Winter energy saving tips for Midwest home owners

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Examples of green home features to help sell your home

The U.S. Department of Energy lists several key features of an energy efficient home. Home sellers, be sure to highlight these features to attract buyers. The infographic at the left (courtesy of National Association of Realtors) shows how buyers rate the importance of green and energy efficient homes.

  1. Appliances and electronics – shop for appliances with the Energy Star logo. Energy Star brand offers a higher energy efficiency rating than the government standard.

2. Insulation and heating/cooling temperature control. The Department of Energy has determined that 56% of home energy costs go to heating and cooling. Improving the insulation in your home and installing a programmable thermostat can be an energy cost saving.

3. Water heater. Keeping the water heater in good working order, or replacing  with an energy efficient model can have a positive impact on your utility bills.

4. Lighting. By switching all lighting to LED or CFL lights, you can use half the energy of incandescent bulbs for 10 times the life.

Selling a home in NW Wisconsin? Send me an email or give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, email me: jeanhedren@edinarealty.com. I’ll be happy to provide a current price analysis to give you an idea of what your home will sell for in the current market.

Low or no cost tips for keeping your home warm this winter.

This article was provided by HomeTeam Inspection Service. For more
information, go to hometeam.com. As winter is fast approaching, the
following tips can help homeowners to ensure their homes are well
prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the winter months.
  • Inspect around windows and doors for cracks and seal any openings with caulk or weather stripping to prevent air and water from getting into your home.
  • Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it is properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
  • Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect against any embers that may escape.
  • Look for raised, loose or missing roof shingles and replace them, if needed, to prevent water from getting in and creating leaks.
  • Remove hoses from outside spigots and store them during the winter months.
  • Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing.
  • Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
  • Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for cleaner indoor air and maximum energy efficiency.
  • Program thermostats to lower temperatures while at work 
    or sleeping.

These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the overall health and safety of their home during the winter season.

This article is brought to you by Jean Hedren, a Certified Residential Specialist

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – Is it time to move up?

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – Is it time to move up?

The housing recovery has enabled many buyers to purchase their first home. Trade-up buying is another sign of an improving market.

http://www.edinarealty.com/jean-hedren-realtor/pages/get-advice-dec-2013

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – 3 ways to lower your energy costs

December 2013 Edina Realty Get Advice – 3 ways to lower your energy costs

http://www.edinarealty.com/jean-hedren-realtor/pages/get-advice-dec-2013

Sold: 3 BR country home on 13 acres. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI.

Another home sold in Gordon, WI home – 3 BR, 13+ acres Douglas County forest land. 6418 E Cty Rd M, Gordon, WI. $198,000

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

3 BR chalet located in the heart of Douglas County Forest Land

Home offers open living space

Open living space with woodburning stone fireplace

 

Home Highlights

  • 2147 sq. ft. of living space
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Main level master bedroom and bathroom with whirlpool tub
  • Huge walk-in closet
  • 13.79 wooded acres on elevated site
  • Warm knotty pine T & G interior
  • Open concept living space with woodburning stone fireplace
  • Energy-efficient
  • In floor, hot water heating
  • Large windows to enjoy nature
  • Extra large, 36 x 30′ heated 2-car garage with plenty of storage and room for the toys
  • Security system
  • Enclosed 3-season porch
  • New roof in 2011
  • Turnkey – furniture included
  • Located in the heart of Douglas County forest land
  • Ideal location for the avid hunter
  • Plenty of recreational opportunities; close to trails, back roads, and abundant public land
  • Live in the country and commute 40-min to Duluth/Superior; Minneapolis/St Paul are 2.5 hours away

To the Apostles and Beyond

To the Apostles and Beyond

This new listing near Bayfield, Wisconsin is located on the highest point in Bayfield County.  It’s also just a couple miles inland from Bayfield.  Even on a hazy summer afternoon, you can see the Apostle Islands from your bedroom window.  On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least to the outermost of the Apostle Islands, which happens to be named Outer Island.  As the gull flies, that’s about 35 miles.

The home itself is as spectacular as the view.  It’s a low-maintenance, high-efficiency, super-insulated, 3,447 sq ft retreat that’s built to last and designed for living.  This home is surrounded by pines and oaks—and by lupines and other wildflowers.  It’s also surrounded by deer and other wildlife.  Fortunately, the huge garden—complete with raised beds, garden shed, and walkways—is completely surrounded by its very own deer-proof fence.

