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Top Energy–Saving Tips for Your Home
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While we all use energy differently, in general, energy is mostly used for heating and cooling the home, with hot water coming in second.

Good energy habits help you save money and the way we use energy plays a big role in how much we’re paying for it. For example, if you leave the hot water running constantly while you’re shaving, you’re using a lot of hot water just to rinse the razor a few times.

Simple choices we make every day can go a long way to help us manage our energy use, cut costs and protect the environment around the year. Here are a few tips to help you conserve energy in your home.

1- Choose off-peak hours
Take advantage of lower energy prices during off-peak hours. Consider running your dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer early in the morning, in the evening or on weekends when electricity rates are lowest.

2- Use the dishwasher and washer wisely
Try to cut down on power by air drying instead of using the heater. Try washing your clothes in cold water to save hot water costs.

3- Use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy use
Install a programmable thermostat to automate your heating and cooling. It makes it easier to reduce your energy use when you’re not home and when you’re sleeping.

4- Use your appliances properly
Did you know that an uncrowded fridge works more efficiently than a crowded one? However, a freezer works best when they are two-thirds full. When you’re using the dishwasher wait to do a full load. A half-empty dishwasher uses the same amount of energy as a full one.

5- Consider caulking and weather stripping
Plugging up air leaks is relatively inexpensive and delivers a great return summer and winter. Look for cracks around windows and doorframes. Also check the sill plate, where your home’s foundation meets the frame. It could be a big source of air leaks.

6- Find your top 10 locations for compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs
It pays to replace your most frequently used incandescent bulbs with CFLs. They use 75% less power and last up to 10 times longer.

7- Buy ENERGY STAR® Appliances
Save energy and fight climate change with ENERGY STAR qualified products. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. According to ENERGY STAR, if just one in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances, the impact could be compared to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees. Switching to these appliances is not only good for the environment but is easy on your pocketbook. Although these appliances may cost more, you can reduce your energy bill by approximately $80 per year.

The age, condition, and efficiency of your appliances play a big role in how much energy you use, so it’s important to keep them in good working order, and at some point, consider upgrading to the most energy-efficient models.

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With Compliments of

Michele Vyge-Fraser
Real Estate Agent/ Associate Broker/ CNE®


Red Door Realty
1314 Martello Road
Chapter House
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
T: 902-830-6397
NovaScotiaRealEstate@gmail.com
www.RedDoorRealty.ca

Hello!
Happy Summer! The Maritime borders are open, Covid19 cases are finally at a record low and our Real Estate market is hot! Competing offers are once again the norm for good listings and our Sellers Market is driving prices up. 

Since my last newsletter 4 weeks ago;

In HRM there have been;
  • 350 new listings
  • 196 conditional sales
  • 674 MLS sales that have firmed up
  • 6 listings that have been withdrawn
Across all of Nova Scotia there have been 1201 MLS residential sales that have firmed up and there are currently 346 conditional sales showing.

112 of the sales across Nova Scotia have sold for $500,000 or more of which 106 of the residential properties are in HRM.

The highest recorded MLS sale in the last 4 weeks is $1,350,000 (this property was on the market for 1 day and sold for full price)

So this months question is... Is it time to buy a second property or move outside of HRM? Currently there are over 2000 active detached residential MLS listings outside of HRM, across Nova Scotia. 555 of those listings are listed with waterfrontage of which;
  • 70 are listed as cottages from $59,900 to $1,150,000.
  • Closer to Halifax, 42 of those listings are listed under $300,000.
  • of which 22 are under $200,000...  

Curious about those listings or any others? If you are ready to get back into the market or to buy your dream waterfrontage cottage or, anytime you know someone else who is, please contact me anytime! 

Happy Summer!

With Gratitude,
Michele 

 


NATIONAL MORTGAGE RATES
Term Posted
Rates*
Best
Rates*
6 Months 3.34% 3.30%
1 Year 3.59% 3.04%
2 Years 3.74% 2.89%
3 Years 3.89% 2.79%
4 Years 3.95% 2.95%
5 Years 5.34% 2.69%
7 Years 5.80% 2.99%
10 Years 6.10% 3.04%
Variable Rate 2.90%
Prime Rate ** 3.95%
*last updated: Feb 18,2020


www.RedDoorRealty.ca

Halifax Mortgage Specialist Bruce Lusby 

(902) 210-0515

http://mortgageweb.ca/BruceLusby

Halifax, Nova Scotia - updated Oct 6, 2015

Variable:

5yr @ Prime - .65% (2.05%)

HELOC @ Prime +.25% (2.95%)

Fixed:
1yr 2.29%
2yr 2.09%
3yr 2.24%
4yr 2.54%
5yr 2.54%
6yr 3.39%
7yr 3.44%
10yr 3.84%

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