Summer in Texas is upon us, and with it comes the inevitable rise in energy consumption as we try to keep our homes cool. While air conditioning offers relief from the sweltering heat, it can also lead to a significant increase in your power bill. The good news is that there are numerous strategies you can employ to reduce your home's energy consumption and keep those costs in check. Let’s dive into our favorite ways to help you slash your summer power bill without sacrificing comfort.

Optimize Your Air Conditioning Use

Set Your Thermostat Wisely

One of the simplest ways to save on your energy bill is by setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you're not home. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to…

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Although it might seem like we just got to the spring season, a new season will be here before we know it! The Austin Board of REALTORS® just released the latest market stats for April, and if these numbers continue to increase, summer might be the best season to sell your home this year.

Let’s dive into four reasons you should consider listing your home this summer.


4 Reasons You Should Sell Your Home This Summer, Shane White, Real Estate, Texas Real Estate

Low Inventory

The Austin Board of REALTORS® shows a 3.4-month supply of inventory for Williamson County. While this is a 0.8-month increase from last April, it’s still well below the 6-month inventory needed for a balanced real estate market.

Low inventory means there’s less competition for sellers, a higher possibility for multiple offers, and higher sales prices. 

High…

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Summer is the perfect time to give your home some much-needed attention and ensure it's in great shape for the season. Here's a handy home maintenance checklist to help you keep your property in top condition during the summer months:


1. Inspect and Maintain Your HVAC System:

- Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your air conditioning system is running efficiently.

- Clean or replace air filters regularly to maintain good indoor air quality and maximize cooling efficiency.

- Clear any debris or obstructions around outdoor condenser units to promote optimal airflow.


2. Check and Clean Gutters and Downspouts:

- Clear out any debris, leaves, and dirt from gutters and downspouts to prevent water buildup and potential damage…

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When the weather starts cooling off in the fall, it is time to move indoors. There are many ways to spruce up your home so that you'll gladly want to get cozy and spend more time inside. Below are some new trends to check out as you consider a home makeover for a fresh new look.

Color Trends

According to some designers "in the know," gray is the new beige. Different shades of gray make any room look cool and rich. If you're not a fan, then stick with cream colors or white, and create visual aesthetics using different textures and shapes. 3-D art can be especially appealing.

If all that gray and beige isn't your thing, then consider jewel tones to add a splash of color. Indigo, peacock blue, emerald green, and fuchsia get your attention in…

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Moving is one of life's most difficult events, particularly for children. To help everyone adapt to the change, there are certain things that you can do in advance of, during, and proceeding the event. This blog contains advice for families moving with kids.

In Advance of the Move

Problems start as you start packing. Communicating is essential. Tell kids what will take place. Include them in the planning to instill excitement. Talk about all of the good aspects of the move and not the people they are abandoning.

On Moving Day

Change is hard on every member of the family. As stressful as it can be, try to stay positive. Your demeanor has a huge influence on your kids and their reactions. The following are a few other things you can do on…

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Did you make an energy efficient improvement to your home this past year? Homeowners who make energy efficient improvements may be able to use tax credits. There are different types of tax credits that can be applied: energy efficiency tax credits and credit for wind, solar, geothermal, and fuel cell tax credits.

Credit for Energy Efficiency

There are many updates that can be made to your home for energy efficiency. This type of tax credit applies to the following energy efficient items:

  • Building components

  • Furnaces

  • Windows

  • Air circulating fans

  • Insulation

  • Roofing

  • Doors

  • Hot water tanks

Certain requirements apply, so check the tax guidelines prior to buying materials…

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If you are wanting to sell your house in the near future or are simply tackling projects, there are certain repairs that are more likely to add value to your home. Some may be more pricey than others. The following are a few ideas for improving home values.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Adding a clean coat of paint is a slight improvement that can dramatically alter the look and feel of a room. To improve resale value, use neutral color schemes. This allows likely buyers to visualize their own possessions in the space instead of being focused on your bold color choices.

Add a Bathroom

If your house only has one restroom, adding even a half bath can make a great difference when you are ready to sell. It is a convenience factor. Separate full…

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