Don't Touch the A/C! 7 Tips to Stay Cool and Save Money

a pair of sunglasses in a field outsideIt's easy to just crank up the air conditioning during the hottest months of summer. Sure, the energy bill may be higher, but it's worth the extra expense to keep your home cool — right? Or are there any sure-fire ways to save money and stay cool indoors?

Before you reach for the thermostat, try these DIY energy-saving tips to keep your home comfortable and keep you from breaking the bank.

1. Raise the A/C Temperature — Yes, Really

It's better to keep the air conditioning down, but if you want to keep it on, raise the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. When you're at home (or have buyers viewing your home), set the thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius). When you're away, set the thermostat to 85 Fahrenheit (29 Celsius).

The trick is to find the temperature that's comfortable, not too cold or too hot. This is crucial if you're selling your during the summer. No buyer wants to step inside and still be sweating during a showing!

2. Wash Dishes and Do Laundry at Night

You'll want to avoid using as many heat-generating appliances or lights as you can during the summer. Use your dishwasher, dryer, or oven only during the coolest parts of the day, either in the early morning or evening. You can even air-dry your dishes and use the stove or microwave instead of the oven.

3. Unplug Electronics When You're Not Using Them

Did you know your appliances still use power when plugged in, even if they're turned off? One way to reduce your energy bill during the summer is by unplugging anything that you're not using.

4. Close the Blinds During the Day

a living room with a couch and sheer curtainsA little bit of sun can make a huge difference in your home's indoor temperature. Cut down on the sunlight streaming in through your windows (east- and west-facing windows in particular) by closing the blinds and curtains and replacing heavier curtains with sheer ones.

During summer home showings, however, you still want to let in a little natural light to brighten up your home. Make it count.

5. Turn the Fans On

If your home has ceiling fans, use them. According to the US Department of Energy, using a ceiling fan will let you raise the thermostat by 4 degrees Fahrenheit without changing how comfortable your home feels indoors.

6. Replace Your Incandescent Light Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs give off a lot of heat compared with compact fluorescent lights and LED bulbs. A small but effective way to keep your home comfortable (and save some money in the process) is to replace any incandescent bulbs with more energy-efficient ones.

7. Find the Gaps and Close Them

How well is your home insulated? Is any heat getting in from a leaky door or window? Seal any cracks with caulk or weatherstripping to keep the cool air inside.

Summerize Your Home for Showings

a decluttered living roomWhen you're selling your home during the summer, remember that home showings are all about brightening your home and making it look and feel comfortable. You don't have to crank up the A/C for home buyers during a showing. You can use these energy-saving tips to make it cooler indoors without having to pay those higher energy bills.

We have plenty of other tips to help you sell your home. Call us and let's talk.

Housing Market Predictions for 2018

Predicting trends in the housing market from year to year can be challenging, even for the experts. This is especially true when there are factors at play like changes in tax laws and changes in leadership, as no one knows quite what those changes will bring. Anything from natural disasters to heated political climates can affect the housing market, and in today’s tumultuous world, it’s harder than ever to predict real estate trends. Still, here are some predictions from experts on what 2018 will bring for homebuyers and sellers

A couple in front of their new house

Low Inventory...Still 

Since about 2012, supply for homes has been low while demand has been sky-high, and that doesn’t look to be changing this year. According to an article from Forbes, recent data shows that in November 2017 there were 653,347 homes for sale across the country. In November 2010 there were 967,604. This shortage of homes has caused values to soar in many popular markets, leading to bidding wars among would-be buyers. But some experts think that 2018 will bring more inventory than 2017, although not by much. Their reasoning? The current market is unsustainable, as prices are rising much faster than wages, and eventually reluctant sellers, often older people who have been in their homes for years, will be forced into the market. Experts also expect builders, who flocked to rebuild in disaster-ravaged areas after last year’s hurricanes, to start breaking ground in their building markets again. 

Millennials Have Entered the Market

Millennials—in this case, classified as those born after 1980—are getting older, and they’re finally settling down. They were slow to enter the housing market, many preferring to rent homes or apartments instead. However, now that many of them are married with children, they’re finally searching for homes of their own. But it isn’t just families who are buying; according to Forbes, single Millennials are buying at faster rates than single people from generations past.

Prices Are Rising...Somewhat

Home prices have skyrocketed over the last few years, and that won’t be changing in 2018. The silver lining, though, is that real estate experts don’t expect prices to rise quite as much this year. Last year, from January through October, average home prices increased by 5.92 percent, according to the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, with gains of up to 12.7 percent in popular cities like Seattle. While prices are still expected to rise, they might not be as drastic this year, bringing hopeful buyers a little bit of good news as they calculate their mortgage payments.

If you are looking to sell, buy or invest in real estate and are looking for a team of Realtors in Central Ohio, contact The Rudler Team at 614-895-7400, available seven days a week, to start searching for your dream home! You can also search online through our active listings. Our team can provide you with a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help get you the home you want.

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