Charity Giving by Shopping on Amazon.com

Did you know that it is now possible to give to your charity of choice simply by shopping on Amazon.com?  If you would like to donate to charity, but cannot always find the funds to do so, this is a great way to do so without spending anything extra.  Amazon.com now has a feature called AmazonSmile, which donates a percentage of your qualifying purchases to your selected charity.

Amazon.com logoThere is a very extensive list of charities to choose from, so chances are either your favorite charity will be an option, or if not, you’ll be able to find a cause you would like to support.  I love this idea and the fact that it can’t be any easier to donate by just buying items you might already be planning to buy.  The only caveat, is you have to shop from Smile.Amazon.com and not the regular Amazon.com link.

The following from Amazon’s website explains more about the program and how to use it:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?

If an organization does not register to participate or becomes ineligible, you will have a chance to select a different organization or we will redistribute donations earned among other organizations receiving donations.

If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?

Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

Source: smile.amazon.com/about

 

 

2014 San Diego Lawnmower Exchange

lawnmowerDo you have an old lawnmower than runs on gas?  Now is your opportunity to trade it in for an energy efficient, much cleaner, cordless electric model!

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8AM
Qualcomm Stadium – 9499 Friars Rd San Diego, CA 92108 | NW Quad

The original price for this model is $399, but at the exchange event, you’ll be able to buy a new model for $99.99 plus your gas-powered trade-in!  This is a great opportunity to get a new machine, while cutting on the environmental impact of using a messy gas-powered model.

More information and a useful map for the event can be found on the San Diego Air Pollution Control District website: SDAPCD.org.

 

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Why Is My Energy Bill Lower? | California Climate Credit

If you are in California and a customer of a privately owned utility company, then like me, when you opened your April 2014 electric bill, your first thought may have been, “Why is my bill so low?  Is this a mistake?”  Then, your next thought may have been, “Should I question my electric company, or just not say anything and hope I get away with it?”

Well, fear not, because it was not, in fact, a mistake!  If you look into the details of the charges, you should find a credit in some amount labeled as the California Climate Credit.

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At this point, you may still be confused, wondering why your utility company is discounting your bill for California’s climate.  The California Climate Credit is part of the many programs resulting from the passing of AB32 in 2006.  This credit is to be applied to your bill in April & October if you are a residential customer of a public utility (e.g. SDG&E, Southern California Edison, PG&E, etc.) and monthly for small businesses customers of public utilities.

Sure, it may be nice to have a discount on your bill, and you might be tempted to use that money for another bill, a dinner out, or a new pair of shoes.  The intention, however, is to use the credit in some way that will help you reduce your energy use, thereby reducing California’s energy use as a whole.

There are several simple ways you can use this credit to help reduce your energy use and future costs.  The following is a list of energy saving products compiled by Energy Upgrade California that can be purchased with the money you are saving from your Climate Credit.  Is your water heater wrapped?  How about your power strips?  Are you using the old style, or the newer “smart” power strips?  Click the image below to view the list and then help spread the word to your friends and family by sharing this post!

SEE ALSO:

California Climate Credit Fact Sheet

Find out how to further improve your home’s energy efficiency with a energy audit by a certified home energy rater.

Know the Loading Order of Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Climate Credit Chart and Product List images found in this post sourced from EnergyUpgradeCA.com.

FREE Shredding Event | April 19, 2014 | San Diego

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One Mission Realty is hosting another FREE Shredding Event! (Our 4th!)

Protect Yourself, Protect the Environment!

Just a few days after Tax Day and a few days before Earth Day!

  • Shredding done by Shred San Diego
    • Materials are ground-up (not strip-cut) on-site, then recycled.
    • Shred San Diego is AAA Certified by NAID and an Accredited Business on the BBB.
    • See ShredSanDiego.com for more information about their company.
  • Paper, staples, CDs, booklets, old prescription bottles…all ok to be shred!

 


WHEN:

Saturday April 19, 2014
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHERE:

In Front of One Mission Realty
928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste 217
San Diego, CA 92103
(Our office faces Hawk St – Across from St. Vincent Church & School)

 

Please note:   Although the shredding truck is large, space is available until the shredding truck fills up and will be first come, first served.  Please limit to no more than 10 file boxes of materials.  If you have more, please contact us.  We are unable to guarantee the amount of space in the truck depending on how many people participate.


Please confirm your attendance:

Fill out the below form, or simply join our event page on Facebook to confirm attendance.  Don’t worry we won’t spam you or add you to any mailing lists.  We dislike spam just as much as everyone!

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San Diego Holiday House Annual Charity Donation 2013

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One Mission Realty is participating in this years SDAR Holiday House!

If you would like to donate, you  may drop off at our office anytime now through the beginning of December.  Items accepted are: Gift Cards, New Toys, New Clothes, Non-Perishable Food, Household Goods, etc.

Donations will benefit local charities such as:

The Angel’s Depot

It’s All About the Kids

PAWS San Diego

Second Chance

Homefront San Diego

 

 

 

 

Donations may be dropped off at One Mission Realty’s office:

928 Ft. Stockton Dr. Ste #217

San Diego, CA 92103

Please contact us with any questions!

6 Ways To Go Organic in Your Garden

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Organic gardening techniques may help improve the health of your plants. Click the image to read about several ways to go organic in your garden, whether you have a large garden plot or plants in containers. Share this information with any of your family and friends that have a “green thumb.”

Five Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

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A good credit score is, of course, important when buying a home, but your credit score can impact many more avenues of life besides obtaining a loan such as insurance rates, employment, and more.

