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Simple Tips For Saving Energy Around The House

Not only are we becoming a more eco-friendly society, but we’re also becoming more money conscious as the costs of almost everything has increased over time. While it’s hard to stir-away from the prices of everyday items like food, or gasoline to fuel automobiles, one way to save money is through energy efficiency usage. Here are a few tips for saving energy around the house to assist in lowering some of your bills:

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1) Change all of the light bulbs in your house to energy efficient light bulbs. Because energy efficient bulbs cost more, people tend to avoid buying them. However, even though you will be spending a couple more dollars at the store now, energy efficient bulbs help you to save much more over time because they last eight to 15 times longer than regular bulbs. And, not only will you save money, but these bulbs are also better for the environment!

2) Reduce the amount of water you use is one of the best ways to save energy in your household. Your home has many different sources of water, making it easy to save the amount you’re using:

  • Don’t leave the faucet running when you brush your teeth. This may not seem like much, but it will save you thousands of gallons of water a year – bringing your bills and your energy usage down.
  • Take shorter showers. Showering can use between 6 to 45 liters of water per minute, and costs you a lot of money.
  • Fix any leaking faucets. A leaking faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water a year.
  • Use a watering can to water your plants rather than an outdoor hose. This will use less water and will prevent you from drowning your plants.

3) Think before you switch on the air conditioning. Needlessly using your AC is one of the main energy wasters. Turn on your ceiling fan first. If it is too cold, put on a sweater, or wrap yourself up in a blanket before cranking up the heat. Closing the curtains is also a great way to keep the outside temperature out, leaving your home to either stay cool in the hot summer months or warmer during cold, harsh winters. To maximize the effect of curtains, try placing a chair or other item of furniture against the window to eliminate gaps on the side of the curtain where your homes heating or air source may be escaping.

4) Set and run a schedule with a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to control costs. With a programmable thermostat you can set times of day that you want the heat or air conditioning to run. If you and your family are often gone during the day you can program the thermostat to be a fixed degree, preventing it from running frequently while the home is empty. No more rushing out of the house and forgetting to change the temperature for the day!

5) Unplug electrical devices you aren’t using. Small electronics such as coffee makers, home entertainment equipment, cable/satellite/ DVR receivers, televisions, cell phone and tablet chargers, home computers, monitors, and printers are all draw phantom energy – energy your electronics are consuming even when switched to the stand-by or off position – energy when they aren’t in use. While individually these devices only use a small amount of energy when in the off or standby position, overtime the total of all the electrical consumption you could be saving by unplugging these items is significant.

For more every day energy savings tips please follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, learn about how you can save big year-over-year when you live in an ENERGYSTAR ® certified Beazer home.

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Helpful Fall Home Care Tips

fall home careYou’ve probably heard the adage ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’  The saying rings true when it comes to optimizing your home maintenance for the season to come.  With the air turning crisp, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the coming cool seasons.  Completing these few quick home care tasks over the weeks to come can help ensure your home remains comfortable no matter what the season brings.

Fall Home Care Tips:

1. Take summer yard equipment and recreational furniture inside to protect them against the elements.

2. Trim overgrown trees, bushes and shrubbery before they become a menace when laden with ice or snow.

3. Using a safety ladder, and a spotter if necessary, clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and limbs.  Accumulating debris may prevent water from draining and make your gutters susceptible to ice damming.

4. Remove all items from the garage that cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Liquids, such as garden sprays, or cleaners in plastic bottles can freeze and containers may crack or explode.

5. Insulate pipes if the home’s main water supply is located in the garage.  Use a water heater blanket or insulation wrap if your water heater is also located out in the garage.

A major benefit of living in a new home is avoiding the potentially costly maintenance measures required for repairing and maintaining older, existing homes.  Following these tips can help further extend the life of your new home’s equipment and exterior.  You can download a comprehensive list of new home maintenance tips here.  If you are a Beazer homeowner, and have an issue arise, please contact our warranty center.

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Free Thanksgiving Turkey Voucher

HARVEST, HOME & HELPING HANDS: Visit any Nashville or Atlanta area community for the first time during the month of November to get a FREE turkey voucher for your family’s feast, while supplies last.* In turn, Beazer will donate a holiday meal to a family in need.

We are also holding food drives at all Nashville and Atlanta area communities throughout November, so please drop off non-perishable food items to help fight hunger in our own backyard.

In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Beazer Homes is proud to give back this harvest season. After all, being good neighbors is what Beazer is all about.

*Free turkey is in the form of a voucher, while supplies last. Limit 1 turkey/NEW registration from 11/1/14-11/30/14, regardless of number of communities visited. Limit 1 registration/family or buying unit. No exceptions. You must register at a community you have not been to before. Donation to Second Harvest Food Bank will be made per turkey distributed. No cash or exchange value. Subject to availability. All food drive donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Pricing and availability subject to change without notice. See New Home Counselor for complete details. © 2014 Beazer Homes

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6 Steps To Prepare Your Credit For Buying A Home

Credit ScoreIf one of your future goals is to purchase a home, it’s never too early to start preparing yourself financially. One of the major factors that goes into getting approved for a home mortgage is your credit score and credit history. All lenders will look at your credit worthiness to determine how much they will lend to you. The following are steps you can start taking now to prepare your credit for buying a home in the future.

