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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.

Do you know the true square footage of your home?

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: January 3, 2020

Whether you own a home or are in the market shopping for a new home this New Year, determining the square footage of a home can be a difficult task since there is not established standard for measuring a residential property. However, this isn’t something you want to get wrong because it can affect the value of your home or the home you are looking to purchase. Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, helps lay out the rules of how to best measure for the accurate square footage of a home.

Measuring a home’s square footage is actually a much easier task than people make it out to be. Follow a few simple guidelines and you can make sure you have an accurate assessment of the square footage of your home or soon to be home!

How to calculate your homes square footage:

  • Sketch a floor plan of the homes interior. Be sure to draw each floor separately and don’t include any areas of the home that are unfinished. These are things such as patios, exterior staircases, porches, basements and so on.
  • Break down the house into measurable rectangles. This will take the guesswork out of rooms that are oddly shaped or don’t have perfectly straight walls.
  • Measure the length and width of each rectangle to the nearest 0.5 linear foot.
  • Calculate the area of each section and multiply the rectangles length by its width to get the area in square feet. Write this number down in the corresponding space on your sketch.
  • Lastly, add up the total area and sum up the square feet in each rectangle to measure the total square footage of the house. Round the total off to the nearest square foot.

Now that you have your base square foot calculated, you may be wondering what you need to add in or take out of that total.

Your garage space is not included in your square footages, as well as basements are not supposed to be included in the square footage as well. However, it is good to know the size of your basement square footage because you can still include it in any future property listings.

And additional storage or finished attic spaces that are suitable for living can and should be included in your homes square footage total.

Your homes square footage is important to have accurate because it is vital in getting a correct appraisal for your home. If you are looking to purchase a home, make sure the seller is not including things like the basement or garage as a part of the livable portion of the home.

It is important if selling a home, to list the square footage accurate because if it is listed wrong and the buyers appraiser comes back and says the home is smaller than it was listed, you can run the risk of losing the sale and potential buyer.

The same rule goes if you are the one purchasing the home. Be sure to do your research and get an independent square footage analysis to be sure you are buying a home at the size you are planning (and paying) for.

 

 

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.