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Simple ways to save money in your kitchen

Categories: Apex, New Homes in Apex, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: January 24, 2020

If you are like most, ways to help you save money are always tips that you are open to learning. However, did you know that you can save money right in your kitchen starting today? Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares tips on how to cut your bills straight from your kitchen.

The first way you can save money from the comfort of your kitchen, is to unplug any electronics that never fully turn off. The most common offenders in kitchens are Coffee makers and toasters. If you unplug any items like this in your kitchen after each use, you will save money on your electric bills. A little adds up over the course of months and years combined.

The next thing you can consider is what temperature you have your refrigerator set too. If you milk is icey, chances are the temperature of your refrigerator is too cold and your fridge is overworking more than it needs too. The ideal temperature for a refrigerator is between 39 and 42 degrees. This will keep the items in your fridge cool and not icey.

Another item that can contribute to hidden savings, is to skip the pre-rinse and dry cycle on your dishwasher. Drying dishes by hand takes little time to do, especially if you dry them as you unload your dishwasher. If you rise your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, the pre-rinse cycle isn’t even needed. Be sure to only run the dishwasher when it’s full, and you will save energy when combining these three things.

The next tip to implement as a part of your kitchen energy savings, is to make sure you do not routinely open your oven when you have food cooking in it. If you continually open and close the oven door while cooking, you lose a tremendous amount of heat and wasted energy. If you use your ovens self-clean cycle, it is best to run it after you have used your oven and it is still warm to save energy from having to heat back up from cold.

Lastly, when it comes time to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning, check your cabinets for household cleaning products before running to the store to buy some. A great in-kitchen option to clean your countertops is a mixture of baking soda and water. An all-natural green cleaning product that does a tremendous job on your kitchen cleaning efforts!

These simple tips can add to a lot of savings on your energy bill over time, without having to majorly change your lifestyle or habits!

 

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

How to best protect your home from burglary

Categories: Apex, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: December 13, 2019

If you are moving into a new home in Raleigh or have already settled into your new Mattamy home, one of the things you probably plan to invest in is a way to keep your home secure and safe. No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it is still always a good safety precaution to protect your home from any unwanted intruders who may be lurking around when you are not home or out of town. You know you want to protect your home, but what is the best way to ensure it’s safe? Below are the top safety tips to keep in mind when selecting the right choice for your home.

The first thing you will want to be sure and do, especially if you are moving into a new home, is to maintain your doors and locks. Be sure that over time, you keep up with the quality of the door and fix any shortcomings such as gaps along the frame and hinge strength.  If the hardware on any of your exterior doors starts to wear or get damage, be sure and replace it immediately.

Lighting is the next element that can play a big role in how safe your home is, and how easy of a target you are to intruders. A home that is poorly lit on the exterior is a target for thieves looking to sneak in and out with no one looking. This also goes for inside of your home, where a home appears pitch dark on the outside alluding to someone not being home.

The best way to combat poor home lighting is to invest in motion detector lights for the outside of your home, that will go off when prompted near windows and doors. If you happen to have a large property or backyard, floodlights are a good idea to add to keep a broader range of vision over your property.

For the interior of your home, put some of your lamps on timers throughout the house to go on at dusk. This will ensure that once the sun goes down, the lighting in your home doesn’t go with it. Even when you aren’t home, the lighting in your home will always give the illusion from the outside that someone is home. It also prevents you from having to leave a light on 24/7 when you go out of town, which can also be detected by someone casing your house.

Spare keys are a great thing to have when you lock yourself out of your home, but can also be a detriment to your safety if not used correctly. Not only the location of a spare key if kept outside your home, but who you lend your spare keys out too. Be sure to only give spare keys out to a few people you trust, or an even better tip is to give out the garage code instead. If you are going to leave a spare key outside your home, don’t put it under a doormat or in a fake rock. Choose a place that not even the smartest intruder would think to check.

Next, keep track of your windows and keep up the integrity of them just like you do your doors. A window is the second most common place an intruder comes in, other than a door. Make sure to keep windows locked at all times and be sure hinges are not loose.

An alarm system is the final and most common way people protect their homes. The cost on an alarm system can range from $100 to $1,200, depending on what you choose and the features you’re looking for. Typically, the monthly charge on an alarm system is around $40 per month. If you don’t want to commit to a system with a monthly fee, consider the alarm systems with the video at the front door which can deter intruders without having a full security system in place.

Lastly, popular video doorbells like Ring and Nest have quickly gained popularity over the years, as they are a great way to keep your home and family save. During the holiday season, it can also be a good way to keep an eye on your packages and hopefully deter and porch thieves that may be looking for packages on doorsteps.

 

Adding some or all of these tips above, will help you sleep easy in your new home and have a sense of peace that you are protecting you and your family for years to come.

 

Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.