Energy Efficient Ibiza Homes – A Guide for Home Owners in Ibiza Part. 2

Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is essential for conserving resources, saving money, and helping the environment. Each of us has a crucial part to play as homeowners, to improve our homes’ energy performance and ultimately reduce our carbon footprint and waste. If we make simple changes, we can achieve better property energy efficiency and contribute greatly to our planet’s future well-being (and our household utility bills).

Our company, Prestige Properties is fully committed to promoting energy efficiency here in Ibiza as a firm supporter of green living. Previously, we published an "Energy Efficient Homes: A Guide for Homeowners in Ibiza" article, aimed at encouraging property owners and buyers to create energy-efficient homes, which we have now extended into part 2 – "Energy Efficient Homes: A Guide for Home Owners Part. 2"

So, let’s get started with our latest guide for those who want to get involved in green and sustainable living right from the comfort of their own homes. 


Energy Efficient Homes - A Guide for Home Owners in Ibiza Part 2

How to Save Energy at Home – Our Top Daily Tip for Your Ibiza Property


  1. Change to LED Light Bulbs

In comparison to incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED bulbs offer significant energy savings. In fact, LED light bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. So, by making the transition to LEDs, you will significantly reduce your carbon footprint and CO2 emissions.


  1. Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Although washing clothes in hot water is an effective way to get dirty items extra-clean, it is not cheap and of course, has harmful effects on the environment. 

Where possible, wash your clothes in cold water (unless they are heavily soiled garments). Generating hot water for washing increases energy consumption by up to 90%, therefore, by switching to cold water each household has the potential to save a significant amount of energy on a regular basis. What’s more, cool water also slows the fading of colors and shrinking of fabrics, helping your clothes last longer! 


  1. Air Seal Your Ibiza Home

Something we covered in our last article – A Guide for Home Owners in Ibiza, but equally important advice to revisit.  Sealing cracks, gaps, and leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.  Property factors such as roofing, solid walls, ventilation, thermal bridges, water tightness, damp-proofing, and sealing should always be monitored, reviewed, and renewed where possible. If your home has single-paned windows, think about replacing them with more energy-efficient ones.


  1. Clean or Replace All Filters 

Dirty or clogged filters make systems like air conditioners and dryers work harder and longer than necessary.  It is possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 15% with regular cleaning and maintenance that will ensure steady performance and appropriate use of energy. 


  1. Care for Your Refrigerator and Freezer 

As a general rule, refrigerators and freezers operate most efficiently when they are full, so keep all those shelves in use. However, you should not overfill them, since overfilling will restrict airflow and force the device to work harder.  Remember to avoid excessive cooling and energy waste by following the manufacturer’s temperature regulation recommendations and be sure to clean your appliances before ice builds up to ensure they are all running efficiently.


  1. Use Natural Resources for Light, Shade, Heating, and Cooling

Utilise your surrounding natural resources to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and eliminate the need for energy-consuming appliances. During the cooler months, open up the shades and let the sunshine enter to warm your home, or use the shades or tinted window panes to do just the opposite.  And, where it is possible to use the natural light, turn off the lights.  Typically, household lighting accounts for 12 percent of a household’s total energy usage.


  1. Be Mindful of Electronics & Appliances in your Ibiza Villa

Make sure you do not leave your electronics on all day long. It is always recommended to turn off your computer, TV monitor, radio and electrical appliances when they are not in use, and only put them on when you really need them. Also, try to avoid plugging in your mobile phone to charge overnight, it only takes a few hours to charge. 

Bake without peeking! Your oven has to use more energy when the temperature drops every time you peek. If you have time, turn off the oven before the cooking time is up, the heat already generated will be enough to finish the cooking process without using extra energy. 

When possible, use high-energy appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers at night. It is common for utility providers to offer lower energy costs during certain times of the day, and certainly overnight. Making plans to do your laundry overnight will not only help you save money on your energy bills, but you will also be doing the planet a big favor. Finally, air-dry when possible, hang laundry outside or on a drying rack and avoid using the dryer altogether. Household sustainability and energy efficiency can be improved with small yet effective measures.


