Summer Energy Saving Tips For Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Residents in the heart of Texas know with our Texas heat soon to be upon us if we aren’t consumer smart our utility bills will eat a hole in our monthly budgets! Stephanie Deluna in our office created a list of some simple and affordable ways to save energy and money this summer:

 

 

 

Windows

Having the right window treatments installed on your home can reduce heat gain; therefore, reducing the amount of energy you will use to cool your home. Many window treatments are also more affordable than purchasing new windows. The U.S. Department of Energy has a long list of energy saving window treatments and coverings that will save you money 365 days a year. For more information, visit:http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/energy-efficient-window-treatments.

 

Thermostat

When away from home, be sure to set your thermostat warmer than normal. The Department of Energy suggests setting thermostats at 78°F (26°C) when home. If that’s not cool enough for comfort, turn on a ceiling fan. With the help of air conditioning, a ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

 

 

Maintaining your cooling system

It is important to schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner to keep it running as efficiently as possible. The easiest way to maintain your cooling system is by changing air filters routinely. Dirty air filters block normal air flow. The Department of Energy says that keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioners energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

 

Appliances and lighting

One thing everyone remembers is parents and teachers telling them to turn off lights and appliances when not in use to save electricity. During the summer, it is especially important to not waste energy. In the kitchen, avoid cooking with an oven if possible. Remember, every time you open your oven door, heat escapes. Take cooking outside- everyone loves a backyard BBQ in the summer time.

 

Turn to natural light to brighten your home, and replace your light bulbs with energy-saving incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diode (LEDs). To compare your lighting options, visit: http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/lighting-choices-save-you-money

 

Sealing your home

Sealing openings will keep your home comfortable year-round. Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home and cold air from coming into your home during the winter months. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. For a complete DIY guide to sealing your home, visit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=diy.diy_index.

 

This community service announcement is brought to you by Dorie Dillard, your NWAustin real estate professional with Coldwell Banker United Realtors.

 

If you are reading this post and have a home to sell in NW Austin I would be happy to help you. The Austin real estate market is experiencing a paradigm shift and it is considered an excellent time to sell your home. Let me put my expertise to work for you. Call me at 512-346-1799.

 

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Rainmaker
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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All wonderful energy saving suggestions.  I know what the heat can be like in Texas, my brother lived in The Woodlands for 15 years and I visited often.

Mar 29, 2013 11:18 PM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Dorie. You have done a fabulous job here in setting forth really good and money saving tips. Great job and suggested.

Mar 29, 2013 11:27 PM #10
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Dorie, these are wonderful suggestions for everyone, no matter where they live, to save energy and save money. While the initial investment might be high, for anyone staying in a house for the longer term, there is a positive return on their investment.  

Mar 29, 2013 11:40 PM #11
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Debbie Laity
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Hi, Dorie...this is great information for everyone. Before you know it, the summer heat will be here and now is a great time to run through your checklist and do things like maintain your cooling system. Happy Easter!!!

Mar 30, 2013 12:13 AM #12
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Dorie,

I am telling client's all the time what they can do to conserve energy and reduce their energy bills.

Many listen and take control.

But there are still the few who want to keep things the way they are and take no steps to reduce their energy consumption.

Thanks for the link. Suggested.

have a great Saturday and an even Better Easter in Austin and Canyon Creek Texas.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 30, 2013 12:33 AM #13
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Bob: Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter week-end to you!

Hi Anita: Everyone is interested in saving money!

Hi Janis: It will be here before you know it!

Hi Gabe: You are right about that :).

Hi Merline: Same for us:).

Mar 30, 2013 01:05 AM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Larry & Sheila: I'm amazed too!

Hi Roger: In the Woodlands it is more humid than Austin so know what you mean!

Hi Sheila: Thank you!

Hi Joanna: I couldn't agree more with you!

Hi Debbie: Happy Easter week-end to you also!

 

Mar 30, 2013 01:07 AM #15
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Clint: Thank you!!!

Mar 30, 2013 01:08 AM #16
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Dorie, I know that I probably won't be saying this in a few months but, I'm SO looking forward to warm weather!!  Spring is here but, it's still too cool for me!  ;-)  Smart tips for for summer energy saving!

Mar 30, 2013 02:26 AM #17
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

These are some good tips Dorie!  Especially the AC filters - they should be replaced or cleaned every month!

Mar 30, 2013 02:37 AM #18
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Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Good tips and they will all help. I'm with Jay on the filter. Many systems run the fan at a higher speed when the A/C kicks on so clean filters become even more inportant.

Mar 30, 2013 02:44 AM #19
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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I have discovered a little trick to help keep cooler air inside on homes with attached garages. Insulate the garage door entrance from garage to home, and weather strip. Thanks for your tips today,  

Mar 30, 2013 04:55 AM #20
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John Holmes
Keller Williams Realty Flagship of Maryland - Severna Park, MD

Great tips.  Ideas like these are always great to pass on to past clients.

Mar 30, 2013 06:59 AM #21
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Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR
Broker, CRIS, SFR, CDPE

Thank you for sharing the tips Dorie; they are grea. We usually have a week (in a year) when the weather gets really hot (around 100 degree). We have to remember to close all of the window blinds before leaving the house!

Mar 30, 2013 07:36 AM #22
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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
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Great tips Dorrie.  We sure do need these here in our hot Texas sun.  It is upon us.

Mar 30, 2013 08:42 AM #23
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Debbie Reynolds
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Dorie, Summer will be here before we know it and these tips will save money and who doesn't want to save money?

Mar 30, 2013 11:08 AM #24
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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We're still a few months out from our warm summer weather here in the Pacific NW, but your tips are good when it does hit.  Happy Easter!!

Mar 30, 2013 12:17 PM #25
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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Dorie   - The snow is melting and soon the warm weather will return. These are great energy saving tips.. and we will all enjoy having a few extra dollars in our pockets.

Mar 30, 2013 12:27 PM #26
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Dorie, excellent advice. We will follow it and pass it along. Thanks for posting.
Mar 30, 2013 01:00 PM #27
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Dorie -- Summer isn't too far off, and these energy-saving tips are good ones.  Last year I changed out all my lightbulbs from incandescent to CFLs and LEDs and instantly saved $60/mo in my electric bill!

Mar 30, 2013 04:56 PM #28
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