Your property is in full bloom. August is here, and the fall season is ahead, but vacations are now in full swing. We are still enjoying sun and shore time, but it won’t be long until the shadows get long and the nights get cooler. Many of our customers have started asking about fall services and preparing for seasonal change.
There are some things you can do on your property to save money and be eco-friendly!
Here are some quick, easy, and cost-effective ways to save money, protect your property and help the environment.
Check windows to make sure they are sealed tightly for maximum energy efficiency. According to House Beautiful, “Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30 percent of heating energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But it doesn’t have to be that way because weatherstripping is simple and probably the most cost-effective way to keep heating costs down.”
Clean out dryer ducts for energy efficiency. Every year, firefighters across the country respond to around 13,820 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. (Consumer Reports)
About 27 percent of these fires are caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation far more severe than the drop in performance caused by constricting a dryer’s ductwork.
Invest in a programable thermostat. A programmable thermostat helps regular heat and saves money. Stay warm without turning on your thermostat. Layer up and add a nice blanket to cuddle in the evenings.
Add some plants to your home to improve the air quality. Who doesn’t love fresh greenery?
Pests and nuisance wildlife look for a warm and dry place to spend the winter too.
You may not be aware that it is happening, but insects, pests, and nuisance wildlife will slowly make their way into your garage, home, shed, or outbuildings. It is best to prepare now while the weather is warm.
- Clean out the gutters. Stagnant water breeds pests and mold. Runoff roof water sitting in blocked drains can damage soffits and roofing.
- Seal holes in screens, windowsills, and door jams to keep rodents out and warm air in.
- Prevent rodents and bugs by spraying with eco-friendly water, vinegar, and dish detergent solution.
- Add some peppermint oil to freshen the air and repel rodents. This is not a permanent fix, but rodents have a sensitive smell, so they don’t like peppermint oil.
- Keep your garage, basement, or bay doors closed when not in use.
- Compost leaves to nourish the soil. It’s nature’s best fertilizer!
Property preservation is a critical component of successful property ownership.
Quality maintenance of real estate assets requires a localized response. Our customized preservation program ensures that your property is tended by local experts who understand local code enforcement regulations and officials and can identify and minimize environmental risks.
Contact us if you are a property manager or government agency searching for a property preservation and cleaning company. Are you a homeowner looking for a maintenance company to protect the value of your property, increase the curb appeal, or prevent expensive code violation summons? We can help!