The home is secluded, private, and quiet—despite being just five minutes from the dining, entertainment, galleries, and other amenities of downtown Bayfield.  To learn more about this exciting new listing, click here: 34785 Fire Tower Rd, Bayfield, WI..  Or, for a quick video tour, click below.

Searching for homes and cabins anywhere in NW Wisconsin is even easier and more fun with the new Property Search app. Click the link below and get started today.

Download free NW Wisconsin property search app for iPhone, iPad, Android.

In Bayfield Wisconsin, This Home Literally Stands Above All Others

With an Address Like Fire Tower Road

With an address like Fire Tower Road, you can tell the views are probably going to be spectacular.  After all, that’s where the fire tower used to be.  Here’s the story…  When it gets dry around here, much of our aerial surveillance is now done from small planes.  Only a few of the original fire towers are still in use; most have been gone for decades.  The only trace that remains is the name of the roads that led to them.  Every county has at least three or four “fire tower roads,” and they all lead to the highest ground around.

Homes that have been built anywhere near the sites of these old fire towers are likely to have some of the most spectacular views you’ll find anywhere.  Take, for example, this spectacular home that’s built on the highest 20 acres in Bayfield County.  And since it’s just a couple miles inland from Bayfield, Wisconsin, it offers an incredible view of the surrounding countryside, Lake Superior, and the mostly-uninhabited Apostle Islands.  On a clear day you can see for over 30 miles—all the way to Outer Island.

This time of the year the view from here is mostly blue sky, sky-blue waters, and unbroken forest.  You’ll see one or two farm fields, plus the occasional sailbout threading its way through the Apostles.  That’s about it.  And I can’t wait to see the fall colors from here.

The home itself is as spectacular as the view.  It’s a low-maintenance, high-efficiency, super-insulated, 3,447 sq ft retreat that’s built to last and designed for living.  The lupines are still blooming, and this home is surrounded by them.  It’s also surrounded by deer and other wildlife.  Fortunately, the huge garden—complete with raised beds, garden shed, and walkways—is completely surrounded by its very own deer-proof fence.

The home is secluded, private, and quiet—despite being just five minutes from the dining, entertainment, galleries, and other amenities of downtown Bayfield.

To learn more about this exciting new listing, click here: 34785 Fire Tower Rd, Bayfield, WI. Or, for a quick video tour, click below.

Searching for homes and cabins anywhere in NW Wisconsin is even easier and more fun with the new Property Search app. Click the link below and get started today.

Download free NW Wisconsin property search app for iPhone, iPad, Android.

In Bayfield WI, This Home Literally Stands Above All Others

In Bayfield WI, This Home Literally Stands Above All Others

Sorry, but it’s not bragging if it’s true.  I’ve just listed this spectacular home that’s built on the highest 20 acres in Bayfield County.  And since it’s only a couple miles inland from Bayfield, Wisconsin, it has a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, Lake Superior, and the mostly-uninhabited Apostle Islands.  This time of the year you’ll see blue sky, sky-blue waters, and unbroken forest.  You’ll see one or two farm fields, plus the occasional sailbout threading its way through the Apostles.  That’s about it.  On a clear day you can see for over 30 miles—all the way to Outer Island.

The home itself is as spectacular as the view.  It’s a low-maintenance, high-efficiency, super-insulated, 3447 sq ft retreat that’s built to last and designed for living.  The lupines are still blooming, and this home is surrounded by them.  It’s also surrounded by deer and other wildlife.  Fortunately, the huge garden—complete with raised beds, garden shed, and walkways—is completely surrounded by its very own deer-proof fence.

The home is secluded, private, and quiet—despite being just five minutes from the dining, entertainment, galleries, and other amenities of downtown Bayfield.  To learn more about this exciting new listing, click here.  Or, for a quick video tour, click below.

More details: 34785 Fire Tower Rd, Bayfield, WI.

Searching for homes and cabins anywhere in NW Wisconsin is even easier and more fun with the new Property Search app. Click the link below and get started today.

Download free NW Wisconsin property search app for iPhone, iPad, Android.