Tips for Enhancing Your Master Retreat


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6614 Brookshire Drive | Preston Hollow

 

A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets and outdoor spaces than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change or wanting to fall back in love with your master bedroom, follow these tips.

 

Choice Spot

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Personalize it by pairing the bed with a headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw.

 

Window Treatments

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows for more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.

 

Right Lighting

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.

 

Conceal or Banish Electronics

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom an electronics-free zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.

 

Soothing Palette

Colors that are less bold are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.

 

Creature Comforts

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to idyllic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.

Protect Your Yard From Pests


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Recent showers combined with warmer weather will create the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out.

As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

Summer Bug Solutions


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Recent showers and 100-degree days have created the perfect habitat for pesky summer bugs. Here are some effective ways to prevent the common bites, stings and nuisances.

 

Mosquitoes

Unfortunately, Texas’ No. 1 culprit is here to stay. Aside from the traditional insect repellants and home remedies, it’s best to treat this problem at its source — water.

Turn over empty pottery to prevent from collecting water, drain plant saucers and fix any leaking outdoor faucets. Mosquitoes often lay their eggs in stagnant water, so the less the better.

 

Gnats

Although relatively harmless, these small creatures create quite the inconvenience with their constant swarming. Plus, you never know what germs they may be carrying as they travel from place to place.

If you garden, you want to make sure your fruits and veggies are staying fresh outside. If you happen to notice rotting or mold, act fast and pluck them out, then turn your soil or mulch to allow any moldy layers to dry out. As with mosquitoes, be diligent in draining any standing water and drying out any moisture. With Texas humidity, the drying process may take a while. In this case, sprinkle a bit of sand on top of your soil, something very discouraging to gnats.

 

Bees

To prevent bees from establishing a colony in or around your house, it’s important to remember these three things: food, water and shelter — bees’ keys to life.

As with any other summer bug, stagnant water must be kept to a minimum. Drain pots and repair any faulty irrigation systems. And if you have bird baths or pet bowls outside, mixing in 2 tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water will discourage any bees from setting up shop near your house.

Plan an exterior inspection and eliminate any potential nesting sites. Cover holes, chimneys and animal burrows. Make sure windows and screens are tightly fitted and sealed. If you have any debris in your yard, such as old tires, cardboard boxes or old appliances, throw them out. Bees seek out such items for nesting sites.

Removing flowers as a source of food is not recommended. In fact, it’s very important for bees to pollinate many plants, including crops. If you have a colorful garden, not to worry. As long as you have their other two resources tamed to a minimum, you’re in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Slugs

Like humans, slugs seek out shade on sunny days. And like many other bugs, they love moist areas.

To prevent slugs from damaging your plants and leaving their slimy evidence, get rid of any hiding places. Think cool, dark and moist. Try irrigating your lawn in the morning instead of the evening, allowing plenty of time for plants and soil to dry before the sun sets.

To protect plants, spray surrounding areas with soap and water. You can also create barriers around your plants, such as rocks, wire or anything rough and abrasive to slow them down.

Lastly, slugs have no bones. Therefore, they can fit in any crack or crevice they set their eyes on. Seal any cracks and cover any holes you notice throughout your house. By doing so, you not only eliminate the potential for slugs, but for other bugs as well.

 

If you’re experiencing bug problems not addressed here, contact your local nursery for expert advice.

7 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning for the big day. Preparing a meal can be stressful regardless of whether it’s for a few friends or a large gathering, so we’ve rounded up seven important tips to help your Thanksgiving meal run smoothly. All these tricks can all be done in advance, leaving you more time to catch your breath between now and when your guests arrive.

 

Thanksgiving Tips


1. Take inventory

Make sure you have all of the cookware and kitchen tools needed to cook the menu you have planned. Broke your pie dish? Only have a dessert thermometer? Now is the time to grab the items that will help your meal succeed.

 

2. Make a prep list

Cooking a turkey, side dishes, and dessert can be hard to balance regardless of the size of your kitchen. Figure out in advance what recipes can be made ahead, which ones will take the longest to cook, and what dishes can share the oven space.

 

3. Make ahead and freeze

There are many dishes that can be prepared in advance and will freeze well. Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and sweet potato casserole are all good options to make ahead.

 

4. Thaw the bird

If you have a frozen turkey, make sure you leave ample time to thaw it. The rule of thumb is for every four pounds in weight, the turkey must thaw one day.

 

5. Utilize a cooler

Fridge space is prime real estate during Thanksgiving, but purchasing a cooler can help. Fill one with ice and you now have a space to temporarily store all the random jellies and condiments from your fridge that you can’t seem to part with, leaving you more space in the fridge to stock up on menu essentials.

