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In a perfect world, every homebuyer would get exactly the home they want, in the price range wanted, and it would even be eco-friendly. Sometimes, concessions have to be made. Luckily, being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be one of those concessions.

April will be New Homes Month, and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has shown how new homes increasingly offer the energy-efficient features homebuyers seek. Surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of homebuyers and that builders are responding to this demand.

There is an impact on the environment for every little small thing that we do in our daily life. If we shift towards eco-friendly products, we can contribute to saving our environment. Switching to

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If you’re getting ready to move from an apartment to a new home, there might be some aspects of home maintenance that you haven’t thought about yet.

One of the perks of moving from an apartment might be leaving the communal laundry room behind and having your own washer and dryer.

Even though having your own washer and dryer is super convenient and means you don’t need to keep a stash of quarters for laundry, having your own laundry space does come with some work. Are you ready for it?

If left unattended, a burst washing machine hose can drain gallons and gallons of water an hour. Not only will you have a larger water bill, but you’ll also have a mess to clean up and possibly water damage to your surrounding area.

Likewise, a dryer can

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It’s really starting to heat up in Hampton Roads. Pretty soon the occasional cool days and nights will give way to long stretches of hot weather. Spring is lovely in our home for many reasons, but the most financially lovely reason is the low energy bills from opening the house and enjoying the cool temps. When summer comes, we have to turn on the air conditioner, and there is always a jump in our energy bill. To help ease the pain of the changing seasons, check out these 5 tips on cutting down your bill.

1. Keep your filters clean. The harder your air conditioner has to work, the more energy it is going to use. In the summer months, check your filters about once a month. If they are clean, and air is flowing through them easily, you are sure to save

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Summer Energy Savings

Summertime has arrived and along with outdoor BBQ’s, and activities comes: you guessed it, heat. As we know, the heat gives rise to an excessive use of air conditioning units and other devices designed to keep us cool. This can lead to a higher energy bill.  Keeping energy costs low while doing a favor for the environment is a careful balance, especially when you are facing the dog days of summer. So, we have a few tips to help keep your bills low and keep cool as well:

  1. Open your windows to reduce use of A/C units.

Using A/C units is undoubtedly a great way to drive up energy costs, so opening a window or two and running it half the time could save a lot of money in the long run.

  1. Make your A/C more efficient

Regular maintenance as well

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Energy Saving Tip #2 - Saving Money & Energy On Your Holiday Light Display

I know we just had Halloween and recovering from all the sugar shock from the candy.  However, as I am shopping there are already holiday decorations and even Christmas trees displays out already.  Time to start preparing for all of your holiday plans for 2011.  

Here are a few tips on how you can possibly save up to 50% on your energy bill during the holiday season.  

1.  Switch to LED lights compared to incadescent holiday lights 

  • LED lights last longer ( roughly 20,000 hours - enough for 40 holiday seasons)
  • LED lights are cooler which will reduce the risk of fire and injury
  • LED lights can save 90% or more energy compared to incandescent holiday lights
  • LED lights
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Energy Saving Tip #1 - Properly Insulate Your Attic

Dominion Virginia Power shares an easy way to help save energy costs while also keeping your home a bit warmer during the winter by properly insulating your attic.  So, if your attic is easily accessible and you like home improvement projects this could be an easy first step to get started in making your home more energy efficient.  

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