If you are trying to improve your credit score, here are five tips to keep in mind.  Improving your credit score isn’t something that happens overnight, but these tips can help boost your credit score over time.

If you already have an excellent credit score, these tips are still a great reminder on how to stay on track and keep your score high.

Home Energy Upgrades Loading Order

Home Energy Upgrades Loading Order

When asked, “What is one of the best ways to ‘go green’ and upgrade your home’s energy efficiency?,” many homeowners might answer with, “Install solar panels.”  While solar panels certainly are an excellent technology with the potential to drastically reduce your home’s energy dependence, they are not necessarily the best or first upgrade to consider.

There is a saying among many green energy experts that you have to earn solar.  What this means is that if your home is inefficient in energy use due to old, poor-performing appliances,  lack of proper insulation, or air sealing, then the energy created from solar is going to largely be wasted.

This pyramid diagram is a useful tool to show the loading order of home energy upgrades.  It all begins with the base of the pyramid with an increased general understanding and knowledge.  A homeowner can be educated by having a home energy audit, or by reading about various methods, tools, and practices to help make a home more energy efficient.  From there, the homeowner can move up the pyramid to items that are more complex and/or require more of an investment.  Not every upgrade is going to be appropriate for each home.  This is why it is important to work with experts in home energy efficiency to maximize your specific results.

If you are interested in obtaining a home energy assessment or learning how you might be able to increase your home’s energy efficiency, thereby potentially lowering utility bills, increasing perceived comfort and making your home a more green space, please contact me below.  I would love to help you by being a resource to information!

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FREE Voucher for $400 Off A Home Energy Assessment

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If you are curious to learn your home energy rating, ways to upgrade and improve your home’s energy efficiency, and possibly receive rebates of up to $4,000 for upgrades, then the very first step  is to have a home energy assessment completed.

Currently, through Energy Upgrade California and the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), homeowners can receive a voucher for $400 off the cost of a home energy assessment.  This is a great opportunity, especially because as of April 2013, the voucher amount has been increased from $300 to $400.  To obtain a voucher, follow these instructions by using my personalized promo code:

  1. Go to:     www.energycenter.org/voucher
  2. Enter your info and the following promo code:       dged
  3. Follow the instructions to find a participating energy rater.
  4. Print out the voucher, give it to your rater and they will reduce their fee by $400.

Depending on the house, this voucher* could pay for all or most of the assessment cost.  An Energy Rater and the California Center for Sustainable Energy can help with finding rebates for completed upgrades.  Energy upgrades can potentially help improve comfort of the home, save money on utilities, and conserve resources.

Currently, the California Association of REALTORS® also has a separate program for a $250 rebate for the energy assessment if completed within 60 days of the close of escrow.  The great news is these vouchers can be stacked!

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*Vouchers are available in a limited quantity until funds for the program run out, or the program is ended.  Energy Raters are independent parties and set their own prices.  On average, most raters seem to charge between $300 – $600 for a home energy assessment.  In many cases, the voucher amount will cover the majority, or entire cost of the assessment.  The cost is determined by the size of the home and systems in place.

 

 

Rebates Available for Energy Efficient Upgrades

Does your home have any of the following characteristics?

  • Costly Utility Bills
  • Rooms that are hotter or colder than either the outside temperature, or the rest of the house
  • Drafts that may or may not have a known origin
  • Issues with air quality or odors
  • Moisture issues
  • Plumbing or general water leaks
  • Issues with windows or doors

If so, unfortunately, these are all characteristics of low performance homes.  The good news is there are specifics ways to address these issues and your home may benefit from energy efficiency upgrades!

A large number of existing homes in California score average to poorly on the home energy rating system, so there can definitely be room for improvements.  Currently, Energy Upgrade California is able to offer incentives in the form of rebates up to $4,000* for qualifying energy upgrades.

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There are different rebate structures depending on your specific home and needs and the rebate amount is tied to the amount of  improvements made.  Some examples of possible energy upgrades may include:

  • Duct Sealing
  • Attic & Wall Insulation
  • Insulation of Hot Water Piping
  • Air Sealing
  • Combustion Safety
  • Thermostatic Shower Valve
  • HVAC Upgrades
  • Domestic Hot Water Upgrades
  • Lighting Upgrades
  • Appliance Upgrades
  • Low-flow water fixtures
  • Many more options…

The first step before having work done and receiving the rebates is to have an initial Home Energy Assessment by a certified energy rater.  The rater will assess the property and provide a certificate with an energy rating – a similar concept to how a car is rated for fuel economy.  This is the Test-In rating, which establishes the baseline score for comparison after the upgrades have been done.  After the rater gives recommendations, the homeowner can elect to proceed with the improvements.  Once completed, the rater then does a Test-Out assessment of the property to compare the results and improved efficiency of the home.

It is very important to work with a certified energy rater to ensure valid information is being obtained.  Also, the rater will be able to guide the homeowner to any possible rebates available.

Right now, a voucher** for $400 off the Home Energy Assessment is available to homeowners wishing to begin the process of improving their homes energy efficiency.  Depending on the house, this voucher could pay for all or most of the assessment cost.

If you would like more information on this subject or have any questions, please contact me below.  I will be happy to be a resource and to help in any way I am able!

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*Matching rebate programs are sometimes available in some parts of San Diego County to potentially increase the incentive amount to greater than $4,000. The rebate amount of up to $4,000 is tied to the amount of efficiency improvement.

**Rebate vouchers are available in a limited quantity until the funds for the program run out.  Rebates and vouchers are available until the funds are used, or the program is ended.

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