Environmental fire protection is the best thing we can do to help protect our homes and properties from wildfires, according to a report published Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors.
The report by the Realtor Council also calls for federal efforts to increase funding for conservation projects, including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for the federal government to “provide more funding to state and local governments for wildfire prevention and suppression.”
Read moreHere are the main findings of the Realty Council’s report:1.
Resilient, resilient homes are essential to saving your home from wildfires.
In 2015, more than 200,000 homes across the U.S. were destroyed by wildfires, resulting in a record number of lost homes.
Realtores report that 80% of the homes lost were in the Southeast.
A lot of those losses occurred in states that were already experiencing severe wildfire seasons.
As the region is increasingly flooded and dry, more and more homes are vulnerable to the fires.
A report published last year by the U-M Global Forest Fire Research Center found that the risk of wildfire is much higher in areas that have had significant rainfall in recent years, and the likelihood of wildfires becoming more severe in those areas.
Resiliency and resilience are the most important things to know when planning for wildfire season, Realtoring America’s Homeowners said.2.
We need to take action to prevent fires.
We can help protect homes by reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, petroleum, natural gas and electricity.
The National Association for Realters said that if we can reduce our emissions, we can help prevent wildfires by limiting the amount of time that we put into our homes before we put them out.3.
The best way to reduce carbon emissions is to buy more energy-efficient products and services.
Realty Counseling has created the REALTOR.com Energy-Efficient Home Inventory.
We know that homes and businesses have the potential to make energy-efficiency improvements, and Realtory Counseling will provide resources to help you find the right products and the right services to make your home energy- and cost-effective.
The REALTORS.com Realty Inventory will include more than 250 products and more than 100 services, from home improvements to heating and air conditioning.
The inventory will help you make your next purchase and save money.4.
We cannot afford to wait until wildfires are under control before we get to saving homes.
The Realtorship Council reports that there are currently more than 6,500 homes in the United States that have burned down.
Relying solely on the U of M Global Forest Fires Forecast and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Response Plan for mitigation, the Realease Coalition has made a series of recommendations, including an investment in a carbon capture and storage system for homes and buildings, a fire suppression plan and an energy efficiency plan for homes.5.
We must act now to reduce the carbon emissions that fuel wildfires.
Realfors have already identified three areas where federal, state and city governments should increase funding:1) To support conservation projects.
The study by the REaltors Council found that federal funding is necessary to help states and localities reduce greenhouse gases.2) To reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Reallocation of funds from wildfire-related spending to conservation projects will help prevent more wildfires and increase the likelihood that homes will remain habitable and resilient in the long-term.3) To increase energy efficiency.
Realsource, a company that helps companies cut emissions and optimize their operations, has provided an energy-saving app that helps homeowners save energy by installing solar panels on their homes and running the appliances that power the homes.4) To protect property values.
Realinger Homes, a group that provides home insurance to renters and homeowners, has a home insurance policy that helps renters and home owners reduce the amount they spend on heating and cooling costs, among other costs.5) To prevent wildfires.
If the federal and state governments can make their funding available to states and cities, Realty Advisors said that it is likely that more people will be able to afford to buy energy-related products and that they will be more willing to invest in energy efficiency and other investments to reduce their carbon emissions.
The National Association For Realtories is a nonprofit trade association representing residential and commercial real estate professionals.
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