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Winter Energy Saving Tips

259301_4451The Winter heating season is already underway; for many in the Northwest this year means even higher energy costs.

Heating costs can make up 45% of your Winter energy bill. Hefty energy bills don’t have to dampen your holiday season however! Here are some great tips to help you save on staying warm during the cold months.

First, do an energy audit. You can do this yourself by taking a look at your energy bill and thinking of ways that you can cut back on non-heat related costs. This may be as simple as unplugging electronics that aren’t in use, or turning off lights in rooms that you’re not going to be using.

Set the thermostat at 68 when you are home; even lower if you are not going to be home. Don’t let it slip below 58 degrees if you live in a really cold area. By just setting the temperature a little lower for a few hours a day you can save over 10% on your bill in most cases.

Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees to cut back on heat lost to the environment. Heating water can account up to 18% of your energy bill so it’s good to insulate your water heater and also any pipes that carry hot water as well.

Seal up air leaks. Use a candle to test windows for drafts. If you find a draft you can seal the edges of windows with caulking or spray foam depending on the size of the leak. Also consider under door sweeps for exterior doors.

Window glass can be a big reason your home loses heat. Clear windows on the South side of your home to let as much natural light and heat in as possible. If you don’t have double paned windows, you can also keep drapes closed or use a window insulation kit to help keep cold air from coming in from the outside.

Don’t hesitate to contact a local handyman or home service provider to ask them for advice on improving your home efficiency, in some cases they will have tips that can help, or you can even hire them to come and fix the issues for you.

Saving pennies can make sense in the long run! Don’t get all heated up over high energy bills this Winter! Still looking for that perfect home? We can help!  RE/MAX Elite Properties specializes in the best homes in the Treasure Valley including Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and more!

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Home Maintenace Tips

Routine maintenance is just part of protecting the investment that is your home. It can be hard to know exactly what to do and when – often leaving things to go unfixed until they are broken.These tips can help you not only prevent costly repairs before they become a problem but can also help you run your home more efficiently; save you money on your monthly bills.

Inspect the exterior of your home annually:
Check the foundation for signs of cracks.
Check the weather stripping around doors and windows.
Check for holes in the siding.
Check for water in the crawlspace and attic.
Check paint for peeling,fading, or blistering.

Before Winter:
Drain and shut off outside faucets.
Blow out sprinkler lines.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Clean leaves and mulch from under eaves – also especially from around foundation walls.
Have your chimney cleaned.

Other good ideas:
Drain a galloon from your hot water heater twice a year to extend it’s life.
Check faucets for drips as well as other plumbing at least once a month.
Check your dryer vent and stove hood monthly and clean as needed.
Inspect and repair any tile grout every six month.
Change the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year.

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