Isn’t it hard to believe that in just 10 days it will be Christmas morning? The Christmas programs that everyone has been rehearsing for will be over, another Christmas Eve will have passed, you’ll have a new supply of King Leo candy sticks, and if you need anything at the grocery store, you’ll be out of luck and have to wait, or go visit Habib at the Kwik Sak. Get a lottery ticket too while you are there.
Its also hard to believe just how bitter cold it is right now. Very few things beat coming into a warm home when it is cold and I had the pleasure of welcoming a first time buyer into their brand new, warm Ole South home today. That’s always a special time, but it was especially meaningful to me today… I had left my coat in the car!
If you haven’t bought the perfect Christmas gift for the family yet, consider a new home if you don’t own one already. Can you think of a good reason not to? You can own a brand new home in Nashville for less than $800 per month, including taxes and insurance. And you can also pay more if you would like!
No matter how energy efficient your new home is, cold weather like we are experiencing right now will spin your meters like a roulette wheel. Everyone knows that new homes have proper insulation, energy efficient windows, high efficiency heating systems, efficient appliances, etc. But here are a few helpful hints to save a few extra heating dollars with any home this holiday season:
1) Try setting your heat at 65. That sounds crazy, but we started that at our house several winters ago and it really has saved a fortune. (If you think that is cold, go outside for a few minutes and then come back in)
2) If you have a central heating unit, switch the fan from automatic to MANUAL mode. Warm air rises and cold air falls – leaving the fan on manual keeps the air evenly blended and actually reduces the time the heating elements are on.
3) If you have a heat pump, whenever you need to set the temperature higher, do it in small increments of 2 degrees. This will keep the electric coils from kicking in, and slowly raise your temperature.
4) Build a Fire????? I know people say not to use a fireplace because all the heat goes up the chimney and I think that is a bunch of crap. If that is true, why do people build fires in the fireplace to keep warm when the power goes out? Just a thought….
Also, no matter what type of home you live in, keep a pair of gloves, a flashlight, and a blanket in your car and keep the gas tank full. This time of year, anything can happen on your way home from work.
Bottom line….Stay warm and take time to enjoy the season before its gone!
Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340. Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee