7 Energy Saving Ideas For Your Home

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Unplug Appliances When Not In Use

Many appliances that we don’t think twice about leaving plugged in can actually continue to draw power, even if they are turned off.  Unplugging these things until we use them can save money on electrical bills each month, especially in the hot Texas summer when all energy goes to the A/C to make sure we don’t burn to death.

Consider:

  • Toasters, Coffeemakers, Standing Mixers
  • Hair Dryers, and other hair care appliances
  • Sound systems, TVs, Computers
  • Lamps
  • Chargers

Close Blinds to Keep Out Excess Sunlight

In the summer especially, the warm sun coming in the windows can heat the inside of your home, which makes your A/C work harder, and in turn raises your energy bills.  If you’re not using a particular room, keep the shades drawn to keep the sun out, and this will save energy!  Vampires must have lovely energy bills.

Or, in winter months, open all the blinds to allow the sun to warm your home naturally.

 

Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Does the temperature of the water really make that much of a difference in how clean your clothes are?  With the exception of a few things like towels, bedding, and unmentionables (I wash all of these on hot), using cold water to wash your clothes could save you over $60 a year on your energy bill!

Now, I am kind of OCD about my laundry, and if you are like me, then you question cold water, but come on, that’s 6 Chipotle burritos we are talking about.

 

Lower the Temperature of Your Water Heater

I know you probably like to have the potential of being scalded when you turn on the faucet or shower, but if you lower your water heater temperature from manufacturer standard 140° to 120°, it could save you a lot of money in energy costs.  Water heating uses about 15-20% of your monthly energy.

There’s really no reason for it to be any higher anyway, and it will still kill the same amount of germs on your dirty laundry if you wash with hot water. (Sorry, I’m back to that.)  And you won’t burn yourself washing dishes.  Hooray!

 

Replace Incandescent Bulbs with CFLs

Now, I would roll my eyes too if someone told me to replace all my light bulbs, but hear me out.  The lighting in your home draws about 10% of the energy costs.  You could save as much as 75% on your bills by switching to compact fluorescent bulbs.  They cost a bit more than incandescents so my advice is this: when one burns out, replace it with an energy efficient light bulb instead of the cheap incandescents.  Over time, you will save more and more money on lighting energy!  CFLs last a lot longer too, so you won’t be spending to replace them every six months.

 

Change Your Air Filters Regularly

I know.  It’s gross pulling that thing out to see all the gunk that sticks in there.  But be thankful that you didn’t breathe it in!  Dirty air filters can make air flow pass much slower into your home, making the HVAC system work harder.  Replacing your filters monthly can reduce the energy used to push the air through a clogged filter.  And maybe it won’t be so terrifying to look at since you aren’t changing it every six months or so.

 

Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

You can grumble that I said “purchase,” but even though these can be expensive (Matthew McConaughey’s voice as the Nest Thermostat is speaking in my head right now), they could save you big bucks.  If you set the thermostat 10 degrees lower or higher for eight hours a night, you could save around 10% on your yearly energy bills.  So, it pays for itself in a year or less.  It doesn’t even have to be at night!  If you are not home all day, why not let it be programmed for that time?  Your cat won’t suffer in the heat or the cold.  They have fur, a fancy term for temperature insulation.  I like cool nights, so this is a better alternative for me.  (My animals are not neglected by house temperature)

 

So there you have it.  I could probably go on for days about energy saving tips, but these, to me, are important ones that I utilize in my own home.  (Though I should be better about the laundry temperature.)  These are not hard to do, especially if you work full time and don’t have time to caulk your windows and clean your chimney shaft.

Tax Rates 2016 for Lantana, TX 76226

 

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Lantana, TX are:

Denton ISD

Total: 2.7884%

City/Water: 1.000

ISD: 1.54

County: 0.2484

 

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

Tax Rates in Argyle, TX 76226

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Flower Mound, TX are:

Argyle ISD

Total: 2.2159%

City/Water: 0.3975

ISD: 1.57

County: 0.2484

Denton ISD:

Total: 2.1859%

City/Water: 0.3975

ISD: 1.54

County: 0.2484

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

Tax Rates in Double Oak, TX 75077

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Double Oak, TX are:

Denton ISD

Total: 2.0208%

City/Water: 0.2324

ISD: 1.54

County: 0.2484

Lewisville ISD:

