Homeowner energy- saving tips

Real-Estate Watch

Homeowner energy- saving tipsBy CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty

Everyone always wants to save a buck! Getting great deals on Amazon or at Walmart is not the only way to be a smart shopper and save. Saving money on your monthly energy bills is also a great idea. And using less energy helps save the planet too! It’s entirely up to you how much energy you use each month while keeping warm or keeping the house lit up with less daylight hours this season. Here are some easy ways to save energy and feel good about it:

• Unplug Idle Electronics – Many people are not aware, but keeping electronic items plugged in while they are not in use still drains energy from the power source, depending upon the item. For instance, iPads, TVs, DVD players or powered speakers can sometimes draw power despite being turned off. A newer device aimed to help those who easily forget to unplug these items is called a smart plug. Using a smart plug or a smart surge protector can help save on power.

• Use Appliances Accordingly – A dishwasher is more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand. Remember, washing full loads at a time will also help reduce water waste. The same goes with washing clothes with a full load. And a larger air conditioner will use less energy to cool a home than a smaller unit. Using an Energy Star appliance, such as a refrigerator or a pool pump, is an investment that can significantly reduce the cost of your energy bill as well.

• Consider the Adage ‘Windows Open, Fans on’ – In the warmth of the Ridgecrest summer, never underestimate the power of a fan and an open window. We can often get so used to air conditioning that we forget to take a moment and enjoy a fresh breeze provided by nature. If you get it just right, it’s possible to relax in a natural flow with ceilings fans turned on. They’re installed. Use them!

• Replace Lightbulbs and Windows – Remember to replace all lightbulbs in your home with energy-efficient bulbs. And if the budget allows, replace all windows with energy-efficient windows. This will significantly reduce energy bills. Many who have taken these steps will testify to the difference.

• Install a Smart Thermostat – Using a programable thermostat allows for a much more “hands-on” approach to energy use based on climate control. Left your house and forgot to turn off the heater? Use an app on your smartphone to make the adjustment.

For many, saving money takes a conscious effort until a new habit is established. Try some of these new ideas, and when the bill arrives next month, you’ll be happy you did. Who doesn’t want to have an extra dollar in their pocket to spend at the end of the month?

Need more energy advice? Give me, Clint Freeman, a call at 760-382-1082, and let’s talk!

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RIDGECREST FACTS AS OF DECEMBER 2018

To date there are 112 homes on the market ranging from $59,900 to $574,900. The past three months’ prices-per-square-foot average of sold single-family homes are College Heights $156, NW $137, NE $141, SE $119, SW $113 and RC Heights $135.

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CALIFORNIA FAST FACTS

The California median home price is $572,000, with the lowest median home prices Lassen at $148,000 and Ridgecrest at $215,000. The highest median home price per region is San Francisco at $1,600,000.

Story First Published: 2018-12-07