 

6. Ask for help outside of the kitchen

Try not to overcrowd your kitchen by having guests help with tasks such as serving drinks, hanging coats, and entertaining children. If space allows, set up the drink station away from the kitchen.

 

7. Keep food warm

If the turkey takes too long to cook, don’t fret. Slow cookers, thermoses and microwaves are all great options for keeping dishes warm until you’re ready to enjoy.

9 Ways to Rework Your Kitchen for the Holidays


Expecting family over for the holidays? According to a recent survey by WalletHub, D-FW ranks No. 9 on the list of top warm-weather destinations during the holidays.

 

Whether your family books a room at your place or pops in throughout the length of their trip, you want to make sure your kitchen is spot-on, and now is the perfect time to get started. Following are nine fixes for an impressive refresh.

 

1. Cabinetry

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1925 Fairmount Avenue | Fort Worth | $530,000

Dated cabinetry can serve as the biggest eyesore. Liven yours up by sanding them down, adding fresh paint and then installing snazzy hardware.

 

2. Countertops and Sink

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2255 Forest Hollow Park | Dallas – Stonegate at Forest Hills | $559,000

Newer countertops provide a stunning look. Consider changing your sink as well. And, if there’s still wiggle room in the budget, look at updating your faucet – it can really complete the new look.

 

3. Appliances

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6735 Kingsbury Drive | Dallas – Merriman Park | $470,000

If appliances aren’t working properly, it’s obvious they need to be replaced or fixed before family visits. It’s best to change out the refrigerator first – an appliance that is used daily. Then, match the replacement to existing equipment.

 

4. Backsplash

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7229 Yamini Drive | Dallas – Jan Mar | $939,000

Subway-tile backsplash adds an updated yet classic look. Going for neutral colors adds brightness and leaves room for more versatility.

 

5. Lighting

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4642 Edmondson Avenue | Highland Park | $1,395,000

Who wants a dark kitchen? Not your family. Consider purchasing and installing recessed ceiling cans. Although small, they highlight, brighten and add a modern touch.

 

6. Paint

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1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $5,798,880

Probably one of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up a room. Neutral shades allow for brightness and more versatility, but soft greens and blues add a nice twist.

 

7. Flooring

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5007 Purdue Avenue | Dallas – Briarwood | $849,000

Dated linoleum or vinyl isn’t the most attractive. Opt for real-wood planks, which add a classic addition to any kitchen.

 

8. Statement Piece

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2260 Hermitage Drive | Allen – Shaddock Park | $699,999

Similar to what it does for fashion, a statement piece serves as an interesting, attractive and relatively eye-catching item that reflects your style. A pot rack or a unique light fixture can easily be installed by homeowners, adding a big impact for a small price.

 

9. Openness

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3207 Parkrise Court | Garland – Spring Park | $360,000

With good reason, the open floor plan trend continues to grow. Overcrowding in the kitchen is the last thing you want. Opt for knocking down a wall, allowing the central hub of your home to be a part of your living and dining areas.

10 Fast Fixes for Your Home


10 Fast Fixes for Your Home

 

It’s important to give your home a breath of new life every so often. Below are a few tips to help you spiff up your house, from the front porch to the dining room table.

 

Front door décor — Liven up your front porch by replacing seasonal plants with new color. Freshen up the area with a good hosing down and consider a new paint job if needed.

 

Update your threshold —The base of your front door sees a lot of traffic. You’ll be amazed at the transformation you’ll see with just a few coats of paint.

 

Refresh your floors — If you’ve got hardwoods that have seen better days, pick up a water-based formula like Bona and add a little elbow grease. This simple treatment will keep your floors gleaming for months.

 

Quiet the creaks ­— Silence squeaky doors, bed frames, and other metal joints with a dose of WD-40.

 

Sweeten a stinky disposal —Drop cubes of frozen white vinegar and a few lemon peels down your disposal to combat the odors that can build up in your kitchen sink. Run the tap on cold and let the disposal do its thing for about a minute.

 

Change your ring — An updated doorbell can do wonders for your home and is such an easy thing to swap out, just be careful with live wires.

 

Tighten up — Tend to those loose door knobs and drawer pulls. A couple of screwdrivers and a walk around your home will have these pesky pulls fixed up in no time.

 

Give hardware a facelift — A can of copper, bronze, or nickel spray paint has the ability to completely transform the look of your kitchen. By updating the finish on your hardware, you introduce a fresh new feel.

 

Have a knock out number — Grab an easy-install solar light and hang it above your home’s address to make your home more inviting and easier to find. While you’re at it, pick up some new numbers to give the exterior of your home a simple but effective new look.