Total: 1.9008%

City/Water: 0.2324

ISD: 1.420

County: 0.2484

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

Tax Rates in Highland Village, TX 75077

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Highland Village, TX are:

Frisco ISD

Total: 2.278%

City/Water: 0.5696

ISD: 1.46

County: 0.2484

Lewisville ISD:

Total: 2.238%

City/Water: 0.5696

ISD: 1.420

County: 0.2484

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

Tax Rates for Bartonville, TX 76226

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Bartonville, TX are:

Argyle ISD

Total: 2.0113%

City/Water: 0.1929

ISD: 1.57

County: 0.2484

 

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

Tax Rates in Flower Mound, TX 75028

It’s that time of year again.  The year is over!  Meaning a half-way point for teachers, a fiscal beginning for businesses, and that the gym is over-crowded with resolutioners that are really going to get fit this year.

And taxes, glorious taxes.(For those of you who can’t read sarcasm in this, note it.)

Because I got married and changed careers this year, I basically feel like I’ve been given a knife and asked to build a house.  My finances have transferred from mine to ours, and as a business woman, I want to do the best that I can to make sure that my taxes are done correctly and successfully.  That’s why studying and becoming knowledgeable on everything that could affect our taxes is one of my priorities.  Taxes are complex, but knowing the facts in your area can benefit you for what comes in the next year.

The city tax rates for 2016 in Flower Mound, TX are:

Argyle ISD

Total: 2.257%

City/Water: 0.439

ISD: 1.57

County: 0.2484

 

Lewisville ISD:

Total: 2.1074%

City/Water: 0.439

ISD: 1.420

County: 0.2484

 

 

The more you know, the easier it will be to make the right decisions for you and your family.  Whoever said that knowledge is power, was on to something.  I am not a tax expert, but I can give what knowledge I have as a Real Estate professional to help my community.

If you have not claimed a Homestead Exemption on your home, you have until April 30 to do so for next year.  A homestead exemption only allows your property taxes to increase up to 10%.  With values increasing at a rapid rate in our area, it is surely something to look into.

If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for other property tax exemptions.

 

Good luck with your tax returns this year!

 

 

 

 

 

Denton County Market Report, November 2016

 

Market stats are out, people!  Check out this lovely, free information about Denton County’s real estate market as of November 2016!

Click here to see the market statistics for Denton County!

The housing market as a whole still has a HUGE shortage in inventory housing, with an average around 2 months.  Anything less than 6 months is considered a “seller’s market” because there aren’t enough homes for the amount of buyers there are!

As far as our area, most of the new inventory housing is coming from new construction, but those can’t be built fast enough to turn over the market!

So if there is a certain place you are looking to move to in Denton County, view the individualized area statistics below to see what the hyper-local market looks like.

 

Need more cold hard facts about specific markets??

See specific stats for individual areas:

Flower Mound, TX

Lantana, TX 76226

Highland Village, TX 75077

Argyle, TX 76226

Double Oak, TX 75077

Denton, TX

 

 

 

Thank you to the Greater Lewisville Association of Realtors® for the infographics!

Weekly Community Profile: Flower Mound, TX 75028

Flower Mound is the largest community profile on The Burbs, with a population over 62,000 people.

It is difficult to try to encompass everything that the town has to offer by just saying they have lots of shopping, entertainment, and dining.  But they do!  There is a large variety of each of these categories.  The only thing that Flower Mound lacks to be classified as a “city” rather than “suburban” feel is a young nightlife.  It is truly a suburb, but with so many amenities, that you could probably go to a new restaurant every night for a month.

Being so large, Flower Mound has many schools and neighborhoods to choose from.  Visit its page on my site here, for more information.

Weekly Community Profile: Highland Village, TX 75077

Highland Village, known for its annual hot air balloon festival in August, is a town nestled within the large town of Flower Mound.  It has a lot of shopping and restaurants, even a movie theater located in the Shops at Highland Village.

Highland Village has a wide range of homes, from large, luxury houses, to smaller, more quaint homes the farther east you travel.  With such a mix, it is an older community that was incorporated in 1963, but has sprung up over the last 15 years or so to include a diverse collection of dining and shopping.

For more info about Highland Village, go to its profile on my site.