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Repairing Windows to Save Money

At home in Wichita Kansas the extreme weather conditions and fluctuations can play havoc on our real estate.

Replacing windows in your home is sometimes a necessity.  Most of the time they can simply be repaired to save energy, money on utility bills and thousands in replacement costs.

Of course window manufacturers will tell you there is only one option, but we know better!

With age and abuse (abuse caused by non-maintenance mostly) windows will start to become “worn”.  The sashes become cracked and peeling, the glass rattling in the wind or condensation has begun to appear in between panels on vinyl insulated windows.

When maintained properly wood windows can last forever, or at least seemingly so.  When not they tend to quickly degrade.  Repair neglected sometimes rotting wood windows with a penetrating liquid epoxy and paint. Strip off old glazing that holds in the glass and replace. This doesn’t require a degree and anyone can do it.

Old double hung windows with counter weights for assisting in raising sashes are often broken. New replacement lifting products can be installed and the  cavities inside the walls from the old mechanisms can be filled with foam to prevent heat loss.

Replace latches, hinges and locks.

Non wood windows such as aluminum or vinyl just need caulk. Seal around the windows periodically and replace the gaskets that hold the glass in when needed. Loose aluminum sashes can be fixed by tightening the screws at the corners.

Most of these repairs can be completed in a day or two. The savings in energy costs are well worth the minimal effort involved and saving energy is good for the environment!  Supplies such as caulk, glazing, weather-stripping, foam and gaskets can be picked up down the block at the corner hardware store.

So turn off the game, get off the couch and make yourself useful.

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September 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CFL or The Old Fashioned Light Bulb

There are two price tags associated with the purchase of every light bulb:  The first being the price paid in the store and the second is the cost of the energy that your new bulb will consume in your home.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.  Changing five standard light bulbs over to compact fluorescent lamps would save you thirty dollars every year.

When buying real estate these days a lot of new homes are equipped with CFLs.

The environmental impacts are even greater.  If every household changed just one incandescent light bult to an ENERGY STAR labeled CFL, the country would save over $73 million in energy costs every year and reduce green house gas emissions by 397,000 tones of carbon dioxide- which would have the same impact on the environment as taking 66,000 cars off the road for one year.

And that’s all well and good. But…have you seen the prices of those energy efficient bulbs? Here in Wichita Kansas their expensive. Notice though the prices are going lower all the time as demand increases.  CFLs are supposed to last for 7 years. Many studies have been done that prove that you will save money, and energy, by switching.

July 16, 2010 Posted by | buy, Home, kansas, real estate, Wichita | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Some Simple Energy Saving Tips

Here at Realty World Wichita we are environmentally conscious. We know that the seasonal temperature changes in Wichita Kansas can be extreme at times. There are many simple and cost efficient ways to save energy and money.

Through diligent research and development, home-building technology in real estate is continually changing and improving. But home owners can increase the comfort of their home while reducing their heating and cooling needs by investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks.

If you have an older home consider adding insulation. Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated.

Heating and Cooling Tips

  • Keep thermostats only as low/high as is comfortable for the season.
  • Replace filters often.
  • Keep air registers clear and clean. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes.
  • Keep draperies and shades on south-facing windows open/closed to maintain constant temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Add weather seals under doors and insulating film to windows.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wichita Spending Spree

Or, Paying Off A Debt

Council Has Money For Rich Developers

Wichita Vice Mayor Jim Skelton said politicians have to make unpopular decisions that are in the best interest of the community (“Council unsure of incentives for hotel,” Feb.1 Eagle). I fail to see how giving money to rich developers was in the best interest of the community, when there are many areas of the city that have safety concerns and promises unfulfilled.

Taxpayer Owned

City Council members admit there are lots of places in the city where safety is a concern. But where do they begin?  Their pet project, WaterWalk. The $760,000 fee that is going to the developer would go a long way toward funding the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County and sidewalks in the North East part of town.

Everyone interested in the WaterWalk project keeps saying that hotels and shops are desperately  needed downtown. If that were the case, developers would be clamoring over one another to build them. Instead, we have to bribe them with taxpayer money that should be used for the benefit of all the people, not just the select few-the few winners that the council chooses

.February 11, 2010 Wichita Eagle Opinion. Letters to the Editor

WaterWalk

What's this gonna cost the taxpayer

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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