Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog by Dean Schmitt, PLLC, Realtor

3 Backyard Wedding Themes You're Going to Love

3 Backyard Wedding Themes You’re Going to Love

3 Backyard Wedding Themes You’re Going to Love

How would you spend $35,000? Would you put a sizable down payment on your future home or travel the world? Some are choosing to spend that much on the pricey 24-hour experience that has become the American wedding. The Knot released its 10th annual The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, revealing that the average cost of a wedding is at an all-time high of $35,329.  Spending more money won’t make your ceremony memorable; in fact, you can use a more modest budget...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips...

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