1. Check and update your credit report: Consumers are guaranteed at least one free credit report a year; get a copy of yours to see where you stand. If you find errors, you can contact the creditor or the bureaus to address any invalid information.

2. Make payments on time: Your credit report shows your current creditors and your payment history with them. Payment histories are one of the most important components of your credit score, so it’s important to maintain on-time payments with all of your creditors.

3. Pay down high accounts: Making payments on time is only one aspect of credit worthiness. The amount of outstanding debt, and the percentage of your available credit that is outstanding, are equally important.  If you have credit cards that have been maxed out that can affect your credit score, whether you’re making payments on time or not. Focus on paying down accounts with the highest percentage of credit used.  Getting these outstanding balances below 35% of the available credit line can improve your credit score.

4. Take care of existing liens or judgments: If you have any liens or judgments, you may want to pay them off or try to settle them before you apply for a home loan. Lenders will consider you if you have an outstanding lien or judgment, however, they’ll likely require it be satisfied before the loan is finalized. Therefore, avoid the headache and go ahead and take care of those in advance.

5. Avoid opening new accounts: New accounts can be a red flag – lenders want to see a history of payments, and new accounts mean you have a new need for credit. However, if you don’t have credit yet, this is an exception. A couple of credit cards with low balances and on time payments often times can appear better than no credit cards at all. But, avoid making a big purchase like a car just before applying for a home loan – a recent large purchase can alter your overall financial picture.

6. Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified now: This will help you understand how much home you can afford, and what steps you can take to increase your purchasing power.  If there are any issues with your credit history or your credit score, the lender may be able to show you what you can do to improve your situation.

Taking steps in advance to improve your credit score will help ensure lower rates and better terms which may mean huge savings for you during the life of your home loan. When you’re ready to explore your home loan options, Beazer Homes has a group of preferred lenders who are ready to help you find the best way to finance your first home.

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Comment To Win- Beazer Homes New Jersey-Traditions Contest Rules

Create new memories in a Beazer Home this year, follow this link to see homes that  are ready for a quick move.

Contest Rules:
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this COMMENT TO WIN post between 11/3/14 and 11/7/14. Limit one entry per household. Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who voted. Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash. Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value. Additional restrictions may apply. See a New Home Counselor for complete details. Prizes will be mailed to the winner.

 

 

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Fall Cleaning: Spring Isn’t The Only Time To Get Organized

We all know the concept “spring cleaning.” That one time a year when you deep clean and organize the house to get ready for the warmer months to come. However, spring is not the only time of year to do a thorough home cleaning. A good fall cleaning will prepare your home for the upcoming holidays, and allow you to get organized.

1) Starting on the Outside
Now that the summer months are gone it is time to put up the patio furniture, umbrellas, and warm weather toys. Drain the garden hoses and the sprinkler system. Find space in the garage or shed to house these items for the cold months. If you don’t have room for everything, do a bit of decluttering and reorganizing.
Do the outside home maintenance chores before cold weather sets in. Touch up paint on the doors and railings if needed. Check the caulk around doors and windows to make sure it’s secure, not to let the cold air in during the winter. Clean gutters and rainspouts if necessary. And finally, wash the outside of windows and doors.

2) Take It Inside
During the holiday season we spend a lot of time indoors. Doing a fall cleaning deep dive on your home will make relaxing inside with your family much more enjoyable.  At first glance, performing a deep clean can be overwhelming. Start from top and work your way down. Here is a general checklist to use in any room:

  • Clean the light fixture and dust thoroughly.
  • Dust the ceiling and walls. Then, vacuum the baseboards and wash by hand if needed.home cleaning
  • Clean the window glass, sills, curtains, blinds, and trim, as well as doors and frames.
  • Vacuum all fabric furniture within the room. Clean leather furniture and polish and wax wood furniture using appropriate supplies.
  • Wipe down all counters and other horizontal surfaces.
  • Thoroughly scrub tile or vinyl floors. Also, polish hardwood floors.
  • If needed, schedule carpet cleaners or rent a machine at your local store to do-it-yourself

3) Get Organized
As you ‘fall clean’ around the home, consider also getting organized. When pulling items out to clean behind and underneath them, ask yourself if that item needs to be located in that space. This includes paper, furniture, knickknacks, and clothing. Put each item into a specific category:

  • Keep in this spot
  •  Find it a new home
  • Give it to a friend or family member
  • Donate it to charity
  •  Send it to the dump

Work your way from the public areas of your home to the private ones, especially if you are planning to have guests during the holiday season. Your guests will be able to enjoy your clean, organized home, even if your master bedroom has not had the special treatment yet.

It’s just as important to perform a fall home cleaning as it is for spring. Get started this weekend before the colder months move in, and you start to get overwhelmed with the holidays quickly approaching. On your cleaning breaks, be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more home tips.

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3 Tips For Gardening In The Fall

There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are starting to change colors. Now that the busiest season for gardening is starting to wind down, it’s time to think about fall landscaping chores. Fall is the perfect time to do some housekeeping in your garden. It’s important to get your lawn and landscaping ready for the winter and there are several steps you can take now to make sure your garden is beautiful next spring.

