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Rebates and Free Stuff to Save Water in San Diego

We all need to save water, and save money!  Have you looked at your latest water bill?  Like most of us we got a bit of a shock with the summer’s water bill.

Here is some resources where you can get free stuff or free help conserving water and changing your landscaping.

Landscape training classes: The three-hour seminars are fast-paced and informative. They offer solutions to common landscape problems. Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up. In addition, they will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate. Class topics will include how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and choose the best plants for each yard.hen sign up for a FREE California-Friendly Landscape Class!

See schedule at: http://www.watersmartsd.org/programs/california-friendly-landscape-training-classes

Residential Water Surveys: All California American Water customers – both homeowners and renters – are eligible for a free program that will help you save water and money. By calling the conservation office or signing up at one of our conservation events, a certified conservation expert will visit your home to identify ways you can save water. A California American Water conservation expert will check for leaks in your current indoor and outdoor water systems, and at the same time provide conservation tips and devices. After the survey is completed, you will receive an individualized report with an evaluation of their results and personalized recommendations for further water conservation. Contact the San Diego County conservation office at (619) 522-6407 to schedule an appointment for your free survey today.

Conservation Devices
California American Water offers free water-saving devices to all San Diego County customers.  Come stop by your local office at 1025 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to pick your free water-saving devices today.

Call to get current class schedule for: California-Friendly Landscape Training Class, Site Evaluation Workshop, Rainwater Capture Workshop and Planting Irrigation Workshop.

Website: http://amwater.com/caaw/learning-center/wise-water-use/san-diego-rebate-information/page16988.html

When we here more we will post.  If any of our readers have heard of programs please let us know.

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Eco-Friendly Lawncare Tips and Landscaping Ideas


Maintaining a manicured lawn — mowing, watering, fertilizing — can quickly monopolize precious summer time. Why not consider the alternatives?

Whether you want to be savvier with your resources or eliminate the monotonous patch of green altogether, here are the top tips for achieving a low-maintenance lawn.

Does water saving add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

Smart Lawn Care

If you’re not ready to give up your grass, make sure you’re caring for it efficiently.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is cutting their lawn the wrong height, said Bob Malgieri, manager of lawn care and tree shrub division at Borst Landscape and Design in Allendale, N.J. “Mainly they cut it too short,” he said. “When it’s cut too short, the root system and soil are exposed to the sun. You get more weeds and the lawn basically just doesn’t do well, as opposed to keeping it to 21/2 to 3 inches.”

To effectively hydrate a lawn, the water must be absorbed by the grass root system. Frequent, shallow waterings are not effective, and watering during the daytime when the sunlight can evaporate the water can waste a lot of the precious resource. Malgieri recommends an irrigation system for the best results.

“You’ll never be able to water well by hand and get it consistently throughout the lawn,” Malgieri said. Irrigation systems deliver a controlled amount of water that ensures coverage across the entire lawn.

Another big mistake is to over-fertilize the lawn. Simply leaving clippings on the lawn is a great way to naturally fertilize grass. “It’s the most organic thing you can do, as long as you have a mower that mulches the clippings,” Malgieri said. “There are a lot of nutrients in those clippings. You’re actually feeding your lawn as you’re cutting it.”

Read more at: http://www.goerie.com/article/20130504/REWEB02/305049991/%26MaxH=50

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How to Spend Those Big Bucks to Make the Greatest Impact on Your Home’s Marketability


When Jim Holland bought his current house, the former engineer and do-it-yourselfer quickly made a mental list of the home-improvement projects he wanted to tackle.

At the top was a new garage door.

That might not be as flashy as a remodeled kitchen or a new deck — you’re unlikely to see a photo spread on garage doors in the next issue of Better Homes and Gardens — but Holland, as a longtime Realtor and broker in La Jolla, knows the value of curb appeal.

Is there a difference between curb appeal and “value?”  To appraiser there sure is.  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

First, he wanted his new home to look good, and pulling into the driveway each day just felt better once the new door was up. But second, Holland has learned that improving the home’s exterior is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to increase its value.

“It made a major, dramatic change to the front of the house, and I got comments all the time from people,” says Holland of the neighbors he soon met. “ ‘Oh, you’re the guy with the nice garage door, right?’ They didn’t know my name, but I was known.”

Holland estimates the custom garage door cost about $5,000, which he says “is a lot of money to spend.” But he calls it a great investment when combined with a later re-stuccoing project to the front of the house that gave it a complete makeover and a significant upgrade in value.

To Holland and others with experience in San Diego real estate, it’s sometimes the smaller projects, a few cans of paint or an upgrade in appliances and landscaping that make homes not only more livable but also more valuable in the long run.

“Granite countertops, brand new cabinets, new fixtures, that sort of stuff is great, and it absolutely helps your property sell quicker and for more money,” says Seth O’Byrne, a San Diego Realtor. “But as far as bang for your buck, it’s really hard to compete with the value of improving the paint and flooring and staging the property well.”

Read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/13/tp-big-bang-theory/

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