Attention Nevada Home Owners!

January 1, 2014

Attention Tahoe home owners according to KRNV and MyNews4.com NV Energy residential customers will see an increase on their monthly gas and electric bills as of today, January 1st.

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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient!

October 17, 2013

It’s that time again South Lake Tahoe!  Old Man Winter is just around the corner!  The South Lake Tahoe Real Estate Group is offering tips to make sure you have the most efficient winter to date.  Have you been thinking about selling your home? Did you know that 9 out of 10 of today’s buyers say that heating and cooling cost are a concern when looking for a new home. Do you have replacement windows?  Energy credits are available to begin replacing the windows to prepare your home when you are ready to sell!  Tips below are offer by State Farm Insurance, see how efficient your home is!

Up to half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. By making some smart changes in your energy usage, you can have a big impact on your utility bills.

  • Skip pre-rinsing dishes. It’s good to scrape food off before putting dishes in the dishwasher, but there’s no need to rinse them. You’ll save up to 6,500 gallons of water per year.
  • Replace furnace air filters often. A dirty air filter can make your furnace work harder and use more energy. Replace the filter every two to three months.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs can last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy. LED bulbs are mercury-free and may last three to five times as long as CFLs.
  • Insulate water heaters and pipes. Covering your water heater with an insulated water heater blanket can help retain heat, so the unit uses less energy to heat hot water. Foam or rubber pipe insulation keeps cold pipes from sweating in the summer and reduces heat loss from hot-water flow in the winter.
  • Seal doors and windows. Install door sweeps at the bottom of your front and back doors to keep heat from escaping. Remove old window caulk and apply a fresh seal to retain heat in your home.
  • Clean air ducts. Keep your air ducts clean to improve air flow and reduce stress on your furnace and central air conditioner.
  • Upgrade your thermostat. A programmable thermostat can save you over $100 a year on your energy bill.
  • Install low-flow toilets and shower heads. Toilets consume up to 40% of a home’s average water use. Using low-flow toilets can save more than 9,000 gallons of water a year. A low-flow shower head only uses 1.5 gallons per minute while most conventional shower heads use 5 gallons per minute.
  • Install ceiling fans. For summer use, ceiling fans can cool a room more efficiently than an air conditioner. For winter use, most ceiling fans have a reverse switch so that their blades force heated air down from the ceiling.
  • Hire a professional energy auditor. Using a blower door or infrared photography, a trained auditor can assess where your home is leaking energy. Some utilities even offer free audits.
  • Plant deciduous shade trees near the house. Leafy trees on the west and southwest sides of a house can keep your home cooler in the summer.
  • Replace leaky windows. Replace single-glazed windows with low thermal emissivity (Low-E) windows to reduce heat transfer and keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
  • Insulate walls and attic. Heat escapes through the walls and attic of homes. Blown-in foam insulation can be a very cost-effective way to seal walls, with minimal structural intrusion. Replacing old attic insulation with fresh fiberglass cover can reduce your heating bills.
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR appliances. Refrigerators, televisions, stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and air conditioners with this designation can save you a significant amount each month in energy bills. Start by replacing your oldest, least-efficient appliances first, before they have a major problem.
  • Install solar panels. Solar panels, which can be used to heat hot water or generate electricity, can save money on your energy bills over the long run, lower your fossil fuel usage, and may qualify for tax incentives.

Learn More Homeowner Tips at State Farm.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantee of the results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

South Lake Tahoe Bans Plastic Bags

October 5, 2013

On October 1st by a 3-2 vote South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed to ban single-use plastic bags.  Beginning on January 15th local retailers will cease providing plastic bags to consumers.  Stock up on your canvas bags and remember to keep some stored in your vehicle!

What’s So Bad About Plastic Bags?

  • Plastic bags are not biodegradable
  • They clog waterways
  • Spoil the landscape, South Lake Tahoe’s Landscape is precious
  • They will take 1,000 years or more to break down in our landfills
  • When they break down it is to smaller particles of non biodegradable plastic
  • Pollute the soil and water
  • Plastic bags pose a serious threat to birds and marine mammals that will mistake them for food
  • Wildlife deaths occur each year from ingestion or chocking on discarded plastic bags
  • The production of plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating

Our home has now joined the other 89 California municipalities that already have bans in place.  Lake Tahoe News has more information on the council’s decision.  Once you start to use canvas bags you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!

It’s So Tahoe!

World Champions!!!

October 29, 2012

Way to go San Francisco Giants!! World Series Champions once again!

Champions!!!

The South Lake Tahoe Real Estate Group our proud to be Giants Fans!!! Can You say SWEEP!!!

 

It’s Time to Shovel!!!

February 29, 2012

Did you know that one shovel full of wet snow can weight up to 25lbs??  How many shovel fulls does it take to clear your drive way?  Do the answers to these questions sounds like a workout comparable to your work out routine?  We are sure they do!  Today the South Lake Tahoe Real Estate Group, with great tips from The Fit Doctor, would like to give you some advice to prepare your body for shoveling your drive way!

  • First give your body a quick warm up!  Maybe some jumping jacks or quick spin on a stationary bike.
  • Stretch the muscles in your lower back, hamstrings and shoulders.  Remember to hold your stretch for at least 30-90 seconds.
  • It good to avoid drinking your coffee until you are done shoveling.
  • When shoveling, make sure your footing is solid and you are bending at your hips and legs.
  • Keep your shovelfuls light and don’t twist with a full shovel.  This will generate torque on the spine.
  • Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to clear your drive way.  Consider your fitness level!
  • Purchase two good large shovels, one for scooping and one for plowing.
  • For more fitness information contact The Fit Doctor!  Link to website above.

An Extra Day of Snow this Leap Day!

The South Lake Tahoe Real Estate Group also offers contact information to several local services within our home of South Lake Tahoe!

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