  1. Be Intentional with Your Ibiza Property Thermostat 

If you set your thermostat just a few degrees higher or lower, depending on the season, you will be able to save about 6% to 8% on your energy bill per degree. Your home will not be noticeably cooled or heated any faster by setting your thermostat at a lower or higher temperature than is necessary. It is highly recommended to install a programmable thermostat for your home that will automatically adjust the temperature according to the schedule you set up.  


  1. Recycle, Reuse and Reduce in Ibiza 

For the year 2019, Ibiza generated an average of 662kg of waste per person. The statistics exceeded the national average by 36.4%. Naturally, Ibiza’s landfill is unable to keep up with this large volume of waste which is why we must be intentional and proactive with our activity of daily living and promote waste reduction.  


European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) - Prestige Properties beach clean up 2021

According to IbizaPreservation, offers the following list of points to keep in mind act upon:

  • Before buying, think twice – buy only what you really need.
  • Avoid excessively packaged items
  • Refuse plastic bags – bring your own bag or basket to the grocery store.
  • Refuse throwaway plastics – choose reusable products.
  • Refuse plastic straws.
  • Take advantage of organic waste to compost.
  • Use the recycling points on the island – yellow, green, and blue bins.
  • Donate the things you no longer use, or sell them at a flea market or auction & buy second-hand items where possible.

Ibiza also has a good network of selective waste collection points with three main containers:

  • Yellow is for "packaging" where you can deposit different types of containers: plastic, aluminum, metal, and Tetra Brik type containers (milk, soup, juice, sugar boxes).
  • The green container is for glass.
  • Blue is intended for "cardboard packaging", where you can deposit cardboard boxes and paper. 


Every contribution is valuable to the whole and all of our actions will make a difference. In the end, the most important thing to remember is that living or staying in an energy-efficient home always creates a cleaner, greener island for both now and in the future.




Resources & Further Information

Solar Energy:
https://ibizapreservation.org/green-info/support-solar-energy
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/actua-en-verde/apoya-la-energia-solar

Saving Water:
https://ibizapreservation.org/green-info/save-water/
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/actua-en-verde/ahorra-agua/

Reduce waste:
https://ibizapreservation.org/green-info/reduce-waste/
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/actua-en-verde/reduce-residuos/

Preventing Forest Fires:
https://ibizapreservation.org/green-info/prevent-forest-fires/
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/actua-en-verde/evita-los-incendios-forestales/

Energy-Efficient Homes:
https://ibizapreservation.org/green-info/energy-efficient-homes/
https://ibizapreservation.org/esp/actua-en-verde/viviendas-eficientes-energeticamente/



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    How to find the Best Real Estate Agency in Ibiza

    You can expect a great experience when buying or selling a home in Ibiza if you work with a real estate agency who knows and understands the market. A reputable and experienced agency is more likely to sell or find your property quickly and efficiently, at the best possible price. But with so many real estate agents available on the island it’s hard to know who to trust. Finding the perfect match may prove more difficult than you expect.

    So, to help with the real estate selection process: here is some useful advice and professional tips on choosing the very best Real Estate Agency in Ibiza.



    Choosing the Right Real Estate Agency in Ibiza

    To begin, you might want to speak to those around you who have recently worked with an Ibiza real estate agency and ask them for recommendations. Finding the right real estate agent is a very personal process and a referral is often an incredibly valuable resource. However, if you are completely new to Ibiza then these may be hard to come by. Either way, we advise any client who is planning to buy or sell a property in Ibiza (with or without recommendations) to follow the advice outlined below to ensure they are working with a trusted realtor.

    Ibiza property with pool and sea view

    Find a Reliable and Professional Real Estate Agent in Ibiza

    Select an agent who is reliable in every sense of the word. Too many real estate agents in Ibiza are working virtually as "one-man bands" without an official, physical office that they can show to the public. You should always be able to visit a reliable real estate agency in person and find out what they’re doing and how they operate.

    Just as an expert in any industry would have education, credentials, professional body certifications, and insurance, real estate should be no different. Look out for agencies that are well-trained and registered to a professional body in Ibiza like PIMEEF and APIBIZA. 

