Riverside Realtor Blog - Alma Dizon

Alma shares her experiences and observations as a Realtor in Riverside California.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Imperial Irrigation District Encourages Planting Trees in the Desert

Imperial Irrigation District is now starting a program similar to the one here in Riverside in which homeowners can get reimbursed $25 per tree planted around their homes. This is a great way to lower air conditioning bills as deciduous trees can greatly reduce the amount of sun beating down on roofs and patios during the hottest months.

We've planted a number of trees around our house and have benefited greatly from their shade. Our family room went from impossible to cool enough to being the most pleasant room in the house all summer long. Our only regret is that we seem to have run out of sunny areas on our roof for the number of solar panels we want. So you may want to put up solar panels before you plant, and then just shade the remaining areas of your roof. Of course, if you're out in the desert and have enough land, you could also put panels in your yard. On the other hand, if you're on a budget, trees are much cheaper than solar panels, which are a big investment and, depending on your power company, may not get you much of a rebate.

You can read a Press Enterprise article about the new program by clicking on the link below:

Planting Trees in the Desert

1 Comments:

  • At 9/11/2006 12:29 PM, Blogger Jeff said…

    Alma, I live in the OC and am an avid reader and occasional follower of Jon Lasner's column and blog. OC Register)While the blog exchanges can be colorful at times the information gleaned from Lasner and his blogger is very helpful. He regularly publishes sales activity numbers, year over year comparisons, default numbers, listing numbers, etc. Jon is definately a real estate bull but he is fair and published all information for open discussion. In a previous blog you talked about the shoppers. My wife and I fall into that group. We would love to make the move to the IE, where I work, but I beleive it has been euphoria and not fundementals that pushed housing up the last 30%. With tighter credit standards, current pricing levels and a slight rise in interest rates we feel that rpices will fall over the next 18-24 months. So we are looking for that bargin value and willing to wait until then, unless the perfect home came along. Thank you for letting me blog. I fully concure on the Cafe Suda (Vietnamese coffee) and Pho' in general. After you have had it in Little Siagon the rest is a little watery. Give it a try.

     

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