Some of Puget Sound Energy’s Energy Efficient Team joined us on-air this week on KKOL 1300AM

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Puget Sound Energy offers so many programs for saving money on your energy costs.  Commercial and Residential Programs are available.  Listen below to hear more about these programs directly from the experts. 

Listen to the show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before the episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate

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Is Going Green at Home Saving You Green in Your Wallet?

A hot topic these days involves transforming your home so that it saves you money while improving the state of our environment. Companies have started to create a plethora of green technologies that supposedly aid consumers in becoming more eco-friendly and economical.

However, some of these inventions may not be saving you as much as you thought. Read on to see which strategies and gadgets will actually save you money and help you reach your goal of helping the environment while debunking the myth that sustainability is just for hippies.

Hybrid Vehicles

If you’re looking to get more fuel efficiency while cutting down on your emissions, hybrids may not be the best answer. Hybrids do well on fuel when driving mostly on highways; however, if you find yourself driving in the city, they use the same amount of fuel as — if not more than — a conventional car.

By getting your car serviced regularly, ensuring your tires are at the proper pressure and making your trips as efficient as possible, you will maximize your money and get better fuel economy while leaving a smaller footprint on the environment.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you’re thinking that you need to discard your old appliances and invest in new energy-efficient ones, think again. It is not very good for the environment to trash perfectly good appliances just to go and buy new ones. Even the Environmental Protection Agency believes this to be the case. With proper maintenance and tune-ups, the current machines can be just as effective in saving the planet, and then once yours have reached the end of their lives, you can invest in energy-efficient models.

The Latest Technology is Great but Not Essential

Even though gizmos and gadgets are important, not all green living is centered around them. Green living is about more efficient construction methods that heighten energy efficiency and promote a healthy environment as well. But you don’t have to be state-of-the-art to go green: if you can learn to better regulate your thermostat and unplug devices that are not being used, you can save the environment and your money.

Existing Homes Can Be Transformed

Conventional wisdom holds that only new builds can be made completely green. However, this is far from the truth. New constructions actually can be detrimental to the environment. New builds take time to overcome any negative effects that they have on the environment, so salvaging your current home is a great idea. Fitting your home with environmental systems can be the key to a better environment and putting money in your pocket.

What steps have you taken to make your home green? Are these steps working for you? Connect with me today to talk more about going green in your home.

Article written by HomeAction for Team Reba

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Tom Watson from King County’s Threadcycle program joined us last week on KKOL 1300AM – Listen Below

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Last week Tom Watson from King County’s Threadcycle program joined us on-air.  Threadcycle is a county wide program that will recycle/reuse all your clothes, shoes and linens.  Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled. Many local organizations want all your clothes, shoes, and linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged items – in any condition except wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials.

Listen to the show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before the episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate

 

 

 

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5 Container Garden Designs

Don’t limit greenery in your home design to only your outdoor garden. Container gardens are the newest trend in home design that can be implemented just about anywhere in your home. Not only do container gardens add a touch of nature to your home, they also create unique and intricate designs that don’t require a lot of maintenance. Take a look at these container garden designs to add to your home for spring.

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Mint Chandelier
Grouping together different containers of mint plants will create a mint chandelier for just about anywhere in your home! The smell of mint is sure to give your home a feel of nature, you can snip the mint leaves to create a refreshing garnish for spring and summer drinks, and the chandelier keeps the herb within arm’s reach!

Lush Succulents
Succulents are lush and striking but many are small, making them hard to notice and appreciate when planted in soil in the ground. By planting a mix of beautiful succulents in a hanging sphere, you can enjoy these beautiful plants in a new light. First, work from a wire form with soil, then press down each individual succulent into holes no deeper than the roots. You will need to make sure to hang the hanging sphere securely in a place where the spiky silhouettes and colors and textures can be enjoyed closely. As the new offshoots begin to grow, they should be pinned to the surface with a hairpin or bent paper clip to keep the tight, compact profile intact.

Fern Container
Take a trip to your local flea market and pick up a few old-fashioned milk pails to add greenery with rustic charm. Sword ferns can be placed in 10-inch pots inside the milk pail to give your kitchen or dining room a rustic look with a touch of green!

Modern Container
Purchase steel utility boxes from your local hardware store to create a sleek and modern container for your plants. You can select a range of shapes and sizes and turn them so that the side with holes is at the bottom and plant low-growing succulents, then top with gravel. To create a unique and exotic centerpiece, arrange several succulents in a tray full of grit.

Go for the Green
You can transform a run-down atrium, like Chip and Joanna Gaines did on the “Fixer Upper” television show, into a plant-centric greenhouse that is busting at the seams with herbs and other plant life. Line the walls of the atrium with cedar planters and white chalkboard labels to keep all of your rows recipe-ready.

Article written by HomeActions for Team Reba

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Tom Watson from King County’s Threadcycle program will be joining us on-air today on KKOL 1300AM from 3-4pm

Today Tom Watson from King County’s Threadcycle program will be joining us on-air.  Threadcycle is a public education campaign of King County and Seattle Public Utilities.  They are a county wide program that will recycle/reuse all your clothes, shoes and linens.

Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95 percent of the clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled. Many local organizations want all your clothes, shoes, and linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged items – in any condition except wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials.