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Pruning and Trimming

When the temperatures begin to fall many plants prepare for the winter by going dormant. This is the ideal time to trim away dead foliage and stems. Dead leaves and stems can provide a home for insects and pests that can be harmful to plants. It’s best to trim dead growth, while leaving leaves that haven’t fallen yet to keep your plants safe and more attractive. Pay special attention to summer blooms.  Butterfly Bush, Crepe Myrtle, and Potentilla all do better the following summer if you prune them in the fall months when their dormant making it easier for new growth when the warmer months roll back around.

Mulching

As the cool months start to approach, adding mulch to your garden beds, and around trees, retains heat to protect your plants from the cold, along with moister to keep them healthy. This easy-to-do gardening task benefits your pocketbook and your garden resulting in less watering to maintain an attractive and healthy garden in the new season. Before you start, make sure the garden beds are clear of debris and dead plant matter. Also, remove any weeds from your beds and around your trees before fall mulching to prevent excessive weed growth in the future.

Fall Planting

Fall gardening season is a great time to plant. As the season winds down, your local nursery will have the best bargains of the year. The nurseries are eager to sell plants, shrubs and trees before December when new inventory will start to arrive for the spring gardening season. Popular flowers to add to your garden in the fall include Plentifall Pansies, Bluestars, and Mums. While greens such as kale, lettuce, and collards do well in the coolers months too.

Start your pruning, trimming, mulching and planting this weekend to ensure you have a beautiful garden all year long. Join the conversation with Beazer Homes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Halloween Home Decorating Tips

Happy HalloweenThere are endless possibilities to decorating your home for Halloween! Whether you need ideas on how to decorate, or where to shop, love DIY projects, or just want to buy the perfect Halloween decorations to display as is, we have the home decorating tips you need for a successful scary house this Halloween:

1. Decide where to put your decorations

The first step in decorating is to decide the areas of your home you wish to decorate. This will help determine how much space you have and how many decorations you need. The porch, garage, and windows are the most popular places to put Halloween decorations. Also, utilize bushes and trees to place skulls, pumpkins and various scary items.

2. Shop for Halloween decorations

There are a plethora of options when shopping for Halloween decorations:

  • Halloween specialty stores pop up across the country during the month of October.
  • Year-round party supply stores will also stock their shelves with Halloween products. Also, remember that sometimes the best deals will occur the week leading up to Halloween.
  • If you’re on a budget, find deals on products that can get rather expensive elsewhere at your local dollar store.

Before taking a trip to your local store, consider if you can use items in the future before you buy decorations, this can help you weed out unnecessary decorations that could be a waste of money.

3. Stand out from the crowd!

Make your home extra scary by adding one of the following characters in your front yard: vampire, scarecrow, skeleton, witch, werewolf, black cat, alien, ghost or a famous horror movie character. Additional decorating ideas include:
•    Use your windows as museum exhibits
•    Place candles and flashing lights in the windows
•    Set jack o’ lanterns on the porch, and hang bats upside down from the roof
•    Place artificial spider webs outside in your bushes and trees

4. Create a DIY display
If you have the time and resources, you can add even more creativity to your home this Halloween by crafting your own unique monsters out of various arts-and-crafts supplies. There are many hand crafted items you can make that give your home a unique flair. Here are some materials you can buy for do-it-yourself decorating Halloween displays:

•    Paper mache heads: balloons, flour, water
•    Character bodies made of clothes stuffed with newspaper
•    Ghosts made of sheets on broomsticks
•    Black poster board cut in the shape of a silhouette monster or spiders

No matter what your decorating style is, these are the perfect tips to get you started on your home’s Halloween decorations. We’d love to see the final product. Post pictures of your haunted decorations on our Facebook page, or Tweet us @BeazerHomes.

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Vote To Win- Beazer Homes New Jersey Contest Rules

Brand New Homes In New JerseyStop by Courts at Woolwich TODAY to tour these cozy floor plans in person.

Contest Rules:

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this VOTE TO WIN post between 10/15/14 and 10/19/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $25 VISA gift card to 1 randomly selected winner who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See a New Home Counselor for complete details. Prizes must be claimed at the Beazer Homes Courts at Woolwich Community located at  1 Hazel Blvd, Woolwich Township, NJ 08085

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Win It Wednesday Nashville Contest Rules

Stop by Providence Landing TODAY for a fall filled with memories to your NEW front doorstep with single family homes from the $240s.

Contest Rules:

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest is for Facebook comments made on this Win It Wednesday post between 9/24/14 and 9/30/14.  Limit one entry per household.  Prize consists of one $20 gift card for Target to 10 randomly selected winners who voted.  Winnings cannot be redeemed for cash.  Beazer Homes reserves the right to substitute item of comparable value.  Additional restrictions may apply.  See a New Home Counselor for complete details. Prizes must be claimed at the Beazer Homes Providence Landing Community located at  201 South  Dunnwood Ln, Mt Juliet, TN 37122 no later than 10/12/2014. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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