NOVEMBER HOME OWNER UPDATE

There is No Place Like Home

Sure, Dorothy might have coined the phrase, but for many area home buyers, these words refer to their choice to build their new home outside the traditional city limits. Neighborhoods continue to spring up all over green country, and smaller communities are no exception. Larger homes, larger lots, and top of the line amenities, continue to attract savvy buyers away from the higher cost of building in South Tulsa and Jenks. 

Following the lead of cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Kansas City. Home Builders are packing up their hammers and are moving out of the traditionally overcrowded areas of Tulsa. The desire for a larger home, a three-car garage, or subdivisions that have more space between the homes have introduced Buyers to the untapped potential of bedroom communities such as Bixby, Glenpool, Collinsville and Kiefer. An example of this pilgrimage is evident in the successful growth of Owasso. Only 10-15 minutes outside of Tulsa you will find some of the best home values in Oklahoma. 

If you ask these new home owners, how they feel about their choice in neighborhoods, the answer is simple; the drive is short and the rewards can be big! Interested in building or buying a new home? Our experience in new construction can be a valuable asset when planning your home. Contact us today and start planning for tomorrow.

November Home Owner Update

Public Service Company of Oklahoma offers the following tips to help our customers reduce energy usage and keep costs down. And remember, you can help even out electric service costs by dividing your yearly energy costs into average monthly payments.

Cold Weather Tips

Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually by a professional to ensure your equipment is operating safely and at peak efficiency.

Caulk, seal and weatherstrip all openings from your home to the outside. Install plastic sheeting or storm windows over old or leaking windows. Eliminating air leaks in your home can save you as much as 10 percent in energy costs. More attic insulation may be needed if the ceiling joists are visible. R-30 to R-38 insulation levels (10 – 16 inches of blown) are recommended.

Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that maintains a lower temperature in your home during times when you are away.

Maintaining consistent temperatures within a few degrees will help save money. Encourage family members to reach for sweaters, hot drinks and sofa throws instead of turning up the heat.

Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly, since warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.

Remove or reposition any furniture or other items that may be blocking floor or return air vents.
Limit the use of bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans – they can pull warm air from your home quickly. Take shorter showers to reduce water-heating costs, and open bathroom doors after showers to allow the moist heat to circulate to other rooms.

Open draperies and blinds on south-facing windows to allow sunlight to enter in daylight hours to take advantage of the warm sunrays. Close draperies and blinds on these windows at night to maintain heat. Set your water heater temperature to between 120 and 140 degrees, depending on family size.