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Be Energy-smart and Money-wise this winter!

Categories: Energy Efficiency | Posted: December 17, 2014

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Good planning and thoughtful everyday habits can save you significant amounts of energy and money. Keep these hints in mind this winter:

BEFORE IT GETS TOO COLD:

  1. If you have a humidifier, make sure you change the setting for winter.
  2. Learn how to program your thermostat for comfort and efficient energy use. Make sure it matches your current schedule to maximize energy savings.
  3. Clean or replace filters.
  4. Make sure all your home’s systems are in clean and good working order.
  5. Check all exterior doors. Replace old weather stripping where necessary. Ensure that door thresholds are a good fit—most are adjustable.
  6. If you have basement windows, consider putting covers over the window wells during the winter months.
  7. If you have storm doors, switch out the screens for glass replacements.

DURING THE WINTER:

  1. On cold days, open window coverings to allow the sun to warm your home. Close them when the sun begins to set. Try putting thicker drapes on the windows to act as a thermal barrier.
  2. Limit use of the fireplace in extremely cold or windy weather when the chimney draft will draw room air out at an extreme rate.
  3. Humidify the air in your home so that it retains more heat and is a general health benefit.
  4. Keep the garage overhead doors closed.
  5. Make sure heating vents have no obstacles in front of them. In many homes, furniture is placed so that it blocks heat flow into a room. This results in cold rooms and high energy bills. Rearrange furniture to keep vents and radiators free.
  6. Close doors to rooms you’re not using.
  7. If your ductwork has dampers that control the airflow in each room, adjust them so the rooms that you use the most during the winter months are comfortable.

IN GENERAL:

  1. Get a programmable thermostat. It can help you regulate your home’s temperature and control costs. Alternate by turning the heating down when you’re sleeping or away, and turning it up at other times.
  2. Invest in energy efficient windows and insulation. Proper insulation and energy efficient windows can result in savings of hundreds of dollars annually.
  3. Turn lights and other electric items off when you finish using them or leave the room.
  4. Plant deciduous trees. They provide shade during the summer and permit solar warming in winter.
  5. Plant evergreen trees and shrubs. They can create a windbreak and reduce heating costs.

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $130,000’s to Custom.  For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

 

2014 Ivey Homes Fish Fry

Categories: Local Events | Posted: December 3, 2014

 

Ivey Homes held its annual partnership appreciation Fish Fry today.  We appreciate all that our trade partners, lenders, realtors and county inspectors do to help make our homes better.  We had almost 400 people join us for lunch!  It takes a lot of hands to build quality homes and neighborhoods and we are fortunate to have such a special group of partners who care just as much about quality homes as we do.  Thank you to everyone who attended!

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA, with home pricing ranging from the $130,000’s to Custom.  For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

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