Listen to the show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before the episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate

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Reinvigorate Your Home With These 4 Light Window-Treatment Ideas

One of the best things about staying in a hotel is the blackout curtains. After a long day of travel, nothing beats quality sleep in a cool, dark room. But dark, opaque window treatments aren’t always the best choice for everyday living. 

Scientific studies show that humans still follow the productivity patterns of their ancestors, meaning we are productive and active during daylight hours and we rest when it’s dark out.

Here’s a list of four light window treatments to keep your space airy and bright for optimal productivity.

1. Etched Glass

These pieces can be absolutely stunning – with a corresponding price tag for the really high-end items. Fortunately, you can find less expensive options with much the same effect as the high-end ones. Etched glass allows in light, is visually appealing and retains privacy for all of the room’s inhabitants.

2. Layer Shades 

Layer shades are an attractive option because they are the best of both worlds. With layer shades, you achieve some level of light reduction, but not total darkness. Manufacturers “layer” opaque panels with sheer ones for a compromise between the two extremes of illumination.

3. Solar Shades

Solar shades that you often see in restaurants are available for residential use as well. One thing that’s great about solar shades is that most models have the spool option. When you want to use them, pull down the shade. When the outside lighting is to your liking, roll them up into their case at the top of the window. Another benefit is that solar shades will protect your flooring or anything else that might otherwise fade in direct sunlight.

4. Traditional Treatments 

Choices in traditional window treatments are evolving from damasks and florals to burlap and gauze. On the opposite side of the treatment spectrum, not all fabric window decorations are lace or basic sheer.

For example, metallics are making a comeback in fashion options and this represents an opportunity to add some sheen and visual appeal without the weight. Gold, silver, bronze, oh my! Bring on the sparkle, because we can all use a little more of that in our lives.

Sheer panels with patterns are a fun option for keeping your interior airy and bright. Patchworks, polka dots, or horizontal or vertical stripes will all allow in light without sacrificing style or privacy.

Window treatments are a great way to personalize any space, and their lack of permanence allows for periodic change, which we all love in home decor.

Article written by HomeActions for Team Reba

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The Open Concept Living Space

Traditionally, homes in the 1990s were designed with separate rooms, but now the new trend is the open floor plan. In the past, people believed that the more rooms the home had, the more attractive, compartmentalized and functional the home was. Designers and homeowners eventually realized that the open floor plan made spaces appear larger and gave homes even more functionality.

Pros of the Open Floor Plan

Social: Someone cooking in the kitchen can now interact with those in the living room, dining room, game room and so on. The home is no longer sectioned off, meaning people can socialize and interact with each other more easily.

Keep an Eye on Kids: Parents with young children can watch their kids while they cook and do other household duties, because they are no longer sectioned off from them in a private room.

Better Views and Natural Light: By removing interior walls to create the open concept feel, more sunlight from the windows can stream in and permeate the house. The view of your home inside is clear and allows you to see multiple rooms and create a flow when it comes to décor.

Better Entertaining: When you have guests over, you can now entertain more easily because you are no longer closed off as you cook and prepare. When you have an open floor plan, there is also more space for guests to spread out around your home without feeling secluded.

Cons of the Open Floor Plan

Lack of Privacy: Many homes have people of different ages and on different schedules, with teenagers to newborns to grandparents and even nannies all living in the same space. These private spaces can work better for a household where everyone needs his or her own space.

Fewer Walls for Art: If you love art and you love to decorate your walls, you’ll need ample space to do so. Having more walls in your home allows more room for artwork.

Harder to Tidy: You may want a closed floor plan so that you can contain messes more easily. If you have kids, you may want a sectioned-off playroom to keep messes out of the main living space.

Noises Travel: Open floor plans have better acoustics and allow noise to travel further, while having a closed floor plan with extra walls can help contain and keep noises to a minimum.

Fewer Specialty Spaces: More rooms mean more separate spaces dedicated to specific uses, such as a craft room, game room, home office, art studio, home gym and so on. This allows for more creative freedom to use space, because you don’t necessarily have to make the room flow with the rest of the home.

As you shop for a new home or consider major renovations of your current home, think about what would work for you before you start spending money.

Article written for Team Reba by HomeActions

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Check out this weeks show with Seattle 3D– Open House with Team Reba Tuesdays at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM

Listen below to hear our show from this week.  We had Jeff Crompe from Seattle 3D on-air to talk how this cool, new technology will impact real estate and other businesses.

 

Listen to next week’s show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before each week’s episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate

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Check out this weeks show with Sunergy Systems – Open House with Team Reba Tuesdays at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM

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This week we had Joe Deets on from Sunergy Systems on-air to talk about solar energy.  Did you know that you can have solar power in Seattle?  Listen below to hear our interview with Joe and learn about how solar energy works.

Listen to next week’s show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before each week’s episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate

 

 

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Check out our guest for tomorrow’s show – Open House with Team Reba Tuesdays at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM

Tomorrow we will have Joe Deets on from Sunergy Systems on-air to talk about solar energy.  Tune in to hear all the benefits you could gain from converting.

Listen to the show Tuesday at 3pm on KKOL 1300AM where you can stream it live.  Be sure to send us your questions at info@teamreba.com before the episode. Or call us during the show at 1-866-712-1300 if you want to participate.

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