Blog :: 11-2016

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NH Winter Adventures! Driving habits can determine the activities!

The beaches are empty and the landscape is winter white gold. You can almost judge the activities on any given weekend by the traffic heading up Interstate 89, 93 or Rt 16.

On any given day the flow of trucks at 5 to 6 am are ice fishermen heading up to the uncrowded frozen beaches setting up bob houses. Next are the skiers around 7-8 am, interesting the skier traffic seems sparse until you get to your favorite resort and the parking lot is full? Where did all the people come from there wasn't a car on the highway.  9 to 10 am you have the third round of visitors towing snowmobile's to their prized destination. There are 1000's of miles of trails so you can start in Concord and have lunch in Conway or Hanover. Those sleeping late will be on the road around 11 am heading up to snowshoe, skate, cross country ski or ice fishing on one of the warm water lakes. The next crowd is the lunch and shopping group, mixed in this pack are the snow tubers. They typically head to the outlet stores in North Conway or Tilton around lunch to 2 pm or to one of ski resorts for a couple of hours of aggressive sliding. Everyone gets back on the highway around 3:30 to head home so your best bet to avoid traffic is stay over and go home the next morning.

Some Key Events and Adventures

Meredith Pond Hockey -  Snowdeo at Diamond Pond - Zip Lining - Dog Sled Races - Sleigh Rides - Winter Camping - Lincoln's Ice Castle - Ice Climbing - Ice Sailing - Mt Washington Snow Coach - Winter Carnivals - Ski Racing - Build a Snowman - Snow Angels - Ski Museum - Ice Harvesting

 

Alton Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway

Alton Bay Has an FAA Approved Ice Runway

 

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Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size

We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won't regret it.

4. Not Customizing Temperature

Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you're away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you're gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly

Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6.Over Watering Lawn

Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you're never around to see what you're actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High

Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

8. Leaky Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.

9. Paying a Handyman

Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.

10. Ignoring Curled Shingles

It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.

Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.

By Cary Teller, Housecall

 

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016

 

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Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty