There is perhaps nothing more annoying than receiving a high energy bill, especially when you have had as many heat waves as we have had this summer. While some of this might be obvious, we thought it might be a good idea give refresher on a couple ways to cut energy costs.
Close the blinds and curtains
While it may make it a little dark in the home, closing the blinds and curtains will keep the sun and any excessive heat out. This action will in turn prevent the air conditioner from having to run more frequently and for longer periods of time. If your home doesn’t have an air conditioner, it will also help keep the room temperature at bay in the home.
Try running them on off peak times. Hydro companies charge less during these hours – check your service provider for rates and times.
Also, if budget permits, consider purchasing or replacing your appliances with green energy efficient products. You may also find that there are added incentives and discounts from manufacturers when purchasing such products.
Power Bars, electronics and lights
Make sure to turn off power bars, unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use. You may be surprised at the amount of energy being used by them. Making this simple change will help to decrease your energy usage, helping to lower your costs.
Turn down your water heater! While we all enjoy having hot water, you may be surprised to find that you can still achieve the water temperature you desire even with your water heater set at a lower temperature. Remember: keeping it at a high temperature requires a significant more amount of energy.
Maintaining your home, its devices and appliances play an important role in energy efficiency. When your appliances aren’t maintained properly, they don’t run as efficiently and this can contribute to increased energy costs.
For coupons and more tips on saving energy visit www.saveonenergy.ca. This is a great resource for any home owner.
(July 6, 2015 – Hamilton, Ontario) For the third month in a row, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported record breaking sales in the Greater Hamilton, Burlington and outlying areas. June’s 2062 property sales processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system smashed the record of 1810 sales set just last month.
“The real estate market exploded in June,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe. “To break the old record – set just last month – by that much and for the second month in a row, shows just how active it was. We saw more areas throughout Hamilton in particular where homes sold at or above list price as an average – not just in isolated cases.”
“Inventory is extremely low,” added Godsoe. “We are deep into a sellers’ market right now. The two main indicators are the sales-to-listing ratio, which is high at almost 85 per cent in the residential market, and months of inventory. Right now we have less than two months inventory. That is extremely low when you consider that a balanced market has five to eight months of inventory.”
Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of June, 2015
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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported a record 1,810 property sales processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system in May. This represents a 9.4 per cent increase in sales compared to May of last year, and smashes the record of 1,699 all property sales set last month. There were 2,587 properties listed in May, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to the same month the year prior. End-of-month listing inventory was 8.9 per cent lower than last May.
“For the second month in a row, sales in the Hamilton-Burlington area broke an all-time record,” said RAHB CEO Ross Godsoe. “To say that we’ve had a busy spring market would be an understatement. Low inventory and relatively low prices have led to properties in the old city of Hamilton to sell, on average, at or above asking.”
“Listing and sale numbers continue to grow,” added Godsoe. “However, inventory is still very low, with just two months supply of listings. The Hamilton-Burlington market has favoured sellers for a while now, and remains one of the tightest markets in Canada.”
Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of May, 2015