A Model For What Anyone Can Do, by Pearl Certification

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Having a reputation of being "into" sustainability provides great connections, friendships, and sometimes a leg up in marketing.   Today, I'm humbled and proud to share my latest featured article.  But this one is about my house! 

 

Today, hot off the presses is my latest featured article from Pearl Certification!

 

Some may know that my home is the first Pearl Gold Certified home in Arizona.  If not, you do now!  Since earning the Gold Certification July 31, 2018,  the home has now achieved the status of Net Zero!  This means that I'm producing as much energy as I use.  

 

And if you think I went solar first, think again.  The best path toward accomplishing this for the best return on investment is to reduce before you produce energy.  Start with an energy audit to learn of the lowest cost, best return on investment items to add to your home.  From light bulbs to spray foam insulation, I did just that.  After at least a year, that's when you want to size your home for solar panels to eliminate the rest of the bill to earn the "net zero" status.  

 

Sizing my home for solar panels also included the extra energy needed to power my electric car.  The amount I paid in 2022 for electricity, for my house and car,  was $212.    If I had known how much more energy I would need to cover that final piece, I could have added yet one more solar panel.  

 

But because my water heater is now eleven years old, swapping it out for a new heat pump water heater should eliminate the rest of the bill required to not pay ANY electricity to charge my car!  

 

Thank you to Pearl Certification for this article!  

 

If you're a homeowner and want to start retrofitting your home, reach out to Pearl.  They have all the vendors and can help you get started! 

 

And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Arizona, make sure to use a knowledgeable professional in real estate!  

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Comments (30)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  It's been great getting the work done, watching the ROI come true.  My front yard is xeriscape, desert landscape with sloping and blooming cactus.  Each plant is unique.  My backyard is planted for butterflies,, birds and bees.   It's been great recreating mu space, but I love my yard, too.  It's peaceful, which is something we all need these days!   Have a great day!

Nov 08, 2023 07:22 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Laura Cerrano 

Nov 08, 2023 07:22 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

And it can work for anyone Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert !  Doing the work, seeing the results, and including this in the course I teach makes it all come full circle!  Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Nov 08, 2023 07:23 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Leanne Smith , that's great that you replaced those units.  Make sure to have an energy audit performed and reduce as much as you can so you have fewer solar panels, increasing your ROI nd reducing your costs.  My next door neighbor has an entire roof filled with solar panels, while I only have 14.  Reason being, I had all of the other work performed with a quick payback so I could add fewer solar panels.  Eg, duct sealing is a 3 year payback and I saw an immediate reduction in my energy bills ($50 the first month in August); spray foam insulation in my attic was a 5 year payback. Sun screens were an immediate 5% reductiion and it kept my office more comfortable during summer months.  An energy audit is software results that show real data, not a GC's guestimate.   Good luck!

Nov 08, 2023 07:26 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you. I do have some concerns given all the information coming from our utility company and the continued intrusion by the federal government with its SMART GRID program. This would allow the feds to turn off electricity in certain areas especially during peak demands.

Nov 08, 2023 07:35 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Why waste energy and hard earned money? Great post Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ !

Nov 08, 2023 07:31 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for reading and commenting Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 !  So very true and like the title says, anyone can do this!  Have a great day!

Nov 08, 2023 07:36 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Congrats to you. Sounds like you are on the cutting edge in your area.

Nov 08, 2023 11:04 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Dr. Paula McDonald ! You know all about being cutting edge.  When you find a niche that interests you and you become passionate, the rest is history.  It's second nature for me to talk about this with all of my clients.  I'll be hosting a client open house in January with 2 vendors there to answer questions and talk about my house.  THAT will be fun!   Thank you for reading and commenting! 

Nov 08, 2023 11:54 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am glad to see you’re a green advocate Jan. I had an energy audit done on my home and because we have so many dark cloudy days in the winter our state government wouldn’t finance solar on my house. You are very fortunate 😎

Nov 08, 2023 02:58 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

No one can say you don't practice what you preach. That is most commendable.

Nov 09, 2023 04:46 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Your dedication to energy efficiency and showing how to make it work is outstanding, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Nov 09, 2023 07:45 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I am so glad that you introduced us to this.  Great informative blog..

 

Nov 09, 2023 07:46 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Sunshine is a different animal in Washington Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS , so I get it.  Solar panel technology is changing and you should, in the very near future, be able to revisit this.  They are advancing technology so even on cloudy days you can produce power!  In case you haven't seen the latest news:

https://www.cnet.com/home/energy-and-utilities/do-solar-panels-work-when-its-cloudy/

Nov 09, 2023 07:05 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 !  I new that would be a part of being believable - walk the walk.  I can tell homeowners what mistakes the vendors made, too!

Nov 09, 2023 07:06 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much Steffy Hristova !  Appreciate you!

Nov 09, 2023 07:06 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Ginger Harper !  And this works anywhere in the US.  Solar panels produce less power, are less efficient, when the temperatures rise over 105 degrees.  So this past summer, I lost some power!  In more moderate temperatures, even if it's cloudy occasionally, solar is still a good idea :) 

Nov 09, 2023 07:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ I think you might have the right idea and I wish you all the best. Just see where it goes, I suppose.

Nov 09, 2023 10:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is so cool!

 Since earning the Gold Certification July 31, 2018,  the home has now achieved the status of Net Zero!  

Nov 10, 2023 04:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jan:

Congratulations on the Pearl Gold Certified status and now the Net Zero status - I think I DID know this but nice to hear it again. You are, indeed, a model for ways to reduce energy use and costs. I think we need to hear more from you in a Zoom call.

Jeff

Nov 10, 2023 05:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  just wanted to stop in again and wow two blog post in a row both getting Featured congratulations! Endre

Nov 30, 2023 10:19 PM