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HELLO SUMMER 2017!

After a super busy spring season (thank you for making AMBER REALTY the TOP PRODUCER for May at RE/MAX executives!), and our family making the move to to the wonderful neighborhood of KINGSTON ROW (so excited to meet the community!), we took the afternoon off to celebrate the welcoming of SUMMER!

AMBER REALTY was proud to sponsor the first of year of SOLFEST , a beautiful family friendly festival at the banks of ST.MALO.

"Love the life you live,
live the life you love."
Bob Marley





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ITS A MUG LOVE AFFAIR!

Doesn't our mug go perfectly in this magazine styled photo shoot?

Need one in you life? Contact Amber....
She may have a few extra around...



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DAILY DOSE: GREEN TIPS


Now that the weather is warmer instead of tossing your damp clothes into the dryer, hang them outside.  Line-drying uses zero energy (except your own) and we think sun dried clothes actually smell better.  If the weather doesn't permit (or for more delicate items), invest in an inexpensive drying rack that you can set up inside.

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We at the office are in LOVE with the new green camp mugs from AMBER REALTY.   

Just another reason to love where you live...
 


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DAILY DOSE: GREEN TIP, GREEN SUNSCREEN 

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Choose a powerful, GREEN sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain chemicals that pose risks to our health and the environment.  Avoid nano particles and choose mineral based products instead.  Apply it liberally and frequently, paying particular attention to your ears, face, back and neck.  Our favorite is made locally by Sweet Spirit Apothecary




LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE 

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These words....Love Kal Barteski's work and messages!  Home Grown talent!

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GREEN TIP #30

Cleaning your furnace filter every two months can increase its efficiency by 50 percent. 

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GREEN TIP #29

Fill Up!  Ensure the dishwasher is full before you turn it on. Dishwashers are more energy and water efficient when full. Researchers have also found the machines consistently do a better job-with less water-then hand washing.

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GREEN TIP #28

Be sure to lower the temperature in your home when you leave in the winter and bundle up for bed.  It'll save you money, and conserve energy!

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GREEN TIP #27

Take your fridge's temperature. Stick an appliance thermometer ina glass of water in the center of your refrigerator, or between frozen goods in the freezer overnight.  Your fridge temp should be between 37 and 40 degrees F 9 no more, to keep bacteria at bay); your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees.If either compartment is too cold, adjust the setting, since keeping them just 10 degrees colder than necessary can boost your energy consumption by up to 25 percent. 


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GREEN TIP #26
Use a Toaster Oven for Small Jobs.  It will use a third to half as much energy as a full-size oven.

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GREEN TIP #25
Use your microwave.  Cooking and reheating with a microwave is faster and more efficent than using a stovetop or over, thus reducing up to 70 percent of energy use!

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Love Where you live...
Thank you Manitoba for the most amazing Summer of Festivals, BBQ's and Beautiful Weddings...
The list goes on and on... our hearts are truly full.
From our Family to Yours, xoxo Amber vdB

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GREEN TIP #24
Clean refrigerator gaskets and vacuum the condenser coils twice a year. Your refrigerator will operate more efficiently and use less electricity. 

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GREEN TIP #23
I'm sure you're done painting by now! Before discarding empty latex paint cans, leave the top off and allow the remaining paint to dry completely.  Latex paint is not hazardous once it is solidified.  

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GREEN TIP #22
We live in a COLD climate.  Heating our homes requires a lot of energy.  You can save money and reduce your environmental impact by painting your home a dark colour!  Dark colours reflect as little as 3 percent of sunlight, thus absorbing more heat! 

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Febuary.20/2016
A fun, elegant evening celebrating with fellow Realtors and Medallion winners. Thanks again to all my clients, who are the reason I am lucky enough to bring home this beautiful, silver award

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Green tip #21 

Consider buying a laptop.  Laptops use 50% of the energy used by a typical desktop PC when plugged in and and just 1 percent of the energy when running on batteries.  

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GREEN TIP #20 :

Moving can be a huge undertaking and often not so environmentally friendly. Why add more to the landfill?  Frogbox brings GREEN boxes to you and picks them up after you move!  No more cardboard boxes!  

Use the Code WPGAMBER20 for 20% off                       ww.frogbox.com/winnipeg
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Global News featuring Amber van den Broek on how to modernize your home for potential buyers:


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GREEN TIP #19

Unplug unused chargers and appliances.  They are drawing power when the device is not!

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GREEN TIP #18

Why create more waste? Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

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Jan.19/2016

A HUGE thank you to all who came out to the 4th Annual Snowball:Alpine Chill. Together we raised over $10 000 for the Green Action Centre and we helped to purchase an electric bike that will be apart of a new compost pick up service available in Winnipeg this summer. 

Bonus Green Tip! 

Host a waste free event!  Ask guests to reuse compostable cups and provide compost bins.  Easy clean up and helps out the environment too!

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GREEN TIP #17

Why pay?  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

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GREEN TIP #16

Make your own household cleaners.  I've gotten quite a few recipes from this book, Organized Simplicity.

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GREEN TIP #15

Fix leaky faucets!  Green for the planet and for your wallet!

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GREEN TIP #14

Support local restuarants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefit of eating locally http://slowfood.com

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GREEN TIP #13

Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.  

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GREEN TIP #12

Pay your bills online.  Not only is it greener, it's a sanity saver!

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GREEN TIP #11

Every little bit counts!  Turn your computer completely off at night. You don't leave your tv on when your not watching it, why should your computer be any different?

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GREEN TIP #10

Support your local economy and shop at your farmers market!  The shorter this distance your food has to travel before it lands in your fridge, the better!  Every kilometer your fresh veggies travel before they reach your supermaket contributes to its carbon footprint!  Shop local!

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GREEN TIP #9

Be sure to drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

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GREEN TIP #8

Turn off lights when you leave the room & leave your lights off for as longs as you can-open your curtains and enjoy natural light!  Unless its hot like today...then keep your lights off & blinds closed so you can keep your AC off !

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GREEN TIP #7
Nice and Simple- Wash your laundry in cold water rather than hot water 

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GREEN TIP #6

Buy an inexpensive reuable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles (my favorite is @kleenkanteen with the sport cap)  Then watch the story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

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Green Tip #5

Stop using disposable bags.  Order some reusable bags-my favorites are Flip & Tumble. Or, make your own, they're insanely easy.

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GREEN TIP #4

Switch one appliance to the energy efficient model (look for the "energy star" label)

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GREEN TIP #3
Create a homemade compost Bin for $15.  Check out my facebook page for details.  

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December.6/2015

GREEN TIP #2
Switch all your lightbulbs to LED's (or at least switch a few)!

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GREEN TIP #1

Plant an herb garden.  It's good to have a reminder around of where our food originates, one this one is super easy.

Check my Facebook Page for more details!
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Feb 10, 2015 
The easiest way to "stage" a home?? PAINT! I just used Benjamin Moore low VOC paint in my office and the colours are wonderful! Here is a great blog that highlights some other Benjamin Moore colours to consider when getting your home market ready. http://www.kylieminteriors.ca/the-best-benjamin-moore-paint-colours-for-home-staging-selling/

Feb 8 2015
Thinking of maybe, starting to consider selling? Trying to put off that to-do list?? Don't make that mistake. Months of prep time will get you top dollar! Here's a few things to think about before taking the first photo for MLS http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/the-great-big-list-of-things-to-do-when-getting-ready-to-sell-your-house/

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Amber van den Broek
Amber van den Broek
REALTOR®