    Experience and professionalism are unmatched advantages when buying or selling a home. Expert agents can help you find the perfect property in your price range, discuss neighbourhood demographics, introduce you to local schools and places of interest, as well as provide accurate valuations for sales, and always negotiate the best price and terms. In other words, a good agent will remain in a client’s corner throughout the entire process and will leave no stone unturned. Even if an individual agent is new to real estate, the experience, and support of the company he or she belongs to is crucial.


    Well-Connected Real Estate Agents in Ibiza

    In Ibiza, great estate agents will be well connected: demonstrating a good portfolio of direct listings and shared listings with partners of integrity. They will be able to provide a full range of services to clients in collaboration with property managers, builders, architects, lawyers, notaries, and gestorias, all in a variety of languages. They will also have access to the entire Ibiza property market, enabling them to offer clients the most suitable home, even if it is listed by another agency.

    Should you list your property with various agencies or just one? Both options have positives and negatives; for a more detailed analysis read our article on "Why sign an exclusive mandate with Prestige".

    villa-ambre-ibiza

    Ibiza Property Agents With the Best Marketing Efficiency and Online Presence 

    It is always essential to go online and search for ‘real estate agencies in Ibiza’. What are the first results you see? How is your potential agency position on Google? Do they appear on the first page?

    The real estate agency that excels in its marketing and online presence will always appear at the top of your Google search results. Additionally, they will have a user-friendly website with a wide range of well-presented properties. Ensure that the property descriptions are well written and there is consistent professional photography, videos, virtual 3D tours, and notes on special features and unique selling points throughout.

    How about their offline marketing? Real estate agents with authority in their industry have regularly printed publicity through billboard advertising, company cars, public relations, and magazines. Finding out your chosen agency’s online presence, presentation and marketing strategy is a clear way to determine its strength in the real estate sector, especially when it comes to selling your home.

    While investigating an agent’s online presence, it’s also a good idea to take a look at their client experiences, which can usually be found on their Facebook or Google Reviews pages.

    Transparency in the Ibiza Property Market

    You should always hire a real estate agent who is upfront, honest and transparent. Don’t be shy to ask questions or ask for all the information you need. Make sure all the fees, costs and general agreements are clearly stated and acceptable to you. It is extremely important that you always feel comfortable during the entire process, that you are properly informed, and you are able to ask every single question you have (regardless of how big or small they may seem). If you ever feel you are being pushed to make any type of a decision, or someone is withholding information, then don’t be afraid to move on. Invest time in finding someone you respect and trust.


    Choose an Ibiza Agent who is Right for You Personally 

    The process of buying and selling a home is considerably less stressful if you work with a professional real estate agency that has the necessary skills, knowledge and infrastructure. Once you’ve narrowed your options down to a handful, contact them and ideally make an appointment at their physical offices to get a real feel for their market placement, work-ethic, and to see if you connect with them on a more personal level too. 


    We hope our article, "15 Great reasons to sell your property with Prestige Properties" will give you confidence that there are estate agents in Ibiza that are every bit as reliable, trustworthy, and efficient as we have described above. 

    Prestige Properties Ibiza - How to find the Best Real Estate Agency in Ibiza
    Prestige Properties Ibiza -  Best Real Estate Agency in Ibiza

    If green living is an important factor to you as a homeowner and citizen, you may wish to consider an agency that advocates for the same environmental practices and ethical awareness. Check and see what kind of Social & Sustainable Activities your chosen Real Estate Agency in Ibiza partakes in and if their values as a company match yours.  For more information on our personal Corporate Social Responsibility follow our link below.


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      Prestige Properties Ibiza – It’s the Season of Giving Back

      Every year around Christmas, Prestige Properties supports a local charity. For 2021, we have chosen two charitable purposes: Ibiza Food Bank, which collects food for people in need, and Peacharoo, a caring heart who is raising funds to build a school for orphans in Uganda. 



