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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 5/4/2018

Keeping your house cool during the summer months is easy--just blast the air conditioner until autumn, right? Well, for most of us the steep increase in our summer electric bills make us hesitant to keep the air conditioner on more than necessary.

There are techniques and habits, however, that will help you keep your house cool without sweating your electric bill.

In this article, we’re going to break down several ways to lower the temperature in your house. Some will save you money immediately, others are long term solutions that will keep your bill low years down the road.

Investing for the future

Oftentimes, the best solutions are the ones that address the root causes. If your house receives a lot of sunlight, there are a few projects you can undertake now that will save you money for years to come.

First, making sure your home is air tight and well insulated will help you keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Insulation and weatherstripping are easy to neglect, since they’re mostly out of sight and mind. However, the work they do and the pennies they’ll save you in heating and AC will add up over the years.

Next, if you do use an air conditioner, make sure it’s energy efficient. Many people use years-old air conditioners that waste a lot of electricity. Determine if your unit should be replaced or maintenanced--spending some money on your air conditioner now will save you in the long run.

Other, lesser-known, methods of cooling your home involve altering the exterior of your home. You can do this by planting trees in strategic areas to give shade to your home. Or, you can paint your home a brighter color and use reflective roof paint that will reduce the amount of light absorbed on sunny days. This is also true for driveways, where dark colored asphalt will absorb more heat than bright colored concrete.

Simple cooling tips

If you’d rather make short-term changes to your house to lower the temperature now, we have several pieces of advice:

  • Open your blinds and windows at night, when the outdoor temperature drops below the indoor temperature, and then close them in the morning before you leave for work.

  • Limit daytime appliance use. Your laundry machine, dishwasher, and oven all give off a lot of heat that can make your house hotter than need be. Wait until the sun goes down and until you can open the windows in your kitchen and laundry room before starting your chores. Cooking outside and having cold prepared meals is a good way to limit oven use in the summer months.

  • Change or clean your air conditioner filters. Old and dirty filters make your until work harder than it needs to.

  • Try the ice and fan trick. Put a large bowl of ice in front of your fan to chill and moisten the air it gives off. This is especially nice if you don’t like the dry, sterile feeling of air-conditioned rooms.

  • Keep the lights off and use high efficiency bulbs, such as LEDs.

  • Create a draft by opening a downstairs window slightly on one side of the house and opening fully an upstairs window on the other side of the house.

  • Make sure your ceiling fan is blowing down, or counter-clockwise.

  • Use awnings to let light into your home while avoiding direct sunlight from heating up the house.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 7/21/2017

Summer boasts sunshine, warm temperatures and, of course, plenty of great homebuying opportunities.

The summer real estate market frequently represents a homebuyer's dream come true, and perhaps it is easy to understand why. There are many terrific properties available summer after summer, and homebuyers who know how to approach the real estate market should have no trouble securing a high-quality residence at a budget-friendly price.

What does it take to explore the summer real estate market effectively? Here are three summer homebuying tips that you need to know:

1. Become an Informed Homebuyer

Although many first-rate residences likely are available at the beginning of summer, the best properties will sell fast. Thus, homebuyers should take a diligent approach as they browse properties in summertime.

Stay up to date about homes in cities or towns where you would like to relocate. Also, examine home listings closely. Consider how long a property has been available, if the price of the property has been reduced recently and other homebuying factors as you conduct your home search.

An informed homebuyer will be better equipped than others to purchase a home that will serve him or her well for an extended period of time. And if you allocate the necessary time and resources to become an informed homebuyer, you may be able to accelerate the process of acquiring your dream residence.

2. Take Advantage of Open Houses and Home Showings

Open houses and home showings give you the opportunity to get an up-close look at a variety of top-notch residences.

Typically, you will be able to set up home showings at your convenience. These events enable you to browse a property, learn about its pros and cons and determine whether this residence meets or exceeds your expectations.

You also can take advantage of open houses, which serve as large, public home showings. An open house may feature dozens of potential homebuyers who visit a property over the course of several hours. As such, an open house will enable you to check out a house's interior and exterior, imagine what life would be like if you purchased a particular residence and decide whether to submit an offer.

3. Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Browsing residences can be tricky, particularly for first-time homebuyers. But with an experienced real estate agent at your side, you can take the guesswork out of buying a house in summer.

Experienced real estate agents are available year-round and are happy to teach you about the ins and outs of purchasing a house in summertime. A real estate professional will help you submit offers on houses, keep you up to date about open houses and provide expert homebuying tips and guidance. That way, your real estate agent can help you accelerate your journey from homebuyer to homeowner.

Ultimately, an experienced real estate agent is available to support you in any way possible. He or she will even respond to your homebuying concerns and questions and make it easy for you to discover a terrific home in summer.

Collaborate with an experienced real estate agent, and you can navigate the summer real estate market quickly and effortlessly.




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Posted by Sharon Lanen Coskren on 6/16/2017

Massachusetts is a gold mine of fun and historical things to do— and during all four seasons, from the Berkshires to the arm of Massachusetts. There are things to do for families, couples, large groups, and singles. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Western Massachusetts in the summer.

  1. Outdoor activities in Northern Berkshires, MA
Including whitewater rafting, zip lining, kayaking, fishing, wildlife tours, butterfly conservatory and much more. And check out the scenic railway that runs from North Adams to Adams, MA. Northern Berkshires, MA
  1. Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, MA
Hike this monumental mountain and take in views that may just take your breath away. You’ll see sights of the mountainous Berkshires and the Housatonic River Valley and make sure to explore Squaw Peak.
  1. Yankee Candle Factory in Deerfield, MA
Visit the Yankee Candle Factory and tour/shop the Bavarian village, a Christmas wonderland all year round. After you make it through the village, check out Wax Works where kids and adults can create their own candles. But most of all, take in all the scents that this flagship store has to offer. You will find seasonal scents all year round; their current scenes and you may even be in luck to find your favorite scent that is no longer sold in retail stores.
  1. Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a great place to visit on a hot summer day and perfect for kids and adults who love the game of basketball. Tour the museum, attend an event (on select days), and host your child’s birthday party or an event, and much more.
  1. Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA
Once known as Riverside, Six Flags New England is the largest theme park in New England. There are rides and activities for all ages and plenty of food options. If you are looking for a day full of family fun then this is the place to go. So what are you waiting for?







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