Keep your home cool this summer

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Summer’s here and we’re all looking forward to days at the beach, BBQs and long cold drinks. With it will undoubtedly come hot weather, air conditioners on full and increases in power bills. There are many ways to keep cool at home without running up unnecessary energy bills. Have you ever stopped to think about how many hours you need to work to pay a power bill? 

Here are a few ideas to try and keep the heat at bay this summer.

Shade your windows

Keeping the sun off your windows during summer is key to keeping your home cool. Shading can be provided by external shade blinds, shade cloth or trees. This simple strategy helps to reduce heat build-up in the house, increases comfort and defers the need for air conditioning for a while.

Why shade the glass? Did you know that for every one square metre of glass the sun directly hits, the heat is radiated inside by over 35%. That’s equivalent to a one-bar electric heater being on in the house for every square metre of glass the sun hits. Stopping that with shading devices can make a big difference.

Fans first

Using fans to circulate the air produces a cooling effect on the skin of between 3C to 6C. This helps you to feel cooler without having to use an air conditioner. Depending on your local energy rates, fans cost about 1.5 cents an hour to run, air conditioners cost around 50 cents an hour upwards to run. Fans are a great way to put off turning on that air conditioner and much cheaper to run.

Let the hot air out Efficient cooling

If you have evaporative cooling be sure to leave a few windows ajar.

If you have a reverse cycle or refrigerated air conditioner you’ll need to close off the area you are cooling to keep the cool air in while the system is on. Regularly check and clean the filters to ensure the system operates efficiently.

Regardless of the type of system you may have, consider increasing the temperature. Instead of having the temperature set at 20C, set it to 24C. It will still be cool, and for every 1C you save cooling, you could save up to 10% of the running cost.

The combined approach

To get a really efficient cooling use a fan in conjunction with the air conditioner. You can set the temperature on the air conditioner higher which will save on energy costs. With both running together you’ll get a great cooling effect for less energy, and less cost.

By implementing a few of these cooling tips you should be able to keep your cool this summer without breaking the bank on energy bills.

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Selling tips; presenting your property.

Front view appeal: The front of your property is first focal point for numerous buyers. Many people will do a ‘drive-past’ before viewing the property at a home open. Ensure your garden is maintained and attractive, or driveway and pathways weedless, swept and clean.

Fix it: There’s no surprise that buyers don’t want extra work to be done. If you are presenting your property in the highest standard, make sure leaky taps are tightened, lightbulbs replaced, fallen fences are fixed and decide what may need replacing.

De-clutter: When you clear out the excessive clutter in rooms it not only keeps the place tidy but also allows for rooms to been seen as their correct size.

Clean, Clean, Clean: Buyers want to envision your home as theirs. No one wants to walk into a home and see it dirty, so before every viewing give your property a proper clean, including windows to bring in bright, natural light.

Pets: Pets can create a lot of mess and dirt very quickly. Ensure they are not around for home opens and all toys, food bowls and surprise gifts in the backyard are cleaned up.

Aerate: Freshen your home by opening windows and doors to let out any odours that may have been lingering in your home.

Styling: This is the last factor is presenting your home. Check out websites like Pinterest for styling tips, hire furniture for the open homes or if you have purchased a new property, move your things leave it clean and empty. Whatever you choose, remember not everyone has the same style preference, so go for a minimalist look with clean, fresh colours.


Interested in more selling tips? Give us a call today on 08 9445 2455

10 ways to keep your home warm this winter

Perth has seen a chilly winter this year, with nightly temperatures dropping into the single degrees! Here’s some great easy ways to keep you and your home warm in winter whilst saving some extra money on your energy bill.

1. Go Natural

Warming your house doesn’t have to mean using your heater for all hours, and just because its winter doesn’t mean it rains all day. Perth usually has beautiful sunny days, why not maximise that? By opening the blinds and allowing the sunshine to come through, your house will be warmed naturally in the day. Then when the sun sets or hides away for the afternoon, close up your blinds to trap in the extra heat! You can add an extra insulation by changing your blinds in the winter months to thicker or even thermal built blinds.

