PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR TEMPERATURE EXTREMES, OR BUY ONE ALREADY PREPARED

“Green” homes are not just important by fears of Global Warming. “Green” homes save significant amounts of money. Cold is deadly, much more deadly than heat. Insulation is the most important thing you can look for when buying a home today. Global Warming or Global Cooling, this is the most cost effective way to stay comfortable and control the costs of cooling or heating. Add insulation if what you have is not adequate. Dual, or even Triple paned windows are also important, along with blinds on the windows that can be closed and trap air against the windows, or opened to let heat in or out. Outside air ventilation is very effective at heating and cooling a home if there are wide outside temperature swings. Cool nighttime air can be brought in and kept inside during the day. Warm daytime air can be brought in and kept inside during the night. Emergency power may be wise where freezing temperatures occur. Most central heating and cooling systems will not work at all without some electricity. It seems that Commercial Utility power is either at risk, or poised to become very expensive. Clouds are the primary cause of cold weather. Clouds make solar power inefficient. Wind power requires a lot of space and a very large investment using today’s huge wind generators. Smaller wind generators will most likely become available when Solar Power cannot be reliable. Wind generators require maintenance. Have you seen how many dead windmills there are in any given windmill farm? A diesel or gas or propane powered generator may be a good investment. Those fuels will never go away. It is even possible to use the gas that is piped to your home to run a generator to provide electricity for fans lighting, appliances and microwave ovens. Have an electrician add a way to switch to alternate energy sources in case Utility power is interrupted. This switching can even be automatic.

Prepare your home for temperature extremes, or buy one that is already prepared. Be very interested in dual paned windows and insulated floors, walls ceilings and garage doors. Make sure gaps around windows and doors are sealed when they are closed. Use low wattage lighting to save electricity that will be needed for heating or cooling. Look for energy efficient appliances, because electricity and gas utilities will get more and more expensive over time. Use water efficient fixtures because water will get more expensive over time. Droughts are making water conservation a serious financial concern. Buy a “Green” Home, or make one out of one that is not “Green”, and save lots of “Green”.

Home Decor – Orange Accents

Orange is a color that doesn’t get much love when it comes to home decor. Some say it’s too bright, too loud. However, orange can add a welcoming splash of color, if used in the right ways.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Do you have Nest learning thermostat on your wall? If not, there’s a good chance you’re paying too much for heating and cooling. Not only does Nest boast an intuitive interface and elegant design, it can actually reduce your energy bill.

About Paul

A Message to you directly from the Broker-Owners, Paul and JoAnn Claeyssens

Real estate is the most exciting, important, and personal investment one can make. We provide you with complete personal real estate services for Petaluma, Sonoma County, and Marin County. Most of us Buy and Sell Real Estate infrequently. It should be an educational, rewarding and even fun experience. We make it our responsibility to go through the entire experience with you as your personal guide and consultant. We look at it as if we were doing it ourselves, and bring all of our skill and experience to apply when selling your property for you, or finding your dream property. It is a very personal experience, so we treat your personal information with uncompromising confidentiality. We intend to make Selling or Buying Real Estate personally rewarding beyond your expectations. We care, and it shows. Read the testimonials left for us by our Buyers and Sellers.

We are a family-owned, independent Realty company since the beginning in 1989. We are independent, able to do things our way. We don’t have to follow corporate guidelines and dictates of a large organization, designed for the lowest common denominator. Yes, we are a closely held California “C” Corporation, in partnership with Mason Mcduffie, a company that dates back to 1857 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe in a personal approach to the full range of services with our deep personal experience in all aspects of Real Estate. This includes Short Sales, Foreclosures, Loan modifications, REO Properties, 1031 Exchanges, and very effective Promotions of our listings for sale. All of our agents are free to be flexible in assisting you and are honest, passionate, caring, experienced, and pleasant professionals.

Our past and existing customers and clients give us glowing Testimonial reviews for their experience with us for any kind of Real Estate, including Residential, Commercial, Recreational, Ranches and Land.

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