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Energy-Saving Tips - Homeowners - Fisher Nicholson Realty

Cold weather is here, and with the inflation we've seen recently, homeowners are worried about energy costs this winter. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your home's energy consumption. Here are a few suggestions from our real estate agents.

  • Only use the heat you need.
    This may sound like a given, but many people don't think to adjust the thermostat when they're asleep or won't be home. It's a lost opportunity to save: The Department of Energy reports that you can save as much as 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills by adjusting the thermostat cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer for just eight hours a day. For instance, you could set your thermostat to65 degrees overnight in the winter and during the day when no one is there. If you have a smart thermostat, you can set it to warm the house up to more standard temperatures before you get home.

  • Keep your furnace in top condition.
    Have your furnace serviced this fall before winter temperatures hit their coldest, and be sure to change your air filter regularly. Dirty or failing furnaces must work harder and use more energy to do their job. When looking at Klamath Falls homes for sale, be sure to check the age of the furnace, as newer furnaces are likely to be more energy efficient.

  • Eliminate drafts.
    When you feel a draft from a leak in your home, the warm air inside your home is replaced with colder air. To keep that heat you're paying for inside your own home, check around all your windows and doors for gaps. Weatherstripping can seal gaps between the window or door and the frame, and cracks between the frame and the wall should be sealed with caulking.

  • Use time of day to your advantage.
    Timing your activities throughout the day can help you cut costs and make the most of the energy you use. For instance, during the day in the winter, you can open the curtains and allow the sun to heat your home so the furnace doesn't have to. In the summer, opening the windows at night may help to cool the house more affordably than running the air conditioner. Remember that energy can cost more during the day when it's in more demand. Therefore you can save money by running laundry and the dishwasher in the evening instead.

  • Turn down your water heater.
    After the cost of heating the home, heating water is typically the next biggest expense on the average family's energy bill. Turning the temperature on your water heater down from the standard 140 degrees to a slightly lower, but still usable, 120 degrees can save you hundreds of dollars per year, according to the Department of Energy.

  • Minimize wasted electricity.
    You can save a lot of money by remembering to turn lights off when you're not using them. Better yet, upgrade your entire house to LED bulbs, which use a fraction of the energy and last for years, if not decades, longer. Another tip is to unplug appliances and devices when not in use, as many use power while in standby mode.

When you minimize your energy consumption in as many areas as possible, the savings can add up, but sometimes older homes just aren't very energy efficient. Are you in the market for a newer, more efficient home? Contact us today to begin your search.


Small Business Saturday 2022 - Fisher Nicholson Realty

As holiday shopping season officially begins, everyone is rushing to get the best deals for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But as crowds flock to the big department stores, many people tend to forget Small Business Saturday. The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (November 26th) is devoted to seeking out small businesses and independent shops and supporting them rather than giant corporations. As inflation continues to skyrocket and the economy becomes increasingly difficult to navigate, shopping small and local is more important than ever.

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Buying a First Home - Fisher Nicholson Realty

Buying your first home can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming. You want to choose a home that perfectly suits your needs. So, just what do you look for in a first home? Our real estate agents have guided numerous first-time buyers through the house-hunting process, and they have a few suggestions.

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Take a Hike Day - Klamath Basin - Fisher Nicholson Realty

November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, a perfect day to spend some time in the great outdoors. There are plenty of great trails near Klamath Falls homes for sale, but where are the really serious trails? Where are the ones where expert hikers can go backpacking? Here are five great backpacking trails near the Klamath Falls area.

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Hidden Costs for Sellers - Fisher Nicholson Realty

No one likes getting a surprise bill. However, when you are selling a home, there are plenty of surprises that may come your way. Understanding these will help you prepare for them so that you won't be taken aback or caught off guard when they do pop up. Our real estate agents are always ready to discuss these with you and help you determine the best way to approach these hidden costs of selling your home.

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Fire Prevention Tips for Homeowners - Fisher Nicholson Realty

The holidays are just around the corner, and with them, heightened concern about fires in the home. Further, with cooler weather on the way, we also have to be mindful of fire hazards as we use fireplaces or other types of heating. 

To help you become more aware of fire prevention in your home, we're pointing your attention to October, National Fire Prevention Month. It's a good time to review tips on fire prevention while casting about the home you chose from Klamath Falls homes for sale for fire hazards.

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Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge - Fisher Nicholson Realty

There's no end to the incredible natural attractions to be explored near Klamath Falls homes for sale, with so much to see on both sides of the Oregon-California border. About 30 miles south of Klamath Falls, just over the border into California, you'll find the expansive Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, covering more than 50,000 acres and featuring new sights to see every season. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to visit the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge and what to expect when you arrive.

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Beer and Pizza Day - Klamath Falls, OR - Fisher Nicholson Realty

Beer and pizza pair together so perfectly. The salty pizza makes you crave the cool, refreshing beer. Both are best enjoyed in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with a group of friends. Beer and pizza are such a famous combination that there's a holiday dedicated to them. International Beer and Pizza Day is coming up on Sunday, October 9. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend celebrating around Klamath Falls.

  1. Mia & Pia's Pizzeria & Brewhouse: 3545 Summers Lane, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
    Mia & Pia's Pizzeria & Brewhouse is a microbrewery featuring handmade pizzas and 13 of their own beers on tap. Favorites include Rod's Rodeo Red and White Pelican Porter. You can also order a full flight and try them all.

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