 

Fix dining table scratches — For scratches that penetrate beyond the wood finish, rub a shelled walnut gently across the marks and then polish with a soft cloth. The nut’s oils naturally conceal the blemishes.

 

 

6 Steps to a Master (Sleep) Retreat


A home is an ever-evolving project. As our styles change and the years go by, it’s easy to get the itch to update your home and bring it up to speed. Buyers and sellers alike often pay more attention to kitchens, master bathrooms, closets, and yards than they do to the vital space where they will usually spend more than a third of their 24 hours each day. If you’re looking for a change-up or a way to fall back in love with your master bedroom, take a look at the tips below.

 

1. Choice Spot

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4511 Normandy Avenue | University Park | $1,575,000

The bed should be set away from the room’s entrance to keep it out of the main circulation path. Place it in a spot so occupants can enjoy the best view — whether that’s inside (maybe toward a fireplace or favorite piece of art) or outdoors (with views of trees or water where possible). Also, pairing a bed with an upholstered headboard and dressing it up with decorative pillows, a duvet and a throw to personalize it make it more welcoming to tuck in for sleep.

 

2. Window Treatments

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5007 Purdue Avenue | Dallas – Briarwood | $915,000

Minimal is the design mantra when it comes to much of the standard room décor today. But while no coverings in some rooms, such as kitchens and living rooms, allows in more light and views, some amount of treatment in a bedroom is needed to block outside light and provide privacy – think shutters, electric shades or curtains.

 

3. Right Lighting

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3608 Coral Gables Drive | Dallas – Park Forest | $419,000

Installing recessed cans is discouraged. They tend to chop up a ceiling and aren’t too attractive to look at while in bed. Task lighting from lamps on night tables or wall-mounted sconces are preferred.

 

4. Conceal or Banish Electronics

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12101 Madeleine Circle | Dallas – Preston Forest | $949,000

For years, scientists and health professionals have known about the danger of the blue light that comes from certain electronic equipment and how it adversely affects melatonin production. Homeowners might consider making the master bedroom a no-electronics zone, without TVs and other technology to help train the brain that the bedroom is primarily a place to sleep rather than stay awake.

 

5. Soothing Palette

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4915 Stanford Avenue | Dallas – Rector Place | $1,549,000

Colors that aren’t extreme are more restful. A palette of pale blues, greens, beiges, grays, and whites create a calming environment. In addition, bedding in white and light creams make for a soothing sight to the eye.

 

6. Creature Comforts

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1750 Trace Bella Court | Southlake | $6,298,880

If the room’s size allows, consider adding a chaise, chair and ottoman, and night tables. Also, a large area rug or wall-to-wall carpeting can help deaden noise and provide warmth underfoot. If the room is located so it opens directly to the outdoors, play this up. Real access to bucolic scenery can contribute to a sense of tranquility.

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School


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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 22nd, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

 

 

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry-hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

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Lunch Load Up

Visit your favorite discount store to stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster fixing, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items are good, too.

Refresh The Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to put it.

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Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunch boxes, tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

 

Pictured Property: 2903 Saint Andrews Drive | Richardson – SpringPark West | $475,000

Tips for Maximizing Small Spaces


Living with limited space comes with challenges, but feeling uncomfortable in your home doesn’t have to be one of them. With a good eye and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can make a small apartment or house functional and beautiful. There’s always room for your stamp of personal style, and here are a few ways to make sure it shines through.

 

Define Each Area

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3245 Hugo Place | Dallas – Uptown | $649,900

Many properties with limited square footage are designed with an open floor plan to make the space feel larger. The downside of this design is that the boundaries which normally define the purpose of an area aren’t there. Your office may be a corner of your living room, or your dining room may be no more than a bar area in your kitchen. But just because there aren’t many walls doesn’t mean you can’t separate rooms by their function. In this room, the dining and living areas feel separate thanks to the inward-facing furnishings that help define the space.

 

Employ Multipurpose Furniture

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3552 Cedar Plaza Lane | Dallas – Park Oaks | $425,000

In a large home, you have the luxury of buying an end table that’s just an end table—no drawers, shelves or hidden compartments, just a surface that calls for a lamp and decor. But in a small space, you learn to think with ingenuity. Look for ottomans with a storage compartment, a coffee table with shelves, or even a bed frame with drawers. If you fill this normally wasted space, you don’t have to squeeze storage elsewhere.

 

Trick the Eye

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2111 Clark Street, Unit G | Dallas – Uptown | $519,000

Reflective and transparent surfaces can give the perspective of added space, and they can also bring more light into a room with a small window. Consider installing clear cabinets in the kitchen or hanging a large mirror in the living room. A clear shower curtain can open up a small bathroom.

