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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 12/15/2019

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Saving money with your décor can mean more than just finding a good deal on new couches. If you invest in decorative options that increase the efficiency of your home, you extend your savings. Proper insulation goes a long way but still, much of the energy loss in homes happens through the windows and walls. When shopping for decor, search for options that look great but also provide insulating properties for your space. An easy place to begin is with your windows.

Insulating window coverings work to keep your home cool in the warm months and warm during the colder months. They are widely available in a variety of styles and dimensions so you’re sure to find something that compliments your space.

Thermal drapes: The most common and least expensive option is thermal drapes or curtains. Thermal curtains are generally lightweight and the simplest option to install. Hanging them doesn't require the use of a stud-finder or high-end curtain rods, often a simple tension rod will suffice. 

Cellular shades: These shades are comprised of honeycomb-shaped cells that trap pockets of air within them, creating an insulating barrier between the outside and inside of your home. The more layers within the shade, the more protective the barrier. Cellular shades can include room darkening or blackout capabilities and are often cordless making them a good choice for households with children or pets.

Roman shades: Rather than the insulating air pockets utilized in cellular shades, roman shades use layers of fabric and other materials to create a thermal barrier. They can be a more decorative option because of the fabric component. You’ll find many DIY options available for creating this style. This is helpful if you want to personalize them with special fabric or if you need to fit them to a window that’s not a standard size.





Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 8/14/2016

LED light bulbsIt is probable that electric rates will rise soon, again. Let’s explore some ways to help lower your utility bill. First, change your light bulbs to LEDs. These bulbs cost a bit more, but in the long run, they will save you money, using less wattage and last a very long time. If you have a lot of lights, you may want to buy these bulbs over time. But read on. If you have light company, such as National Grid, call them and ask for an energy audit of your home. They will send someone out who will do a walk through to determine how your home can be made more energy efficient. Some states, such as Massachusetts, have companies who will replace all your light bulbs with LEDs for no cost. Also, they may offer you a discounted rate to upgrade the insulation in the attic and other energy-sapping places that will save you money in heating and lighting. Check these suggestions out—it will be good for your wallet, as well as saving the environment. It’s the responsible thing to do, and will save you money, overall.




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Posted by Century 21 North East - Norton Group RE on 12/23/2012

Did you know that sealing and insulating your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy efficient? It is a project that is also easily done yourself. The heating and cooling of your home accounts for about 50 percent to 70 percent of the energy used. So unless your home was built as an energy-efficient home, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. Even a small amount of insulation-if properly installed-can reduce energy costs dramatically. Energy Star has created a comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to sealing and insulating your home. The guide provides step by step instructions and photos to: 1.Learn how to find and seal hidden attic and basement air leaks 2.Determine if your attic insulation is adequate, and learn how to add more 3.Make sure your improvements are done safely 4.Reduce energy bills and help protect the environment Click here to download the guide. Make sure to check your state and local codes before starting any project and follow all safety precautions.




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