12 Tips to Slash Your Energy Bill

Utility bills seem to get higher and higher every year. But you can save energyand moneywith these tips to make your home more energyefficient.

 1. Get a home energy survey from your local utility. Many will do a free analysis of your home and provide specific ways to save money on your utility bill.

2. Replace old furnaces and air conditioners with newer ones that are more energy efficient.

3. Install programmable thermostats.

 4. Swap light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs bearing the Energy Star label.

5. Air dry dishes.

6. Turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room.

 7. Turn off computers and TVs when they are not being used.

8. Plug home electronic devices into power strips, and turn them off when the equipment is not being used. These devices often have a "standby" mode that uses power even when they are off.

9. Install a lowflow head on your shower.

10. Opt for showers, not baths.

11. Only run the washer or dishwasher with full loads.

12. Purchase appliances that have the Energy Star label.

These tips can help you lower your energy use up to 25 percent! That will not only save you money now, but reduced utility bills could also help you command a higher price for your home when you sell. If you are thinking of selling your home, talk to me today! It would be my pleasure to help you onto the path to your dream home. Getting Your House in TipTop Shape to Sell With the fall selling season now here, what can sellers do to maximize the chances of selling their home? Hiring a qualified real estate agent and setting the right listing price are the first steps to selling your home quickly. But there are other things you can do to help differentiate your home from the competition and attract potential buyers. Curb appeal. You don't get a second chance to make a first impression, says the old saying. That's why it's essential to "wow" potential buyers from the moment they first lay eyes on your home. It doesn't take much to get curb appeal. Make sure the leaves are raked and shrubs are trimmed; your porch is tidy; and the house is freshly painted. Good landscaping and a new coat of paint can not only generate buyer interest but can also increase the value of purchase offers. Update, but within reason. Some buyers know that they are going to renovate when they purchase a home; others look for a "turnkey" property that is movein ready. If your house needs updating, consider doing some improvements. Cosmetic improvements, such as paint and wallpaper, help a house show better and are often inexpensive. Repair all appliances to make sure they are in working order. And consider lowpriced facelifts to kitchen and baths such as repainting cabinets and replacing lighting fixtures and faucets. Staging. Staging can help a home sell faster. Moveor removefurniture to make rooms look bigger. Eliminate clutter and knickknacks. Warm up rooms by bringing in pillows and fabrics. And don't overlook outdoor living spaces when staging your home.

If you're considering selling your home, give me a call. I can help you get your home in topnotch shape to attract buyers

 Lisa Smith

 Affiliated Real Estate Agent

CENTURY 21 Network Realty Ltd.

669 Talbot Street St. Thomas, ON N5P 1C9

 Main: 5196335900   Cell: 5192826927

lisa.smith@century21.ca          www.lisasmith21.com