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Wednesday, April 28 2010

As summer approaches and we all get busier and spend more time outside, inside chores can easily get overlooked.   Here are some of tips for a quick cleaning of the house:

  • Vacuum carpets – nothing makes the whole house feel clean like freshly vacuumed floors.
  • Clear counters of all clutter – have a bag or basket handy for each family member and place items that are on counters or just laying around in their basket to be put away. The baskets – if not overflowing – will present a cleaner look than things laying on counters and such.
  • Clear the kitchen sink and counters of all dirty dishes.
  • Bathrooms – can get messy the fastest and yet can be cleaned quickly as well.  Keep cleaning wipes handy and each time someone uses the room they can wipe down the counters, the toilet or the faucets for a quick shine!   Change the towels, again fresh towel make the room feel clean and fresh.
  • Make the beds. 
  • Carry a dusting cloth and a dry/wet cloth with you as you walk the house, it takes just a few minutes to tidy up and with these tools you can walk and clean easily. 
  • On nice days, open the windows, fresh air does wonders. 
  • Add some nice smell – candles or add some vanilla extract to water and boil on the stove. 
  • Fresh flowers – you are outside anyway, pick some and add them to rooms around the house.   Try different arrangements and different “vases”. 
  • Add candy dishes with colorful candies to end tables.  Or use marbles or colorful rocks to create a “sunny” display. 

Some outdoor tips:

  • Sweep the entryway, porch and walkways.
  • Pay special attention to the front door, remove cobwebs that can quickly accumulate and create a “non welcoming” feel to visitors.  Many of us enter our homes thru the garage doors and don’t realize what our front door looks like to visitors!  
  • Mow the lawn & pull weeds.
  • Clean up pet droppings; toys and other items that accumulate in the yard. 
  • Rearrange the patio furniture.
  • Add potted plants to the porch or deck.  Red flowers create a welcoming feel.

Enjoy the wonderful weather! 

Helping you find your home is our goal; getting you through the process is our expertise,

Reechia & Keith Powell

 

Plano Texas Real Estate

Posted by: Debbi AT 11:27 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, April 15 2010

April 24th, 2010

Event Description VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  This is Plano's 24th annual community-wide cleanup effort. Join over two million volunteers from more than 14,000 communities nationwide as they participate in neighborhood, school campus, park and creek cleanups! Everyone can help...individuals, groups and organizations. It's good for the environment!

For more information and required pre-event registration, visit www.livegreeninplano.com

 

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Posted by: Debbi AT 04:03 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, April 13 2010

Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway

Saturday April 17,2010

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM  

The 2010 Live Green Expo will bring you face-to-face with the nation's foremost experts in the field of sustainable-living. Come and learn about protecting our environment by conserving resources, minimizing waste and reducing toxic products and materials....learn about renewable energy sources and how to integrate environmental values into your everyday life...and more!  Visit numerous vendor booths, cooking demos, explore the DIY Room, learn about 'green' jobs...and more! 

Joel Salatin is the 2010 keynote speaker. He's an American farmer, lecturer and author ("You Can Farm" and "Salad Bar Beef") who raises livestock using holistic methods on his 550-acre Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

 

OTHER things to enjoy:

Compost Fair/Exhibit                   Rain Barrel workshop                 Children's activities                      Fair Trade market                       Local & Organic Foods                 Green Job panel Water Conservation demos           Over 150 exhibitors

www.livegreenexpo.net

 

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Posted by: Debbi AT 01:27 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, April 08 2010

Two Immaculate Homes Open for your Viewing
We hope to see you on Sunday, April 11th between 1pm and 4pm


3616 Trail Walker Drive, Plano
Custom home with many upgrades
Stunning and beautiful! 


3621 Trail Walker Drive, Plano
Kensington Custom Home
Warmth and elegance from top to bottom!


Helping you find your home is our goal

Getting you through the process is our expertise,

Reechia & Keith Powell

Plano Texas Real Estate

Posted by: Debbi AT 03:43 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, April 05 2010

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

April 9 - 11, 2010

A great way to get a jump start on spring planting and adding beauty to your slice of Texas heaven!   

More details

 

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Posted by: Debbi AT 03:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, April 02 2010

We realize that everyone wants to find ways to save money around the house, but these inexpensive home improvements will save a few dollars and some will pay for themselves.   Here are our 13 suggestions:

1.      Get a Programmable Thermostat

·        It can save you a couple of hundred dollars a year on heating and cooling costs.  You can program it to lower the house temp while you are sleeping, and warm up just before your alarm goes off. 

·        Average cost is $80 – you will save that in the first year.

2.     Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

·        You can about $56 over the life of each bulb; now multiply that by 40 blubs (the number of blubs in an average home) and that is BIG savings.

·        The bulbs last for years.

·        Average cost per bulb $1.50

3.     Low Flow Shower Head

·        They can provide up to 40% water savings. 

·        Installed throughout the house they can save a family as much as 8,000 gallons of water a year. 

·        Cost - $65 - $105 depending on finish and brand

4.     Low Flow Toilet

·        Toilets gulp a lot of water, but a low flow one will use just 1.6 gallons per flush. 

·        Cost – about $350-$400

5.     Insulation

·        Heat loss through walls, floors, and roof accounts for about 45% of heat and cooling loss. 

·        Attics are often the easiest to insulate and can be a DYI weekend project. 

·        You could qualify for a federal tax credit!

·        Cost – average $1,500

6.     D’Mand System Water Circulation Systems

·        Why should water go down the drain while you are waiting for it to heat up?  That could be 10,000+ gallons a year!

·        This system automatically recirculates colder water back to your water heater.

·        Cost - $500 - $700

7.     Smart Switches

·        You tell it where you live and what day it is and you never set it again.  A mini computer figures out sunrise & sunset and controls your outdoor lights so they are on when needed and off during the daylight! 

·        Cost - $30 and up

8.     Insulated Ducts

·        Heat and cool are lost through uninsulated metal tubes, or through the gaps in the ducts. 

·        It can cost around $500 to wrap the ducts but it can save you around $400 a year!  And you can do it yourself! 

9.     An Energy Audit

·        Like a physical for your body, this is for your house; it pin-points all the ways your home is using and losing energy. 

·        You can do it yourself, but a pro will use more advanced techniques and tools to really help your bottom line. 

·        Some utilities will do it for free, or it can cost as much as $350 – either way it will save your money! 

10. Washing Machine

·        Old machines are big water hogs.  But the new front-loading ones will save your $100 a year in water and electricity. 

·        Cost - $600+ - but check for “cash for clunkers” programs and rebates!

11. Tankless Water Heaters

·        Provide hot water only when it is needed, no need for a big tank sitting in the basement – and now waiting for hot water to arrive from the basement. 

·        Tankless water heaters are anywhere from 8% to 50% more efficient.

·        Cost - $800 and up

12. Geothermal Heat Pumps

·        Similar to regular heat pumps, however these use the heat of the ground to provide heating and cooling and sometimes hot water. 

·        Cost - $7,500 plus drilling – however you can recoup your cost in 5 to 10 years. 

13. Energy-efficient Windows

·        Newer windows will block UV rays, and stem unwanted heat and cooling loss. 

·        Recent results suggest a 30% reduction in the size of a/c unit needed with these newer windows. 

·        Cost – varies by region, company and number of windows needed.

Got questions?  Call us, we can help! 

Helping you find your home is my goal,
Getting you through the process is my expertise.

Keith & Reechia Powell

Allen Texas Real Estate

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