon monoxide detector or the combination smoke and carbon momxide detector to be installed.  It may reflect a slightly higher cost for the Buyer or Seller but will be well worth the addition of an important detector that could save lives.  OR make sure that you update all of your current smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and go ahead and install them yourself – TODAY!!!

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Fantastic GREEN Links and Lots of them

Here is a great list of links to check out regarding all things GREEN that you might think of including, GREEN building, energy, tips, walkability, water, land use, design, recycling, interior designers, shopping, conservation, fuel efficiencyand more.

Carbon Footprint Calculators:  www.earthlab.com, www.conservation.org, www.carbonfund.org

American Wind Energy Association Source:  www.awea.org

National Wildlife Foundation provides an online water caluclator:  www.nwf.org/water/watercalculator

Center for Neighborhood Technology indexing tool: www.cnt.org

SustainLane index: www.sustainlane.com

Yale Envirnmental Performance Index: http://epi.yale.edu

What Causes Sprawl, National Center for Policy Analysis 2003:  www.ncpa.org

Walkability Scores: www.walkscore.com

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov

ENERGY STAR:  www.energystar.gov

Residential Services Network (RESNET) HErs SCORE: WWW.RESNET.US

American Society of Interior Designer, Inc., REGREEN Guidelines 2008 & case studies: www.regreenprogram.org

US Dept. of Energy: www.energy.gov

Alameda County Waste Management Authority & Source Reduction and Recylcling board, Home Remodeling Green Guidelines:  www.stopwaste.org

2007 “The Green Homeowner, Attitudes, Preferences for Remodeling & Buying Green Homes”: www.construction.com

Forest Stewardship Council: www.fscus.org

Green Seal: www.greenseal.org

Whole building Design guide: www.wbdg.org

National Association of Home builders: www.nahb.org

Model Green Home Building Guidelines:  www.nahb.org

Health House Builder Guidelines:  www.healthhouse.org/build

Residential Building Diagnostic tools: www.toolbase.org

American Institute of Architects “Walk the Walk campagian: www.aia.org/walkthewalk

Green Products: www.greenseal.org/findaproduct

Bean Products-Thrash Cans and other cool products: www.beanproducts.com

Green Janitorial supplies:  www.greenearthofficesupply.com

Recycle Info:  www.freecycle.com

Video, The Story of Stuff:  www.storyof stuff.com

California Dept. of Conservation: www.conservation.ca.gov

Energy Star fact sheet: www.doityourself.com/stry/energy-star-fact-sheet

Fuel Efficiency: www.fueleconomy.gov

C oming soon – a review and blurb about my website reccommendations!  I’d say this a good start though, happy browsing!

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Search San Francisco OPEN HOMES Right Now!!!

OPEN Homes Website!!!

OPEN Homes Website!!!

You can click right here and search for any type of property that is being shown as an OPEN HOUSE in San Francisco.  Call me, Erika Burke, Realtor, GREEN TODAY! at 415-279-1135, for more details about the properties, disclosure packages, Buyers Packages, Sellers Market Analysis,  and to strategize to make sure your sale or home purchase is a complete success.
This application has been created and promoted by the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and is the official place to search for available properties to view in the City.
When you are looking for GREEN homes, keep checking here for blog posts under GREEN Homes for Sale-San Francisco.
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The San Francisco MLS Goes Green

SFAR MLS Goes Green
SFAR MLS is excited to announce the addition of “Green Features” to our property descriptions. You will now find the following amenities in the Single Family Home, Condo/Coop/TIC/Loft and 2-4 Units property types:
1) Bamboo Floors
2) Cork Floors
3) Recycled Carpet
4) Natural Fiber Carpet
5) Energy Star Appliance(s)
6) Dual Flush Toilet
Stay tuned for more Green
Features as Rapattoni builds the platform.
SFAR MLS Goes Green

Also exciting news.  In Northern California we are generally known to be environmentally sensitive and proactive in making the sustainable living movement come to the forefront and grow.  Keep an eye on San Francisco to continue their GREEN growth model.  Bringing it to the MLS and all of the San Francisco Association of Realtors member Brokers and agents who subscribe will certainly assist in moving these measures forward and making a huge and powerful population fo real estate professionals allies in this important cause.

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