You may be looking to save money this holiday season and through the coming winter months. You may also be seeking ways to lessen the impact of our energy use on our planet. These energy-saving tips will help with it all.
It is important to get regular check-ups on your furnace to make sure it’s working properly. You don’t want to be in a situation where it’s 20° outside with no heat inside. It is recommended to have a heating…
1. Manage your time properly.
Start organizing and packing at least one month before the moving day. Start with things that you don’t use daily. Your ski suit, snow boots, winter clothes, most of the books, CD’s and computer games and other things you can do without for a few weeks.
Here at the Alvarado Real Estate Group, Live Green, Vive Verde, is an important part of our business! We want to show you how you can incorporate eco-friendly products, services, and actions into your life and home,
I recently spent the month in Mexico, in a 900 sq. ft. apartment with my husband and two young boys. Our house in Madison is around 1700 sq. ft. with extra space in the basement and the 2 car garage for storage. Surprisingly enough, it is wonderful living in a smaller space. I was a bit […]
Our next post in the Live Green, Vive Verde series is all about saving on your energy bills through landscaping! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can “improve your home's comfort and lower your energy bills” with the right landscaping, tailored to your home, your needs, and your geography! The Department of Energy also has an awesome infographic with quick tips on exactly how you can consume less energy with simple landscaping tips! Here are some of our favorites:
Help Save Water by…
1) Grouping plants with similar watering needs together
2) Using mulch to keep plant roots cool and prevent quick evaporation of water
3) Raising your lawn mower cutting height to reduce the amount of water needed to maintain your lawn
Help Save Energy by…
1) Planting trees and shrubs that add shade to your home
2) Planting ground cover, which will help to cool air before it hits your home
3) Using trellises with creeping or climbing vines to add visual interest and cooling shade to a deck or patio
If you'd like to improve your landscaping this year, and explore some of the options you have to make a more energy efficient green space around your home, check out our recommended local experts page for landscapers to call in the Madison area.