Thinking of a new furnace or air conditioner? Or maybe you have been in need of a water heater or new windows? Not only will you benefit from the immediate comfort of installing and upgrading your current systems – you will save money in the long run by using less energy and reducing your electric/gas bills. AND you may find your improvement qualifies you for a tax credit.
The Energy Star website has details on the qualifying improvements and upgrades and explains how the tax works. Check it out. You still have 5 months to complete the work. The deadline is 12.31.2010.
Take some time this spring and wash your windows – inside and out. You will be amazed at what a difference it makes in your home. If you have windows that are hard to reach – consider hiring someone reputable to do the task for you. If you live in a condo or a townhouse – see if you can get a discount for having the entire building done.
If you are selling your house – this really does make a difference when you are on the market. You will be amazed at how much brighter and lighter your rooms will feel. Buyers all want – light and bright. I have never had a buyer who asked me to find something darker with less natural light. An added benefit is that prosepective buyers will see how clean and well loved your home is. Set your self apart from the competition with the details.
Earth-friendly window cleaners:
Seventh Generation - Cleans without harsh chemicals, is biodegradable and no streaks.
Method - non-toxic cleaner offering you streak-free glass with one of my favorite smells – Mint. I might have to try this one just for the smell!
If you prefer not to have a separate cleaner for your glass – try vinegar and water. vinegar is a great grime fighter and a product I use frequently in cleaning. Chances are you already have some distilled white vinegar on hand. Don’t let the smell stop you from using it – it vanishes quickly.