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Did The COVID Increase Your Electricity Bill? What You Can Do Lower It Now!

Due to the stay-at-home orders we have all experienced, I am sure your utility bills have increased. We have a great solution for you; an energy audit and some helpful energy saving tips! I just released a podcast with Scott Cooney, owner of Pono Home. His company helps homes save money on their electricity bill, reduce their carbon footprint and live in a healthier home. Hope you get a chance to listen to my podcast (CLICK HERE) and keep reading to learn about what we do as your GREEN Realtors.

Our Smart Living Hawaii Real Estate Team not only offers real estate services, but we also believe in helping Hawaii become more sustainable. We started a nonprofit that assists in sustainable awareness, education and advocacy for Hawaii’s people and community. This is a resource and community hub for Hawaii’s sustainable sectors: Energy, Agriculture, Environment, Housing, and Culture and you can learn more by visiting our Smart Living Hawaii Foundation website: or listening to our podcasts.

On the real estate front, our sustainable niche focuses on Green Homes & Sustainable Building, Agricultural & Farmland Acquisitions and Affordable Housing. With our commitment to sustainability we have obtained our National Association of Realtors GREEN designation and continue to keep up with all things GREEN that we encounter within our industry. Whether it’s energy efficiency, solar, water conservation, clean air, sustainable building materials, energy rebates or anything else relevant, we want to keep you informed. We also want to encourage a more sustainable Hawaii and if we can provide ways for our clients to be greener while saving money, we want to make that happen. A couple of things we are launching this summer is:

· Monthly GREEN GIVEAWAY! We decided to purchase a Pono Home Audit Gift Certificate and some green products and give it away to one lucky winner each month. Any Oahu home owner can enter to win on our website at: once a month. The random drawing will take place at the end of each month and the winner will be announced at the beginning of the next month.

·GREEN GIFT as a thank you closing gift to our Oahu buyers. We have partnered with Pono Home to provide you and your new home with a Pono Home Audit free of charge. You will receive a gift certificate from us that you can redeem at your leisure; best to be performed once you are unpacked and settled into your new home. After you setup an appointment, a Pono Home auditor will come to your home and do a 100+ point check on all your appliances, electronics, lighting, building envelope, leaks and much more! Once they complete their audit, you will know where you can save and how to make your home healthier for you and your family!

· GREEN TIPS, another way to save on your electricity bill will be to checkout our updated Energy Saving Tips page: . Here is a page where you can learn all the ways to lower your electricity bill and find out what rebates you can take advantage of, compliments of Hawaii Energy. We work closely with Hawaii Energy and they provide many helpful resources for homeowners, check it out today and save tomorrow!

Last but not least is our Honolulu Board of Realtors Monthly Statistics that has just been released. (CLICK HERE) This month is a great indicator of how the COVID Crisis has really affected our market. We are eager to get back to a normal business practice but with all the changes we have encountered and the forced technology integration; we now have more people actively online and using virtual options. Therefore, we do see a new normal evolving and we will continue to keep you updated with the changes. Here is a link to the Mayor’s most recent Emergency Order 2020-14 with details on real estate practices and all other businesses and practices. (CLICK HERE) In-person Open Houses are now taking place with social distancing procedures.

Thank you for caring about Hawaii and by choosing to work with a GREEN Realtor, you will know they are educated on GREEN homes, energy and the future of our industry. Should you have any real estate or GREEN questions for me, please don’t hesitate to call today!

Christina Laney Mitre



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