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Help the Environment (and Your Wallet) With Energy-Saving Accessories

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Most homeowners want to cut down on costs and try to conserve energy in and around their home. The great news is that there are several ways to equip your home with the right accessories to make an impact on the environment and your bottom line. Check out these energy-saving accessories for your home:

     Low-Flow Shower Heads

Controlling the flow of the water in your shower can influence your energy bill. It is likely that your home is equipped with a builder brand shower head that isn’t energy efficient. Replace it with a low-flow shower head, which allows you to control the temperature of the water and reduce the flow of water to a trickle once the heat reaches 95 degrees. You can resume normal flow by pulling on a cord and save on your hot water costs. It is estimated that you can save up to $250 every year by installing a low-flow shower head, according to PRBC. However, the savings are dependent on your overall water usage and utility rates.

     Learning Thermostats

Are you constantly lowering or raising the temperature on your thermostat? Is the air conditioner or heater on for long periods of time while you aren’t home? These actions raise your electric bill. Invest in a learning thermostat to remove the guesswork out of controlling the temperature in your home. You can control the temperature via your smartphone, which means you can program it on vacation, during an evening out or from work. Some thermostats offer an estimate on how much energy you save if you plug in the square footage of your home, your usage and the type of heat you use. Within a few months time, you not only lower your electric bill, but also reduce the amount of wasted energy.

     Shades

Window treatments can go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint and saving on energy costs. Solar shades promote an eco-friendly designchoice and enable you to double your energy savings to lower the heat from outside. With this type of shade, you can still let in the natural light without it heating up your home or casting a glare. Energy.gov reports that by using shades, you can reduce your bill by at least 25 percent.

     Ceiling Fans

You may focus on the decorative aspects of your ceiling fan, but it can also help you save on your energy bill. By continuously circulating air, it helps your room seem warmer or cooler with the air flow. Mother Earth News reports that you can save up to 14 percent on your energy bill by keeping the fan circulating and raising your thermostat by just two degrees.

     Compact Fluorescent Lights

By replacing incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights, homeowners use 25 to 80 percent less electricity, according to Energy.gov. In addition, save energy by keeping lights off in rooms that aren’t occupied or that can be lit by natural sunlight.

Reducing your consumption of electricity not only helps you save money on your electric bill, but it also lessens your carbon footprint and is good for the environment.

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Cascade Sotheby’s Summer 2015 Magazine

In this issue learn more about the latest trends in outdoor living, things to do in Central Oregon, about Bend Oregon and so much more!

For more information on the Central Oregon Real Estate market, or to view homes for sale, contact the Deb Tebbs Group today by calling us at (541) 323-4823.

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Is Now Still A Great Time To Buy A Bend Oregon Home? The Answer Is Yes

Bend Oregon Real Estate

By Deb Tebbs Group

BEND – Mark Twain once said: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” and the same can be said about the death of home ownership in 2015 because, it’s still a great time to buy a Bend Oregon home for many reasons including the following.

#1 – Low Mortgage Interest Rates

This year we’ve seen mortgage interest rates hover near 4 percent, or lower, and in spite of the rumor about interest rates increasing we haven’t seen that happen yet and some analysts feel that mortgage interest rates will not increase significantly until the end of the year or beyond.

#2 – Many Mortgage Options

Besides low mortgage interest rates in 2015 there are also more mortgage options than ever before including: HUD, FHA, USDA and VA Loans which make home ownership affordable for just about every home buyer.

#3 – More Inventory

Across Bend we’ve seen the construction of more homes in communities across town plus the development of land in Bend for future communities.

Right now you can find many new homes across Bend which were built by companies like Pahlisch Homes and Hayden Homes with prices ranging in price from $242,990 (Pettigrew Place) to $495,000 (The Bridges at Shadow Glen).

Besides more new home inventory there are also plenty of existing homes for sale in Bend, Sunriver, Redmond and other Central Oregon communities.

#4 – Sellers Ready To Sell

Now that we’ve reached the top of the Real Estate market in Bend there are more sellers who are planning on selling their Bend Oregon Homes now than ever before.

If you plan on buying a home in Bend in the coming months make sure get pre-approved for a mortgage loan and know exactly what you’re searching for in a home before you start your home search.

Doing these two things will help us to find the right home for you, and enable you to move quickly once you find the right Bend Oregon Home that you will really love.

Buy a Bend Oregon Home

For more news about the Real Estate Market, or to buy a Bend Oregon Home, contact the Deb Tebbs Group today by calling us at (541) 323-4823.

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