Sustainable Living

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  • Home Efficiency Checklist:  We all want to improve the energy efficiency of our home whether to save money, improve our environmental footprint or to attract eco-conscious buyers when we eventually sell. This checklist will help you track and evaluate the energy efficient features of your home. Also a great tool for homebuyers looking to maximize their energy dollars. EcoBroker Green Checklist
  • California Home Buyer’s Energy Efficiency Checklist helps you understand the factors you should consider when looking around for properties. While location is considered an important factor in buying a home, the energy efficiency of a home should also be high on your list of priorities.   The California Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Program provides a reliable way to estimate and compare the energy efficiency of California homes and identify wise energy saving improvements. Whether you are buying or selling a home, or staying in your current residence, knowing your home energy rating will help you choose smart energy upgrades and investments that will save you in energy costs, improve your home comfort, and protect the environment. As buyers become more aware of the benefits of an energy-efficient home, homes with a favorable home energy rating may be more appealing to buyers.  California Home Buyer’s Energy Rating Guide.
  • Sonoma Conserves is a partnership between Sonoma City Water and Valley of the Moon Water District to promote conservation programs. Serving water customers in the Sonoma Valley they provide technical assistance, information, and financial assistance to help water customers in the Sonoma Valley become more water efficient. Conservation is one of the key strategies of a comprehensive solution to the Valley’s water challenges – and it’s something we can all do today. Sonoma Conserves Water Tips & Programs
  • Apps to enhance sustainability
    • eEcosphere – eEcosphere is the most effective, trustworthy way to build the future you want by taking action on the causes that matter to you most. You simply adopt and commit to actionable sustainable efforts and causes then share that knowledge with others through social media. Co-founded by Sonoma native, Andrew Krause.
    • Nest – Do you have a Nest Learning Thermostat & Nest Protect CO Detector & Smoke Alarm? Enhance their awesomeness with the app to monitor energy use, remotely reset your home’s thermostat, check on alarms and learn tips to be more energy efficient.
  • Greening Your Wine Country Event gives you the tips and strategies to make your events, whether at home or at a Wine Country venue, earth friendly. Greening Your Wine Country Event