Ideas for Saving Energy with Your Smart Home

WRITTEN BY REALTY TIMES STAFF

Ideas for Saving Energy with Your Smart Home

You may feel safe inside on a hot, smoggy day, but hidden dangers could be damaging your health right in your own home. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4.3 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollution. Poorly ventilated dwellings, smoking around the home and fine particles can all negatively impact your health.

Although you can try to improve your home’s health by regularly changing filters and opening the windows to let in some fresh air, you need some smart home technology to help save energy. That will ultimately help you go green by cutting down on your energy consumption. As an added benefit, saving energy can also trim your energy bills and save some money in the process. Get started with these five smart home ideas for saving energy.

Control Your Smart Home Automation

Before you start your smart home journey, look at how you can control the automation process from the start. For example, smart appliances can help reduce your energy consumption, but you need a way to control everything from turning your lights on and off to adjusting your thermostat.

Automation can be controlled right from your smartphone or tablet. It’s also best to get a smartphone that works in tandem with a reliable network for controlling your home remotely while you’re on the go. For example, a phone like a Samsung Galaxy Note8 or iPhone 7 Plus can leverage apps like Wiser EMS or Nest Mobile. Just about every smart home product on the market comes with an app to manage from your smartphone or tablet so you can improve your energy efficiency whether you’re at work or on vacation.

Use Smart Climate Control

You can go beyond controlling the temperature of your home and actually control its entire indoor climate. The Nest thermostat doesn’t need to be programmed, and instead learns your habits and adapts the climate of your home to your life. The Nest can automatically adjust itself based on your lifestyle, the time you come and go on a regular basis, and when the season changes. You can even control the individual temperatures of specific rooms so your energy efficiency remains high.

After using Nest for a week, it can program itself and significantly reduce your energy consumption so you’re saving more on your electric bill. You’ll also get an alert from Nest to your smartphone app if something is wrong like the temperature is dropping low enough to make your pipes burst or the furnace is acting up.

Switch to Purifying Floors

You may already know that your home contains pollutants based on poor air quality and ventilation. But the materials your home was built with, or even its furnishings, can continuously emit toxic contaminants including formaldehyde.

Pure Genius flooring is made without solvents, volatile organic compounds or formaldehyde. It also uses light-activated and air-purifying agents made of titanium dioxide in its Titanium floor finish line. You can ultimately help purify your air, and reduce the energy needed to run fans and ventilating systems to freshen up your home. Another option for floors with an eye on energy efficiency is radiant floors with embedded tubing inside concrete to improve more efficient heating and cooling.

Update Your Appliances

You may have heard of energy-efficient appliances already, but may not have heard about smart home appliances that can save both energy and time. Smart appliances allow you to remotely program your washer or dryer to operate in the middle of the night to reduce the strain on the electrical grid. Meanwhile, an energy-efficient smart fridge like LG’s smart fridge can tell you that you’re out of milk and save you energy at the same time.

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MARKET WATCH

Single Family Home Activity in the Antelope Valley

In the last 24 hours
09/20/17

New Listings …  20
Sold …  24
Pending …  27
Expd/Wthd/Cancld …  03
Price Increases …  01
Price Reductions …  15
Number of listings* …  1068
Average Days on Market …  77
Short sale/pay listings …  17
Equity listings …  931
Bank owned listings …  21
HUD, Corp, Probate and Auction listings …  40
Days of inventory (at the average rate**) …  25.86
Days of inventory (at yesterdays rate**) …  39.56
Actual Number of days of inventory***  …  152.57

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** Assuming no future growth or reduction
*** At yesterdays depletion rate (∞ indicates negative depletion,
inventory would not be depleted at this sales rate)
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A Regional Guide to Staging Your Outdoor Space

WRITTEN BY AMALIE DRURY

A Regional Guide to Staging Your Outdoor Space

Indoor-outdoor living is a concept that’s becoming ever more important to homebuyers. And no matter where in the US you live or when you want to sell, you can stage your outdoor space to show buyers how they can make the most of it year-round.

Southwest

With so many gorgeous days on the calendar, a great outdoor space is a must on most homebuyers’ wish lists in this part of the country. But the region – which ranges from Arizona to parts of Louisiana – is challenged by extreme heat. To help buyers imagine how to beat that heat, be sure your outdoor space includes umbrellas, sail shades or another form of cover from the blazing sun. Use outdoor rugs to soften the effect of foot-searing stone surfaces underfoot, and add pops of bright color–from chair cushions to blooming flowers – to cheer up a space where the plantings or lawn have fallen victim to the heat. If your outdoor space includes a fan, turn it on to get the air moving and break up the humidity. Finally, consider adding a small water feature for pleasant background noise and to create the impression that all is not hot and dry.

Southeast

Hot summers and mild winters make this region – roughly from Virginia on down – a great place for outdoor living almost year-round. Capitalize on this by creating different settings to show how the home’s space can be used in a variety of ways. Almost every room inside your home can have an outdoor twin. To help buyers envision al fresco family meals, set up a “dining room” on the patio or porch complete with a table, chairs, and even simple place settings with melamine dinnerware and vases of fresh flowers. In another area, arrange a few lounge chairs around a low table or fire pit to bring to mind leisurely conversations over cocktails. Pull up a chaise or two in a sunny spot, and include a side table stocked with a couple of books from the current bestseller list. If your home has a porch, turn it into a cozy nook: There’s nothing more inviting than a porch swing.

Northeast and Midwest

Four distinct seasons – including very cold winters that necessitate a break from outdoor living–make this region an interesting place to take in what nature has to offer, from lush green springs to warm summers and brilliant, crisp falls. If you’re selling during winter, bring your outdoor furniture out of storage to show buyers how they can set up when it’s warm. Cheer up the vibe with string lights and fill planters with wintertime greenery, grasses and berries. Unused outdoor spaces can get grimy and drab in wintertime, so be sure to sweep stairs, patios and porches, dust exterior windowsills and touch up peeling fences or railings. The other three seasons allow you to show your space at its best. To prep for photos and showings, refresh your patio furniture with new cushions or outdoor throw pillows, fill your planters with blooming flowers, set up a bright, cheery umbrella to create shade, and keep the landscaping immaculately maintained.

Pacific Mid/South

This part of the country encompasses two totally different sides of the weather spectrum, from nearly year-round perfection in California to high snowfall and frigid winters in Montana and Colorado. In the former, appeal to buyers of all ages by making your outdoor space look breezy, modern and clean in keeping with West Coast culture. Opt for streamlined furnishings and architectural planters over anything too traditional. Drape chaises with chunky blankets in natural hues to show how the space can be used on chilly nights after the sun goes down. And in states that get winter weather, be sure to include a fire pit as part of your outdoor setup. If it’s cold when you list the home, stage outdoor furniture (minus the cushions) to show how the space can be used in milder seasons, and fill planters with winter greenery for a lush look.

Pacific Northwest

Yes, it’s the wettest part of the country, but the region that includes Oregon and Washington lures nature lovers who dream of living among lush forests and stunning coastlines. Outdoor staging should include seating areas under umbrellas or covered porches, where homebuyers can imagine themselves snuggling up even on drizzly days. String lights go a long way toward cheering up a space in dreary conditions, and a fire pit, lanterns or heat lamps can also help warm up the vibe. Since ferns, flowers and grasses tend to thrive in this region, play up that benefit with plenty of landscaping to enliven the space. Craftsman and transitional architecture are popular in this part of the country, so choose furnishings and planters with a modern-classic look – not too sleek, not too traditional.

Stage your home’s outdoor space with the same care you use inside, and buyers will have double the reason to consider making the property their own.