A Pocketful of Money

By Nancy Hankin

The only time you will witness this phenomenon in your life will be in August 2014 unless you happen to still be here 823 years from now.

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Palm Springs Pocket MoneyThis year, the month of August will count 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This phenomenon occurs only once every 823 years.

Chinese people call it: ‘Pocketful of money!’

I call it just darn lucky that we can all expect a “Pocketful of Money!”

  • What will you be doing with your “lucky money?”
  • If you could, how would you spend your “lucky money?”
  • Would you “pass any of it forward” to help others, and if so, HOW would you do this and how would they benefit?

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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The Rich Gets Richer

By Nancy Hankin

a cool fifty thousandEvery day someone is publishing something on how to get rich. We all want to live better and a bigger bank account certainly doesn’t hurt.

There have been some interesting results from recent surveys of the affluent. It seems the wealthy owe money just like you and me. But it is how they borrow that is different. They have fewer installment payments and those at the top of the heap have no credit card debt.

However, what they do have is a mortgage. Yes, those considered wealthy are homeowners, a hefty 95.8 percent compared with an overall average of 67.7 percent. And approximately 40 percent have additional investments in real estate. It seems the wealthy are well aware that the current low rates make mortgage money an especially good deal.

The other day I talked myself right out of a potential sale! I spoke with a friend who was thinking of selling her home and moving into an apartment. The Rich Get RicherWhen I asked her what her monthly expenses for her home were, they were approximately the same amount as renting an apartment would be. Keeping in mind that she has some great tax deductions from her interest payments and taxes, I advised her NOT to sell. I explained it would actually cost her MORE if she were to sell and rent an apartment.

Over the years, many of my clients have purchased good, sound Investment Property and they have bought 1-3 additional homes or condos and used these to obtain good rental income. A wise investor knows the best time to buy is when prices and interest rates are down…..which happens to be NOW!

So the next time you know someone who wants to buy or sell, I sincerely hope you will refer them to me. I promise to take very good care of them, and make sure their investment is a wise one!

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

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THE GREAT IMITATOR – Laminate Flooring

By Nancy Hankin

Laminate or Hardwood?Have you been vising many of the NEW Model Homes lately?  Almost all of them are featuring Laminate Flooring! It’s become the “latest rage” in town!

Flooring manufacturers are out to fool the public, and they’re doing a fine job of it! Laminate flooring, their means of deception, masquerades as slate, stone, ceramic and hardwood. Not everyone notices the fake, at least not right away.

Invented in Sweden, laminate flooring consists of a computer-generated photograph of flooring material–wood, stone, tile and other materials–atop a core that’s usually a wood-based product like particle board. A backing is added for stability and to help prevent warping.

The photo layer is covered by a transparent plastic laminate that’s ten times thicker than the laminate on countertops. This helps the flooring stand up to wear, resist fading and staining, and even makes it impervious to nail polish remover. It’s nearly impossible to scratch or dent the surface.

Laminates can go where hardwood can’t, most notably in the bathroom. While some brands aren’t recommended for use in the bathroom, others can be quite successful if properly installed.

Laminates are easy to care for and only require sweeping, and the occasional mopping with a mild vinegar and water solution. You never wax or polish laminates, and you never refinish them.

Laminates are easy on the feet with a soft feel, but sound much differently than feet on tile or hardwood. Improvements in the core and underlayment of laminate flooring have improved the quality of the sound in recent years. Early on the noise was likened to that of clomping over laminated kitchen cabinet doors.

Laminate or Tile?When choosing laminate flooring, pay particular attention to the quality of the photo reproduction. Some laminate is a dead ringer for the original; others are obvious phonies. Be sure that you view the flooring in person, and in daylight.

Laminate flooring is installed in sections and seams may be noticeable, particularly in bright sunlight. Seams can pull apart, but that’s mostly due to improper installation. A special putty is available to fill in gaps.

Laminate flooring “floats;” it’s not attached to the floor beneath it. An underlayment of foam is installed over the existing floor to act as a moisture barrier and sound muffler. Sections are then placed over the underlayment. Usually sections are glued together. One brand, Alloc, uses a locking system that eliminates the need for glue.

