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Pat Zumbrun
Broker/Owner-SFR
Email Pat at patz4re@aol.com  
Cell: (805) 340-9338
BRE #01229401


Dave Zumbrun
Broker/Owner-SFR
Email Dave  at zman4re@aol.com
Cell: (805) 340-9339
BRE #01227683

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Ventura Christmas Tree Disposal is Easy as 1-2-3

Ventura Christmas tree disposal is as easy as 1-2-3. Strip it, cut it and set it in your brown bin for regular service. Includes garlands and wreaths.Christmas is over.  A brand new year begins at midnight tonight.  It’s time to take down your Christmas decorations.  For many in our Ventura community, that the tree.  But what do you do with it?  Ventura Christmas tree disposal is as easy as 1-2-3.

Ventura Christmas Tree Disposal

  1. Strip the tree.  Take off the decorations, tinsel, lights, etc.  Anything that wasn’t naturally a part of your Christmas tree needs to be removed from it before you toss it.
  2. Cut up the tree.  Before your Ventura Christmas tree disposal, cut the tree up into four foot sections or smaller.  This makes it easier to handle as well as ensures it will fit in your bin.
  3. Take it to the streets.  Put your cut up tree into your brown bin.  Then, place the bin outside your home on your regular curbside pick-up day.

Search homes for sale in Ventura CountySee?  Ventura Christmas tree disposal really is as easy as 1-2-3.  If you live in an apartment building or condo complex, talk to your property manager to see if they have a specified tree disposal area in your complex.  If you had your tree flocked, you cannot recycle it.  The flocking is can be poisonous.  Other natural trimmings, such as pine cones, wreaths and garlands, can also go in your brown bin for regular disposal.  These will all be ground up into mulch for use elsewhere.

We would like to leave you with one final though for the new year.  Just about everyone will be out celebrating tonight.  It’s great to have fun as long as you are responsible about it.  Make sure you have a designated driver before you go out.  Don’t have a designated driver?  Hire a driver for the evening.  Contact Uber.  Take a taxi to and from your destination.  You can always have a nice quiet celebration at home, too.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  When there is a safe way to get to and from your festivities, take it.  Don’t become a tragic statistic.  Keep yourself and others safe this New Year’s Eve.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Quick and Easy Energy Savers

Reducing the energy you use in your Ventura County home helps save you money while reducing the strain on our planet’s resources.  Even small changes can make a big difference in the long run.  But where do you begin?  It’s simple with these quick and easy energy savers.

Get rid of your old incandescent lightbulbs.  Replacing a 60-watt incandescent bulb with a more energy-efficient CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulb can save 85 kWh per bulb per year.  Think about all the lightbulbs you use in your home.  That savings can add up quickly.  Some CFLs (like the Philips brand) can last up to 25 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb.  Also, LED lights are the most energy-efficient models of lighting you can find.

Another quick, easy and inexpensive way to save energy is by replacing the old showerheads in your Ventura County home with a real water-saving showerhead.  These are available at your local home improvement stores, discount stores (WalMart, K-Mart, etc) or specialty stores (such as Bed, Bath and Beyond).  A 1.6 gpm showerhead will save approximately 3500 gallons of water per year.

This tip is simple and doesn’t cost you a cent: UNPLUG.  Even when an electronic device is turned off, it is still drawing energy (5-10% of your Ventura home’s total energy consumption) while it is plugged into the wall. Coffee makers, toasters, blenders, TVs, DVD players, computers, monitors, etc, all use energy (even in energy-saving modes) while they are plugged into the wall.  Unplug the small appliances.  Use a power strip for your other electronics.  Power strips are not just great protection against a power surge, but they also double as an easy way to safely power off and on your electronic devices with a single button.

Saving energy in your Ventura County home doesn’t have to be difficult, time-consuming or even cost you anything to implement.  These quick and easy energy savers reduce your energy consumption, eliminate wasteful usage and increase the money you put in your wallet.  That’s good for the environment as well as your bottom line.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2992353/quick-and-easy-energy-savers.

Five Quick Water-Saving Tips

Five Quick Water-Saving TipsLiving in the dry Southern California climate, we are all too aware of how important it is to save water whenever possible.  Ventura County is just one of the areas in Southern California that experiences drought-like conditions.  You can do your part to help conserve water by following these five quick water-saving tips:

Watering Your Lawn Don’t water during the hottest part of the day.  Turn your sprinklers on at the very beginning of the day or the very end of the day to retain the most moisture.  The Ventura County heat can quickly evaporate water, leaving your plants and lawn thirsty for more.  Automatic timers for your sprinklers will help you control both the length of time and the time of day your landscaping gets watered.

Drought-Resistant Plants – While not completely water-free, using drought-resistant plants helps minimize the amount of water needed to keep them healthy. Visit your local nursery or home improvement store’s garden center to find out what plants are best to plant and how to care for them.

Flower Beds – Cover your plain dirt flower bed with mulch.  Not only does it retain moisture at the base of the plants (where it is needed most), but it also looks prettier.  Consider using soaker hoses instead of sprinklers to water your flowers.  This also keeps water closer to the roots and uses much less water than a sprinkler does.

Sprinkler Systems – Just like interior plumbing leaks, you need to do a thorough inspection of your Ventura County home’s sprinkler system to look for possible leaks.  Don’t forget to check your garden hose (including nozzle), spigot and sprinkler timer.  Your timer will need to be reset when the weather changes to adapt for more or less precipitation as well as to make sure the sprinklers run properly.

Rain Barrels – Even in the hot summer weather, we can experience the occasional rain shower.  Rain barrels can be used to capture rain water any time during the year.  This water can then be used for your gardens, flower beds and potted plants.

Outdoor water use can be controlled by following these five quick water-saving tips.  Help do your part to conserve water at your Ventura County home throughout the year.

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

Originally posted on our Ventura County real estate blog here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2461539/five-quick-water-saving-tips.

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