      Ibiza Food Bank – Alleviating Poverty in Ibiza

      Image: Food for Ibiza

      Undoubtedly living through a global pandemic, for the last two years, has been quite challenging for everybody. While some were able to rearrange their way of living and working, others have lost their jobs, homes, and loved family members. Particularly here in Ibiza, people have suffered immensely due to the pandemic, as it has had a dramatic impact on the island’s economy. While many were able to work during the summer months, when tourism is booming, many fall into unemployment in winter. 

      As plenty of Ibiza’s inhabitants lose their regular income in winter, they must live from what they’ve earned during the high season, hence finding themselves in a miserable situation, with little or no income, no savings, and in the worst cases, without food. 

      Image: Food for Ibiza

      For this reason, Ibiza Food Bank started their initiative, supporting those who cannot afford to buy food. Their volunteers collect food donations and cash donations across the island. The donated food is then sorted in Playa Den Bossa, stored, and distributed to their charity partners (The Red Cross, Caritas, Mother Teresa Food Bank in Jesus, Equip Voluntario, Food for Ibiza, and Doctors of the World). With their help, around 4000 people are being fed, weekly. 

      To maximise their time and donations, Ibiza Food Bank has partnered up with Carritos Solidarios, making sure to be able to provide enough food during the hard winter months. Together they place trollies at the entrance of around 70 supermarkets in Ibiza, which are accompanied by two volunteers in uniform, encouraging shoppers to leave dry food donations and sanitary items. 

      Image: Food for Ibiza

      It is self-evident that feeding so many hungry people each week is a huge challenge. Furthermore, it is most likely that the number of people who depend on these donations will be rising. Besides their food donations, Ibiza Food Bank adds a 10€ voucher to the food pack to be spent in Spars supermarkets, which are located all around the island, making it easy for everybody to buy in a supermarket close to them. Furthermore, Ibiza Food Bank started a GoFundMe, where everybody can donate money easily, which is being used to top up the food parcels.


      Camino de Santiago for Uganda Orphans

      Image: BHHNP

      Another cause, for which we decided to raise awareness and donate money to is Peacharoo Peachey’s charity. Peacharoo is a good friend of one of our sales agents at Prestige, who started the Camino de Santiago from Valencia by himself in October to raise funds for Ugandan Orphans in rural Kabale. To finance the Camino, he sold all his belongings, as he sees this opportunity as a personal challenge and a possibility to help these kids. 

      Image: BHHNP

      Together with the local project BHHNP, his goal is to raise 70,000€ to buy land with school structures and to pay for the education of 163 orphans. All these kids have lost their parents to diseases. Some of them live with their relatives, others live in the wild, but all of them need food, love, and education. The local project’s objectives are to help the needy people and orphans in their community. It provides educational and medical services, to reduce the number of street kids and people in need. Currently, they are providing food, clothes, personal hygiene articles, and medical services.  

      Image: BHHNP

      From Prestige Properties Ibiza, we want to bring visibility to some of the charity initiatives that are organised by different associations and people of Ibiza. It is paramount we see the island as a whole and with equal opportunities for all, and where there are inequality and need, we desire to stand together to make a difference and create long-lasting improvements for the health and well-being of our local community. Especially this year, with the global impact of the pandemic, we also wanted to focus on a charity abroad.

      If you want to volunteer your time or get involved, check out the links below. Your support and help will be greatly appreciated by those who are struggling to care for themselves. 

      Image: BHHNP

      Ibiza Food Bank:

      Website: https://ibizafoodbank.com/

      Make a direct donation to Ibiza Food Bank via their GoFundme Page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ibiza-food-bank?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet 

      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ibizafoodbank/

      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ibizafoodbank

      Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibizafoodbank

      Camino de Santiago for Uganda Orphans:

      Support Peacharoo and the project in Uganda with your donation!

      GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/camino-de-santiago-for-uganda-orphans?member=14439525&sharetype=teams&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

      Blog: https://peacharootravels.wordpress.com/2021/11/24/day48-caminodesantiago-just-love-and-gratitude-and-all-these-things-xxx/

      Organization BHHNP-Uganda: https://bhhnp-uganda.com/

      Follow Peacharoo on his walk along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

      Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC09arnWhcEluSxYZLKvIIIA


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