Installation isn’t difficult, but first-timers are advised to start small, and choose a square room without any angles. If you do hire an installer, hire a pro with experience in laminate flooring, and one who has been trained and certified by one of the laminate manufacturers. The success of the floor depends on the installation, so it’s worth having the job done right.

If you are interested in seeing how laminate flooring looks in a room, just stop by any Open House. It seems builders today have discovered this product and most Open Houses I have seen in the past few years no longer feature anything BUT laminate flooring. Perhaps that’s a bit of exaggeration, but it seems like 100% of the Open Houses I have seen these past few years ALL are featuring various (rectangular vs. square) patterns and colors of laminate flooring.

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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Homes For Pet Lovers

By Nancy Hankin

Cat LoversWhen looking for a home to buy, it’s not unusual for me to get asked “Is this a pet-friendly neighborhood?” A good majority of homeowners have pets and these pets are a very important part of their families. Actually, they are oftentimes considered “family!”

When looking for a single family home, families with dogs like closed in backyards so their dogs can enjoy being outside without the worry of having them run away from home. Many have installed small “doggie doors” with direct access to backyards and courtyards. However, keep in mind that doggie doors work both ways and uninvited furry guests have, at times, wandered inside to see what it looks like from the “other side.”

Dog LoversI spoke to a woman who had lots of cats and she had her entire back yard protected with special heavy netting so other animals could not enter her yard and her cats could not escape. Her yard looked like a kitty jungle gym with all sorts of things for her kitties to play with.

Doggie Parks are also a great place to let your dogs “socialize” with other dogs. It’s also a nice place to meet new friends.

Thankfully, it’s become more and more fashionable these days to “adopt a rescue animal.” Unfortunately, rescue agencies are full most of the time because so many people have neglected to take proper care of their little furry friends. The wonderful thing about rescuing a pet from one of these agencies is the gratitude these little furry friends have for being rescued. They will love you forever and provide you with lots of kisses and cuddles each and every day.

I recently heard about an agency you can find online and you can also download an app on your phone. Just go to http://petsunlimited.com to find out all about them. It’s become a very popular site for animal lovers, domesticated and wild.

So the next time you are shopping for a new home, don’t forget to find one your animals will enjoy as well. After all they, they are family!

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

By Nancy Hankin

PLEASE ENJOY THESE SPECTACULAR CHINESE FIREWORKS

THESE ARE THE BEST WE HAVE SEEN EVEN A PLANET WITH ARING AROUND IT.. This Hunan Province town is where fireworks were invented, and the show has never been equaled in the West.  The Chinese are not only the inventors of the fireworks they are still the masters!

Palm Springs Real Estate

Wishing You A Great Desert Day!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

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Green Tip of the Week: Have Your Car Washed!

By Nancy HankinSave Resources, Car Wash

Statistics show that paying for your next commercial car wash could be much more water-efficient than doing it yourself with the garden hose. A typical commercial car wash uses 100 gallons less water per car wash than a home wash, and, in many cases, professional car wash facilities also reuse and recycle the rinse water.

I never knew that. There are many ways we can all learn to “go green.” Simply put, going green will most likely save you $$$ in the long run, and it will also help all of us save our planet.

Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more.

  • Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth.

It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources.

It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.

In practice, going green means adopting five basic principles in your daily life:

All five principles are important in protecting the environment from harm, as well as helping to ensure that living (for humans and other creatures) on earth is sustainable for generations to come.

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

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It’s Better to Be Safe Than Sorry

By Nancy Hankin

Thief, Home SafetyYour home is sending a silent message. Whether you realize it or not, a would-be-intruder gets very clear signals from the exterior of your house. Hopefully, these messages tell thieves ‘don’t bother.’ On the other hand, you may inadvertently be putting out the welcome mat for the Unwelcome Intruder. It’s time to take a long look at your house and make sure the message is one you want to send.

