Ways To Save Money Around Your Home

Once you have purchased your home, it costs money to maintain. There are some surprisingly easy ways to save your hard-earned cash when it comes to day to day living in your home, as well as home maintenance. Her are some tips.

#1: Minimize your use of traditional light bulbs.
Incandescent light bulbs cause homeowners to throw away a lot of money every month due to high electric bills. Replacing your old bulbs with LED bulbs can help save you huge amounts of money over time. Over its life span, traditional bulbs can use up to $180 worth of electricity, whereas LED bulbs will use only $30 per bulb.

#2: Fix leaky faucets.
Leaky faucets not only waste gallons of water, which is a precious resource, but you’ll end up paying a lot of money for unused water. Getting your faucet replaced is an important task and could end up saving you a lot on your water bill.

#3: Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are an amazing invention that allow homeowners to customize the temperature of their homes the way they like. The best part: you’re not wasting energy running your heating or cooling system while you’re away at work or on vacation. For example, if you plan to be away at work for most of the day during a hot summer day, program the system to shift up a few degrees while you’re gone, then set it to turn back down shortly before you turn home so it’s nice and cool. There is no use heating or cooling an empty home.

#4: Check your windows and doors.
Are the windows or doors in your home leaky? This is a great way for air to leak in or out and ultimately cause homeowners to pay excessive amounts in wasted energy. Be sure to caulk leaky windows and seal doors with rubberized weather-stripping on the sides and bottom. If your windows and doors are old and inefficient, consider replacing the windows and doors fully in your home. This will not only allow for energy efficiency, but it will also help add value to your home.

Summer is winding down. Are you ready to make the leap into home ownership this fall or are you ready to sell your home and move into your dream home? I have more than two decades of experience as a Realtor® and can help you start the process and can provide tips along the way. I love working with people around Clark County and am glad to help you with the information you need to start your adventure.

 

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm
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How New Thermostats Can Benefit Your Home

Winter isn’t over yet and chances are, your heater has been working hard already these last couple of months. But did you know that your heater can only do so much in keeping you comfortable? Your thermostat plays a direct role in how your heating and cooling system operates. If you have an old thermostat, consider upgrading it. Here’s why:

Reason #1: The temperature in your home will be accurate.
Older thermostats are likely not efficient and usually, they have great variation between temperatures. This could mean that the rooms in your home could be unevenly heated on those cold days of winter. In addition, inefficient thermostats can also cause utility bills to increase, which means you’re paying more than you need to every month. By upgrading to a digital thermostat, you’ll be able to use digital display or push buttons that can help you set the temperature to exactly what you want. This ability to have an accurate set temperature translates to having a warmer, more comfortable home throughout.

Reason #2: Convenience.
Programmable thermostats will change how you interact with your home’s heating system. You won’t need to worry about manually adjusting your thermostat every time you want to make an adjustment. Instead, set the temperatures one time and let the thermostat do the rest of the work. For instance, if you program the thermostat to turn off or turn down the heat when you go to work, then have it set to come back on right before you get home, you’ll save yourself time.

Reason #3: Utilize smart technology.
Technology is always changing and it’s integrated into almost all parts of our daily lives. Your thermostats, heating system, and other appliances in your home aren’t any exception. If you choose to upgrade your thermostat to one that uses “smart technology”, you could connect it to your Internet and keep track of your energy usage. You could also set it up so you can program your thermostat while you’re away from the home and you can even access energy reports, which could help offer tips on how to minimize any negative impact you’re having on the environment.

There are a variety of smart thermostats on the market today for your home. You can contact your local heating and cooling supplier or make a trip to your nearest home improvement store to see what is out there. Research which one might work best for your specific space and soon you’ll be comfortable while saving money!

Posted on February 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm
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Ready for Summer? 4 Tips to Beat The Heat

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With triple digit heat this past weekend, it’s evident that the warm days of summer have arrived and it is time to start preparing for the upcoming months. Here are some helpful tips that can help you stay cool and comfortable, even on the hottest days of the summer months.

  1. Keep natural light and warmth at bay.
    On a hot and sunny day, it’s so nice to open the windows and take in the beauty of nature – the sights, sounds, and smells. But remember that if your home is open too long, it is easy for it to heat up fast and before you know it, your home will have trapped air inside of it for the remainder of the day. It’s usually ok to keep your windows and doors open early in the morning to allow cool air in, that way you can get some cool air flow going and you’ll be able to use your air conditioner less throughout the day.  If your home faces the sun during the day, try keeping the curtains closed for the majority of the day to maintain a cool inside temperature.
  2. Caulk windows.
    If your windows are not caulked, air will leak out and unknowingly, you’ll be wasting significant energy. You will also be allowing hot air in through small cracks. Windows are one of the key areas that air is lost, so buy some high quality clear caulking material and run it around all of your window seams. An inexpensive caulking tool can also help you apply it in a straight line.
  3. Make good use of shades and fans.
    This is one of the simplest ways to save money and prepare for hot summer weather: turn on some high powered fans and use window coverings to keep the room dark and cool.  Be sure that the shades on your windows are down during the sunniest and warmest part of the day – this can help keep the inside temperatures lower and balanced.
  4. Replace cracked windows.
    Do you have cracked panes in your windows? This will let hot air in and increase the temperature of your home. If you have windows with cracked or broken panes, get them replaced so you can stay cool and save energy. Replace them with energy efficient windows and you’ll likely see a reduction in overall heating and cooling costs throughout the year.

Your home is your oasis and you want to feel comfortable in it! Following some simple tips like this will help you enjoy summer to its fullest.

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 4:34 am
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