2. Use the heater sparingly

Do you need the heater on all night if you’re rugged up? One of the easiest tricks is to add extra blankets! Feeling snuggly in bed is a great sensation in winter time and heaters can dry out the air in your home. Add some heavy blankets to your bed and switch to flannelette sheets to trap in the warmth all night long and give your heater a rest. Same goes for when you’re watching TV. Put on a big jumper, wrap up in a blanket and put on some cosy socks – all easy things you can do to stay warm without the rise of your energy bill. A few other tricks include setting a timer for your heater, lowering the thermostat and only turning it on to get the chill out of the air.


3. Warm the floor

If your household has mostly wooden floors, tiles or vinyl in the main areas, a great way to warm up a big space like a living room is to throw down a plush rug! A rug can be an inexpensive item that creates a warming environment for the whole home and gives the kids somewhere to sit when playing in winter.

4. Block the draft

Remember those draft stoppers that looked like snakes? You don’t have to go out and buy expensive objects for your home, why not try rolling up a towel and placing it under the door? Or have a DIY day with some rice or corn, stuffing and old big socks! Windows can let a lot of cold air in too and over the years the so be sure to patch these up.

5. Use a warmer

An age old classic from your grandmother that seem will be around for centuries to come – dig out the hot water bottle! You can get some funky designs for your kids or a nice snuggly cosy for you, just cover your water bottle, fill with hot water and cuddle. A heat pack is also a great alternative.

6. Hang your clothes out

We can all get a bit lazier in the winter months, but while you’re utilising those sunny days for bringing warmth into your home, it’s a good chance to pop outside and hang out your washing! A dryer – although definitely needed sometimes, can use up to A drying rack inside the house is an easy idea for when you need it inside. And remember, when using the dryer – open up the laundry door so the extra moisture and warmth filters through the house.

7. Reverse your ceiling fans

Most people don’t even realise this little trick, but you can reverse your ceiling fans through either a cord or a switch on the side. Don’t worry it doesn’t blow around cold air like you’re used to in Summer but simply is there to push the warm air down, creating a much cosier environment

8. Check your bills

If your energy bill is noticeably higher than usual, there are some things in your home you can check. Who is in the house the majority of the time and are they sticking to short showers? Is there a new addition to the home? Are all your appliances working well? Old appliances that need updating can often use more electricity than when they first started. By checking your bills you can find out what in your environment you’ve changed since the last one and adjust accordingly.

9. Do you need more insulation?

Heat can escape and enter through the roof, which is why it’s important to have insulation in our attics year round. Did you know just a 5% gap can dramatically drop insulation effectiveness by a huge 50%? Insulation can break down and should be replaced every 20-25 years to feel its full potential.

10. Warm up from the inside

If all else fails there’s nothing better than sipping on a hot drink – some piping hot coffee in the morning to get you going, a fragrant herbal tea for sleepy evenings or a hot chocolate for those special occasions and for the kiddies. You could also spend a few hours getting creative with some homemade winter fresh soup to warm you from the inside out!

Written by Nichola Gray for Wright Real Estate Doubleview.

 

Is your house ready to rent?

You’ve just bought an investment property, or may have decided to move out of your humble abode and rent it out to the people of Perth, so all you need to do now is call a property manager and get tenants, right? Wrong! You may think your house is perfect but there’s some preparations you need to make to ensure your home is ready for rent.

Broken? Fix it!
Rent ready means exactly that – ready! Whether it’s a broken flyscreen or leaky taps, these are all things you must fix before looking for tenants. Common problems for renters include hot water systems not working, ovens breaking down or keys not working. Don’t forget outside and make sure those fences, broken tiles, flaky paint or the rundown garden and lawn are up to scratch.

Get a better return on your investment
When a property is up to scratch, there are less hassles for all parties involved. Just imagine – a whole lease without phone calls between you, the property manager and tenants to organise maintenance for something that could have been prevented!


Clean it
Your property needs a big clean before you rent it out including:
• carpets;
• curtains and blinds;
• flyscreens;
• windows;
• rubbish bins;
• garage and more.

Compliance
Are you up to date with your requirements for current compliance and regulations? This can include RCD and smoke alarms, pool requirements and legal documentations. Does the property meet electrical and water efficiency standards under your local Residential Tenancies Act? Check the laws relevant to your property with our Senior Property Manager Wendy Berryman today on 9445 2455 and take the stress out of your investment.