View your home from across the street, and while driving past in a car. Do this in full daylight, again as the sun is setting and again when it is fully dark. Notice shadowy recesses and any blind spots where an intruder might avoid being seen. If you note any out-of-the-way spots that could be potential hiding places, add exterior lighting or motion-sensitive lights for better illumination.

Several years ago I had an attempted break-in, however, my alarm system went off the minute the intruder tried to remove a screen. The intruder fled and no harm was done. Fortunately, I turn my alarm code on every time I leave the house. You’d be amazed how many homes are broken into because the homeowners never bothered to turn Safety, thiefon their alarms.

Be sure that shrubbery is trimmed below the level of the windows so that anyone tampering with a window is clearly visible. Trees that extend too close to the house can provide access to the roof or the second story so have these branches cut back. Again, motion lights are also a great way to scary away intruders.

  • Another suggesting would be to install a peephole in your door so you can easily see anyone coming up to your house.
  • And never leave sliding doors open and walk into another part of your home. Keep sliding doors secured with locks or a simple rod to stop the door from opening more than a few inches to let fresh air in. It only takes a minute for an intruder to enter while you step away to answer the phone in another room.

While you want your house numbers to be clearly visible for police, fire and emergency personnel (and the pizza guy), you do not need to advertise who you are. Hand-painted signs with your last name and/or the names of the family members, including pets, are charming, but give intruders a leg up. A would-be burglar could phone and call you by name, posing as a neighbor or a friend of a friend.

You do not want to help burglars by leaving tools and equipment around. Tools and even barbecue equipment should be secured in the garage, garden shed or house. Ladders should be chained in the garage or storage shed.

Keep in mind that no matter where you hide the spare key, anyone intent on getting into your home can locate it quickly. If you are concerned about someone being inadvertently locked out of the house, ask a neighbor to keep a spare key for you. You might consider switching to a keyless entry with a numbered keypad and eliminate the keys altogether.

These few simple measures will heighten the security of your home, and send a clear message to those unwelcome visitors with less than good intentions.

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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DOORS THE FENG SHUI WAY

By Nancy Hankin

Feng Shui DoorwayFeng Shui (fong schway) is the ancient Chinese art of placement that is said to enhance the energy in any space.

It involves intricate formulas that for centuries have fascinated and confounded people worldwide. Feng Shui also offers simple suggestions that anyone can incorporate. In Feng Shui, the front door of the home is considered to be the primary path for energy to come in and out. Once the energy is in the house, it flows like fresh air from room to room, using the doors and doorways throughout.

When building an addition, plan on doing one of two things. Either locate the doors so that they are not directly across from other doors or large windows, or leave enough room to accommodate a piece of furniture, plant, island, or screen. By positioning an obstacle between two aligned doorways, the energy is encouraged to linger and meander in a room, rather than exiting too quickly. If your current home has a doorway opposite another, and there’s not enough space to position something substantial between them, Feng Shui says that you can hang a crystal from the ceiling midway between the doors. The crystal will serve to keep the energy moving in the room.

Feng Shui Check all the doors in your home and make sure they open fully and easily. Reposition furniture or move boxes stored behind a door so that the full range of motion isn’t impeded. Be sure to repair doors that are loose, sticky, or in need of new hardware. Paint or refinish doors as necessary.

  • Hang attractive items such as mirrors, paintings, or photographs directly opposite the doorway in confined spaces like hallways and foyers.

The area around any door should be well lit. Lamps and light switches should be easy to reach near all doors, including those in hallways, attics, and basements.

The Feng Shui philosophy says that doors are symbols of our ability to make clear, intelligent decisions. Accordingly, doors need to be able to swing fully open, close well, and be in good repair. A door represents opportunity. Since opportunity requires a yes or no, doors that are located opposite one another make it impossible for us to adequately address each opportunity.

So when you are buying a home, remodeling or wanting to make intelligent decisions, keep the placement of doors in mind so you don’t block the path to a more enriching life!

