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Saving On Energy In The home

There is perhaps nothing more annoying than receiving a high energy bill, especially when you have had as many heat waves as we have had this summer.  While some of this might be obvious, we thought it might be a good idea give refresher on a couple ways to cut energy costs.

  1. Close the blinds and curtains

    While it may make it a little dark in the home, closing the blinds and curtains will keep the sun and any excessive heat out. This action will in turn prevent the air conditioner from having to run more frequently and for longer periods of time. If your home doesn’t have an air conditioner, it will also help keep the room temperature at bay in the home.

  2. Appliances

    Try running them on off peak times. Hydro companies charge less during these hours – check your service provider for rates and times.

    Also, if budget permits, consider purchasing or replacing your appliances with green energy efficient products.  You may also find that there are added incentives and discounts from manufacturers when purchasing such products.

  3. Power Bars, electronics and lights

    Make sure to turn off power bars, unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use. You may be surprised at the amount of energy being used by them.  Making this simple change will help to decrease your energy usage, helping to lower your costs.

  4. Water Heater

Turn down your water heater! While  we all enjoy having hot water, you may be surprised to find that you can still achieve the water temperature you desire even with your water heater set at a lower temperature. Remember: keeping it at a high temperature requires a significant more amount of energy.

  1. Maintenance

    Maintaining your home, its devices and appliances play an important role in energy efficiency. When your appliances aren’t maintained properly, they don’t run as efficiently and this can contribute to increased energy costs.

For coupons and more tips on saving energy visit www.saveonenergy.ca.  This is a great resource for any home owner.

Why Having A Clean Garage Is Important

Our garage is one part of the home that at some point, everyone has vowed to keep clean and organized. It also has a tendency to become the homes storage centre. As many of us can probably attest, it’s not uncommon to see cars parked in the driveway due to a cluttered garage filled with yard tools, bikes, toys etc. What many don’t realize is that an organized garage will not only look great, but it can help the resale value of your home down the road, should you choose to sell.

While organizing a garage will take some time and effort, it can be easily achieved with some quick fixes.  If you were ever thinking about having a garage sale, now might be the perfect time.  After all, they’re called “garage sales” for a reason.

The first recommendation would be to familiarize yourself with what exactly is in your garage.  Do you need the old newspapers in boxes from your last move?  Have the kids grown out of those bikes?  Will you ever use they dusty table saw in the back corner? Once you establish what it is you want to purge and what is you want to keep, you will be able to move on to the next step; organization.

Try to group your items into categories like: toys, seasonal, lawn care, automotive etc.  Once that has been established, you can decide how you want it organized.  Stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Canadian Tire offer many different storage products that are not only affordable, but customizable.  Consider placing shelving along the ceiling of the garage to open up floor space for your vehicles.  Storage bins are also a great idea. Consider defining a garbage and recycling area that is convenient and out of the way.  If you really want to take organization to the next level, consider a label maker so that you know exactly what everything is and where it is.

If during your clean-up you find that you have hazardous materials such as old paint cans, car batteries etc. that you need to dispose of, please visit the City of Burlington’s website at https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/garbage-and-recycling.asp to find out where and how to properly get rid of such materials.

When all is said and done, you will not only find your garage more accessible – when you’re ready to sell, it’s one last task you’ll be facing.

Home Buyers Not Deterred by February’s Cold

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1079 property sales processed through it’s MLS® system in February 2015. This represents a 13.9 per cent increase in sales compared to February of last year.

There were 1450 properties listed in February, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to the same month the year prior. End-of-month listing inventory was 11.3 per cent lower than last February.

“The record cold month of February didn’t keep the buyers away,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe. “Sales were not only up from last year, but were about five per cent higher than the average for the month of February.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties in Burlington, Ontario for Feb 2015

“While there were more new listings in February of this year than there were last February, new listings are still about 12 per cent lower than the 10-year average for the month,” added Godsoe. “That is having an impact on the listing inventory. The higher than average sales coupled with lower than average new listings plus continued low listing inventory is keeping our area firmly in a seller’s market.”

If you’re looking for someone to help you buy or sell a home in Burlington, ON get in touch with Burlington’s Top REALTOR® Lori VanDinther.