Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Conserve Water


 

 

In the United States we are lucky to have easy access to some of the safest treated water in the world – just by turning on the tap.

 

We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day. Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of purposes but do we really understand how much we use? The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per a day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country and in more water intensive landscapes. For example, the arid west has some of the highest per capita residential water use because of landscape irrigation. Annual precipitation can vary from less than one inch in Death Valley to as much as 100 inches along the north coast. To more water across the state, California relies heavily on water conveyance and storage systems such as the California State Water Project, which provides drinking water to nearly 2/3 of the states population. California’s water supply is becoming increasingly overtaxed. Each year, the state consumes 2 million more acre-feet of ground water than it recharges naturally.

 

California is also at high risk for drought than many other areas of the country and has experiences major drought events from 2007-2009, 1987-1992, & 1976-1977. During drought years, total precipitation can be less than half the annual average. Rainfall and snowfall can vary significantly not only from year to year but season to season as well. On average 75 percent of California annual precipitation occurs between November and march and peak agricultural and urban water use generally does not align with peak precipitation. California has long promoted water conservation as a means to preserve this precious resource as droughts and growing population continue to strain supplies.

 

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Caruso’s Earth Week ~ Buying Green


 

 

 

 

I came upon a recent survey (The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker) that found over three-quarters of people will stop buying a product if the company behind it exaggerates environmental claims.
 
The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker also reveals a solid demand from Americans for companies to green up their act.
 
According to the survey report, American consumers expect companies to address the full environmental impact of a product’s lifecycle, including:
 
– impacts associated with manufacturing the product (90%)
– use of the product (88%)
– disposal of the product (89%)
 
An interesting point to emerge from the survey was a whopping 42% said the environmental impact of disposing of a product – whether it can be recycled, composted, returned etc. – is the most likely factor to influence their purchases.
 
Additionally, 73 percent of those surveyed want companies to include more environmental information on the packaging of a product so they can make better-informed purchase decisions; but for that information to be in easily-understood language.
 
8% of Americans said they consider the environment every time they shop, while 25% say they consider the planet regularly in shopping.

The report states 42% of Americans have been discouraged from buying green products in the belief they cost more than “traditional” ones. Other issues that stopped those participating in the survey from buying green products include:

– A lack of trust in the environmental benefits claimed – 27%
– The product is difficult to find – 23%
– The product was unattractive – 16%

Cost is understandable given the tough times many people are experiencing; but if a green product can save money in the long run – for example, like a home solar power system can – then 90% of consumers say this will motivate them to buy it.
 
While appearing quite demanding when it comes to green products, the American consumer is also generally realistic – and this is another reason why companies shouldn’t amp up their green claims (aka ‘greenwashing’). 75% said it is fine if a company is not environmentally perfect, as long as it is honest about its environmental efforts.
 
The 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker was based on the findings of an online survey conducted among a demographically representative sample of 1,019 USA adults.

 

 

 

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Caruso’s Green Tip of the Day ~ Remodelers Most Used Items


 

 

If you are considering a home remodel try going green with your remodel! The National Association of Home Builders surveyed re-modelers to find out the energy saving items they installed most often in projects during the fourth quarter of 2011. Here are the most 

installed energy savers for a home remodel:

  • Low E Windows
  • Upgraded Insulation
  • Insulated Exterior Doors
  • Argon Gas Windows
  • High-Efficiency HVAC systems

 

And that’s your green tip of the day!

 

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Caruso Never Sleeps ~ Change in Seasons means Change in…


Fall is now officially in full swing and that means its time to adjust the way we use water. Most plants go dormant in fall and winter and require far less water than in spring and summer when they are active. So even as warm weather continues, now is the time to save water and money by reducing your irrigation.

 

The months of October, November and December are when Southern California typically waste most water. That is because plants require roughly 70 percent less water during this period, but many mistake the seemingly summertime weather as a call to continue their summertime watering schedules. Over watering is common in fall not just because of the warm weather, but also because many plants will look wilted or brown as they enter their dormancy. But beware; dormant plants should not be over watered.