Would you like to make a comment on this article? It’s a great place for you to “let YOUR thoughts be known on the various articles written. Be My Guest………I‘d love to hear from you! Others would too! To comment just scroll down and leave a reply.

IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY

By Nancy Hankin

Energy Savings‘Energy efficient’ means that a building has special features and equipment designed to reduce energy usage and energy costs. These features may include extra insulation, weatherproofing, a heat pump and newer mechanicals, like a furnace, water heater and/or windows with increased energy efficiency.

Even small things such as changing the filters on your furnace, sealing around doors and windows and having your heating and cooling checked professionally will save you dollars. When choosing replacements, look for the Energy Star sign, the government’s symbol for energy efficiency.

          Following are 100 ways to Become More Energy Efficient

Cooling

    • Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
    • Close your exterior doors and windows tightly when the AC is on. Save even more by turning off kitchen and bath exhaust fans.
    • Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
    • Make sure your AC has a rating – or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – of 15. Not only will your AC be more efficient, you could also be eligible for a rebate up to $300.
    • Make saving automatic: Set your thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air running constantly.
    • Block the sun from overheating your home! Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
    • Insulate your walls with injected foam insulation to help you save energy by keeping hot outside air from seeping through porous block walls – check with your local building supply company for details.
    • Energy Conservation Give your AC tune-up. Running an inefficient AC system can result in high monthly bills. Plus, you could qualify for a rebate.
    • Open interior doors so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
    • Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs and qualify for a rebate up to $120 toward repairs.
    • Install attic insulation rated R-30 and sealing any attic leaks to reduce high home cooling costs. You’ll save money each month and qualify for a rebate of $75 or more.
    • Check for household leaks to make sure air isn’t escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows.
    • Decorate for a cooler home by hanging light-colored curtains that allow light to enter a room while blocking some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to reflect heat.
    • Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you’re not using so you’re not paying to cool them.
    • Plant trees to provide shade on the sunny side of your home.
    • Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use no more electricity than a standard light bulb. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave — they only cool people, not rooms.
    • Install more ceiling fans. Because the breeze of a fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler, you can raise that thermostat and still stay comfortable.
    • Raise the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.
    • Install a programmable thermostat to adjust your temperature during the day.

Heating

    • Cover all bare floors. Carpeting or rugs add to comfort and heat retention, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
    • Raise the temperature slowly to keep your bill lower. Quickly raising your heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip, which uses tons of energy.
    • Set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night to keep your home comfortable and save on heating costs.
    • Close the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
    • Limit your use of portable heaters. They’regreat for “spot” heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
    • Keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F.
    • Don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture.
    • Get an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half. Duke Energy Progress offers rebates up to $300 to help you upgrade.
    • Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency.
    • Give your air compressor space to work efficiently. Never stack anything against your HVAC or drape anything over it.
    • Set your thermostat to 60 degrees if going on vacation during the winter months, but don’t turn it off.
    • Heat your home with the sun’s help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime. And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
    • Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.

Lighting

    • Buy bulbs for less. Check out the Duke Energy Progress Residential Lighting Program to find local retailers who offer energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs at discounted prices.
    • Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
    • Use the right bulb. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
    • Replace halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to be a fire hazard, with CFLs – they use less energy and don’t get as hot.
    • Use motion-detector lights for all your outdoor lighting – they’re convenient and efficient.
    • Recycle your CFL bulbs. Check the CFL recycling page to find out how, where and why.
    • Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs.
    • Consider using timers to turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.
    • Choose outdoor CFLs for outdoor lighting – they last up to 10 times longer than standard bulbs.
    • Select light-colored or opaque lamp shades. Place lamps in corners so they reflect light from two walls.
    • Install fluorescent tubes as an efficient way to light your workshop or playroom.