 

Invite the Light

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5055 Addison Circle, No. 424 | Addison | $329,800

Natural light and light colors are both known to give the illusion of more space. Pale, neutral colors like ivory, light gray, and beige reflect more light than dark colors do. If you’re worried about the space looking drab, remember that a neutral palette makes bright or dark accent pieces pop even more. When it comes to sunlight, big windows can make a world of difference in a small room. Consider replacing your windows, or swap a solid door for a glass-paned one.

 

Customize Your Storage

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9081 6th Street | Frisco – Historic District | $450,000

While it would be nice if every small place came with a whole wall of built-in shelves to make up for the lack of hidden storage, sometimes we have to make do with what we have. If you can’t find space for your books, turn them into a dining room decoration. If there’s not enough closet space for your shoes, display them on a shoe rack. While a shortage of storage may be a sign that you need to pare down, sometimes it’s just a sign that you need to get creative.

 

Turn Tiny into Cozy

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1626 Loree Drive | East Dallas – Alger Park | $295,000

You may be afraid to overdo it with the furnishings, and it’s true that clutter is the last thing a tight space needs. But leaving the space plain doesn’t do it any favors, either. So embrace the smallness and use warm colors and bright patterns to make it feel like a cozy nook rather than a cupboard under the stairs

 

Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor and writer for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

Green Updates that Add Value to Your Home


The green trend is growing across countless industries and sectors, and real estate is no exception. Energy efficiency and resource conservation features are attractive enough that many home buyers are willing to pay thousands more for an energy-optimized home.

 

If you’re looking to put your house on the market soon, you’re probably weighing your options and wondering which updates will help your case. The answer is: think green. Here are a few suggestions for increasing the numbers behind that dollar sign—and benefitting the environment in the meantime.

 

Install New Energy-Efficient Appliances

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3605 Indian Trail | Dalworthington Gardens | $995,000

According to Energy Star, a dishwasher that was manufactured before 1994 wastes more than 10 gallons of water per cycle and wastes $35 per year. A fridge that’s older than a decade could be costing you even more, too. If it’s time for you to replace a kitchen appliance, consider investing in an Energy Star-rated model, which uses less energy and decreases your negative impact on the environment. When you shop for a new model, look at the EnergyGuide label so that you can compare the yearly cost of operating the appliance. Be sure to properly recycle your old model so that your effort to save resources doesn’t go to waste.

 

Get Smart

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The earliest dream of the smart home was to simply make everything more convenient. But as the tech industry and consumers grow wiser to how our actions affect the environment, smart home technology has dovetailed into something more meaningful. Smart home applications and appliances allow you to closely manage your home, from adjusting the lighting to keeping close track of your energy use. But if you’re not ready to partake in a smart home overhaul, starting with a thermostat is a great way to cut down on your energy bill. Some smart thermostat models, like the Nest Learning Thermostat, pick up on your routine and adjust accordingly. The temperature will rise or decrease according to occupancy, so that you’re not wasting energy while everyone is away.

 

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Windows

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3915 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,790,000

Caulk and weatherstrip are crucial for preventing air leaks and drafts. If your existing windows are fairly new and in good shape, consider retrofitting them with energy-efficient coatings and treatments. If your windows are old or inefficient, you may find that buying new windows entirely is a better investment than retrofitting. Make sure that you understand energy performance ratings before you purchase new windows so that you can get the best bang for your buck. Consider purchasing heavier window coverings or an outdoor awning to decrease heat transfer and keep your home comfortable.

 

Add Insulation

Technology is an amazing tool for reducing your energy costs, but energy optimization can be as simple as adding insulation. Air sealing and insulation techniques allow your HVAC system to perform more effectively. If your home is older, chances are it’s somewhat less efficient than it could be with increased insulation. One way to know whether your home has enough insulation and where it should be added is to hire an energy auditor to assess it. This way, you won’t waste time and effort installing insulation materials where they’re not needed.

Common culprits of heat loss include the attic, and the walls and floors surrounding an unheated space, like a garage. Energy.gov has more information on adding insulation in order to make your home more efficient.

 

Replace Regular Faucets with Low-Flow

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4915 Stanford Avenue | Dallas – Rector Place | $1,498,500

Standard faucets have an average flow of 2 gallons per minute (gpm). If that doesn’t mean much to you, a low-flow faucet has a comparative gpm of 0.5, which means conserving 75 percent of the water you use. Standard showerheads come in at 3 gpm, while low-flow showerheads have a 1.6 gpm. But your updates don’t have to stop there; you can also retrofit your toilets with low-flow flush valves. You can save money while conserving water, without experiencing a noticeable difference in your hygiene routine.

 

Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an editor and writer for Modernize.com with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.