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Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

Stay Cool While Lowering Your Cooling Costs This Summer

According to EnergyStar, if just one in ten households used EnergyStar certified cooling and heating, it could prevent the equivalent of 1.1 million cars' emissions. But if you're not ready to upgrade your cooling system just yet, there are still ways to lighten the impact during hot summer months:

  1. Replace the air filter. A dirty air filter can decrease the system's efficiency by 2%. Most forced-air systems require filters to be replaced every three months. However, remodeling or doing other projects in the home may require you to replace filters more frequently because of the extra dust that is created.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. Setting the thermostat between 4-7 degrees higher at night can save you as much as $180 a year. If you're not one to set programs, consider a thermostat that uses smart technology to sense movement, which can save you money when you're not home.
  3. “Summerize” your home. While we're used to winterizing for maximum savings in the winter, the same can be done in the summer. A tighter home not only keeps the cold winter air out, but also keeps cool, conditioned air in! Use a caulk gun to seal up any leaks around windows and doors. Also, according to the EnergyStar site, sealing leaks in air ducts can increase efficiency by 20%!

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Getting Ready To Sell?

Here are a few tips to save money, time and stress:

  • Make needed repairs and address any mechanical or structural issues in the home before putting it up for sale, since these often result in re-negotiation after the buyer's home inspection. Some homeowners go as far as having their home inspected by a licensed Home Inspector, just so there are no surprises after an offer is accepted.
  • Hire the right agent for you and your particular situation. This agent will be key to every aspect of the listing and sale of your home: Staging, Pricing, Marketing, and eventually Negotiating the best price for your home. You'll need maximum web exposure for your listing, and pricing and negotiation skills are going to be key.
  • Staging your home for sale. This first requires an unbiased walk around the home and property, noting areas where your home needs some de-cluttering or furniture needs rearranging. This is where agents come in handy, since they see more houses than anyone and know buyer likes and dislikes.
  • Give your home the best cleaning it's ever seen. Soon, buyers will be coming through the door and inspecting every inch of your home –not to mention that photos will be taken for the online listing! They are the first impression the home will make, so you'll want rooms to look big, clean and bright.

Contact us to find the right REALTOR to work with you every step of the way.

List Your Property With Byron Realty

5 Reasons to list your home with Byron Realty:

  • Working with a small, independent company like Byron offers more flexibility than the large franchises. We can save you money while delivering the best results possible.
  • We have not one but two popular web sites to feature your home on: and We also post our listings on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
  • Your home will also be featured on top Real Estate sites like Zillow, Trulia and
  • Our agents are trained in the latest technologies for Real Estate professionals. Transaction management using DotLoop and market reports using Realtor Property Resource. These tools allow us to work efficiently and help us stay ahead of the market.
  • We are hardworking people like you, doing the best job we can for our clients, so they can move on with their goals. We will work with you every step of the way to sell your home for the best price possible.

Contact us today for a free Market Analysis. Find out what your home is worth in today's changing market!