Appliances

    • Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
    • Pull the plug on that second fridge located in the hot garage or utility room. Duke Energy Progress will pick it up and pay $50 to recycle it.
    • Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
    • Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.
    • Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model – energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators.
    • Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down.
    • Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
    • Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy.
    • Replace your refrigerator. Look for the yellow EnergyGuide® label to compare features. Choose models with improved insulation and power-saving switches.
    • Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn’t completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.
    • Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling.
    • Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics.
    • Vent your dryer to the outside to reduce the workload on your air conditioner.
    • Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water.
    • Hang dress clothing to air dry on portable laundry racks; they will also look better.
    • Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.
    • Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.
    • Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.
    • Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.
    • Grill out more often during the summer. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces your AC to work harder, which raises your energy bill.
    • Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
    • Keep stove reflector pans clean to reflect more heat upward while cooking.
    • Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.
    • Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking on the stove to shorten your cooking time and save energy.
    • Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.
    •  Turn off kitchen and bath fans immediately after use.

Water Heating

    • Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
    • Check your hot water pipes for leaks, which can drain your energy savings.
    • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads – available at home improvement stores – to reduce your hot water use.
    • Turn off your water heater until if you plan on leaving home for a few days. And you get back. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
    • Shorten those showers to cut hot water costs.
    • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater. It’ll keep your comfort high and your energy bills low.
    • Install a solar water heater to save energy and money by using solar power.
    • Get an insulation wrap to help your old water heater heat in more effectively.
    • Reduce your water heater temperature setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees — it will save you money while keeping water hot enough for showers and cleaning dishes.
    • Look for the Energy Guide label when purchasing a new water heater— if a more efficient heater is more expensive, you’ll save money over time.
    • Make sure you are washing a full load if you like using hot water for your laundry.
    • Stop that dripping hot water faucet. Leaky faucets not only increase water bills but also increase gas or electricity use for heating the wasted water.
    • Install a timer for your water heater that will turn it off when you are not at home.
    • Choose the right water heater for your needs. While they may promise savings, tankless models are pricey to install – and on-demand water heaters may actually increase your electric bill.

Electronics

    • Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.
    • Avoid energy vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.
    • Look for ENERGY STAR-qualified TVs – they’re up to 30 percent more efficient than noncertified models.
    • Consider a laptop next time you’re looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.
    • Set your computer to sleep or hibernate mode instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity.
    • Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Many chargers draw power continuously, even when the device is not plugged into the charger.

Windows

    • Install high-performance windows, screens and films to protect upholstery, wood and artwork from UV rays while saving energy.
    • Eliminate “hot spots” in your home by using High-performance windows, solar window screens and qualified window films.
    • Consider high-performance windows before you replace your AC system. They’re so efficient that they may help reduce the size and cost needed for a AC system.
    • Install high-performance windows with double-glazing and spectrally selective coatings that reduce heat gain and avoid cranking up your AC.
    • Look for the National Fenestration Rating Council label when shopping for new windows: It means the window’s performance is certified.

Roofing

    • Reduce the strain on your AC by applying reflective coating. This will help you save by decreasing the amount of heat coming into your home.
    • Keep your roof lasting longer. Reflective roofs not only reduce heat buildup, they also prevent the expansion and contraction that degrade roofs.
    • Replace the roof with one with an ENERGY STAR® label. It will save energy and help protect the environment through superior energy-efficiency.

There are multitudes of ways to save on energy, and in doing so, you will save on your pocketbook as well. Today, many homes, communities and golf courses in the Palm Springs Desert Area are learning new ways to conserve water.  May you learn and enjoy many new ways to start on the journey of becoming more energy efficient in your home and community!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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Wall of Remembrance

By Nancy Hankin

Wall of Remembrance
Memorial Day is a day of remembering those who fought to keep us safe from harm’s way. It’s a day to reflect back on those days, to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we could have better tomorrows.

Memorial Day 2014I came across a link on the Internet I wanted to share with you. Click Here to share your memories and the memory of others who have been wounded or died in war.

Healing together makes us a stronger nation. Today, as we reflect back on days our loved ones gave their lives for us, please take a moment to say a silent “thank you” for their great sacrifice, and remember to hug those close to you to let them know how much they mean to you. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily affairs we forget to let those we love and care for know how much they really mean to us. It’s never too late to say “ I love you.”

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent Brought to You By Your Favorite Realtor,

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