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Aussie Advice – Keeping Cooling Costs Low As Mercury Rises


Australians have taken to air conditioning in a big way with an estimated 9.2 million units working to keep the summer heat away. Air conditioning is particularly energy hungry with many people wasting money on unnecessarily high electricity bills because they are ignoring a few simple ways to reduce their cooling costs.


“Closing doors and windows on hot days and covering window glass will help keep your home cooler”, says Grant Waldeck, a spokesperson for comparator website comparethemarket.com.au.


“Sunlight can warm a room quickly, making air conditioning necessary,” Waldeck says.


How to keep cool – without blowing the budget


  • Monitor your temperature gauge and remember that every increase of 1 degree can add up to 10 per cent to the running cost of your unit Clean or replace your filter regularly. A clean filter will help ensure your air-conditioner is performing at its most efficient.
  • Don’t leave your air-conditioner on when you aren’t at home. Consider purchasing a unit with remote control functionality.
  • Avoid placing other heat emitting home appliances near your air-conditioner. It causes your unit to work even harder to cool the air around it, increasing its energy output.
  • Shade your windows in summer with curtains, awnings, or shutters to reduce heat absorption. By keeping your house cooler your air-conditioner has less work to do.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/money/saving/keep-cooling-costs-low-as-mercury-rises-20140207-325on.html#ixzz2skst4Lla

Plenty of Signs the Market Has Cooled

Do you feel that hint of a chill starting to swirl through the housing market? The cooling is slight, but it’s for real.

Home prices are not rising as fast in most metropolitan areas as they did earlier this year and much of 2012. Multiple bid competitions — fierce in many places this spring and late last year — aren’t as intense. Inventories of homes for sale have increased this summer, reversing near droughts of listings that helped fuel higher prices.

Has your neighborhood “cooled?”  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your home value questions.

Add in rising mortgage rates, and you’ve got a distinct, measurable momentum shift in the pace of the housing recovery. The recovery is still well underway — it’s just not as effervescent as it once was.

Consider some of the key numbers:

• Asking prices on homes listed for sale declined by one-third of a percent in July, the first drop on a monthly basis since last November, according to data compiled by Trulia.com. Quarter-to-quarter data through July confirm the moderating trend line.

• Pending-home sales — under contract but not yet closed — dropped by four-tenths of a percent in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. Resales of houses in June dipped by 1.2 percent.

• Inventories of homes listed for sale rose in a number of the hottest markets recently, after hovering near record lows for a year or more. Low inventories stoke buyer competition and bidding wars that can send prices up sharply. More plentiful inventories give buyers more to choose from and tend to calm things down. Trulia estimates that nationwide inventories of homes for sale are up 6 percent since January.

read more: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/25/tp-plenty-of-signs-market-has-cooled/

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Tightly Sealed Homes Are Coming Our Way – Passive, Yet Powerful Houses


The idea of passive house design isn’t new. It was first promoted in the early 1990s.

But the concept — virtually airtight buildings, heavily insulated and using triple-glazed windows, requiring little energy for heating or cooling — has yet to capture the public’s imagination. Part of the problem may be people’s lack of exposure to a passive house. There just aren’t that many to visit.

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“Unless you can show the public the projects under construction, then stand in it when it’s finished, I think it’s hard to understand the passive house,” says Julie Torres Moskovitz, the founding principal at Fabrica718, an award-winning Brooklyn design firm.

Torres Moskovitz estimates there may be 40,000 certified passive house buildings in the world, but probably fewer than 50 projects in the United States.

“There are also a lot of houses being built with the passive house (concept) in mind that don’t quite reach the (certification) level,” she says.

The stringent passive house — or Passivhaus — standards and the Passive House Planning Package software were developed by the Passive House Institute in Germany. The U.S.-based Passive House Institute is currently formulating its own standards. The PHPP software incorporates a designer’s calculations and helps design a passive house.

A passive house saves up to 90 percent of space heating costs and 75 percent of overall energy costs, though some European studies indicate the numbers may be even higher.

read more at:http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/home/sc-home-0513-passive-house-20130518,0,1741726.story

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