 

Adjusting your water use with the seasons is a great way to ensure you stay within the personalized water budget for your property. Before watering your lawn or plants this fall, dig a hold two to three inches deep and check for moisture. If the soil is damp, turn off your sprinklers or put away your hose. Continue to check every few days until you find dry soil. Frequently checking soil will help you reset your sprinkler schedule. As the rains start the frequency should be changed again as Mother Nature will be doing the bulk of the watering for you. You can also replace your standard sprinkler timer with a smart timer that automatically adjusts your watering schedule with changing weather conditions.

 

 

 

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Caruso’s Green News!


 

I have read in the news that many cities are adopting local ordinances prohibiting the use of Single use Plastic Bags & Styrofoam. Why take such drastic measures to eliminate a specific waste stream? A recent report by Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund in California spotlights the litter from disposable plastics and other single-use containers, napkins, and fast-food packaging are the culprits in the flood of trash making its way from city streets and neighborhoods into area waterways and then the ocean. Plastics likely make up a size able portion of the marine debris that exists today. Exactly how much plastic debris is out there, or even what percentage plastic debris makes up, is very difficult to know. Whatever side of this issue you are on, we can all work together to be certain little and debris is properly disposed. We must keep our oceans clean! 

*For more information on this issue you can visit www.cleanwater.org.

 

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Keep Our Water Clean with Caruso!


 

Home and garden pesticides and fertilizers are contaminating California creeks, rivers, and oceans. Garden chemicals cause pollution when people dump them down drains or when they are washed into gutters, drains and creeks by rain, garden watering, or hosing down sidewalks. Here’s what YOU can do to help.

 

1.) Avoid Using Pesticides. Be sure you have identified a specific pest problem before applying any pesticide. If treatment is necessary, use non-chemical methods or least toxic pesticides where ever possible.

 

2.) Keep Fertilizer and Pesticides off of Hard Surfaces. For example like sidewalks or driveways. Sweep any material that accidentally gets on hard surfaces back onto lawns.

 

3.) Don’t Over Use Fertilizer. More is not better. Actively growing turf, flowering shrubs, some annuals and fruit trees require regular fertilization but ornamental trees do not. Use slow-release fertilizers and be sure to measure and apply them according to label directions.

 

4.) Avoid Using Pyrethroid Insecticides. This controls the ants. Manage ants by reducing food sources, excluding them from homes and using baits in containers.

 

5.) Use a mulching mower. Using this mower recycles your lawn clippings and reduces your lawn’s requirement for fertilizer.

 

6.) Dispose of Garden Chemicals Properly. Never sweep, hose off, or pour leftover pesticides or fertilizers into drains or gutters. Dispose of unused products at your local hazardous waste site.

 

7.) Manage your Watering System. Do this so water does no run off your landscape onto hard surfaces and into gutters.

 

8.) Reduce Runoff. Reduce by using mulches in beds and permeable materials for walkways and driveways. Aerate and add organic matter such as compost o heavy or compacted soils. Install terraces or other features on slopes to keep water on site.

 

9.) Install Equipment. For example drip irrigation, soaker hoses, “smart” irrigation controllers, and rotor heads that improve watering efficiently and distribution.

 

10.) Choose Water Efficient Plants & Garden Designs. Be creative about reducing your landscape’s need for water.

 

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI

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Caruso’s Green Tip of the Day!


Changing your work area from 72 degrees

to 78 degrees could cut your energy costs by as much as 15%!

And that’s Your Green Tip of the Day!

**In Southern California, electricity costs more to create in the summer (when energy demand is at its peak) and less to produce in the winter during periods of lower demand. As a result, your GS-1 rate is lower during the eight month “winter” rate period (October-May) and higher during the four month “summer” rate period. Instituted in October 2009, this seasonal rate shift was designed to align rates with the increased energy demands that come with the summer months. SCE offers a number of programs and services to help you reduce your energy usage and manage your summer energy bills.  For more information you can visit www.sce.com/smartbiz.

 

 

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Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900

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