Friday, July 19, 2013

Keeping Cool on a Budget

It's hot and getting hotter for the foreseeable future.

Here are some tips for how to keep your utility bills from getting out of control while you try to stay cool!

  • Remove debris from around your outside air conditioning unit. Look for grass, weeds, dirt and leaves.
  • Change the air filters in your home regularly.
  • Use your ceiling fans and make sure they are blowing the right way. The air should be blowing down.
  • Close the registers in unused rooms to keep from cooling unoccupied space.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature for when you're home or away.
  • Make use of drapes and blinds to keep out some of the sunlight.
  • When replacing light bulbs, choose LED lights that give off less heat.
What tips do you have for staying cool without breaking the bank?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Encouraging Economic News for SC

According to a report by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the leading economic indicators in South Carolina increased for the 4th month in a row.

The combination of an increase in new-home construction and a drop in unemployment claims contributed to the leading index numbers.

Below are some relevant statistics that attribute to these positive numbers.

  • Residential construction permits rose 26.3% in May compared with April.
  • The median sales price for a single-family home rose by 5.6% in May
  • The overall volume of home sales in May rose 21% compared to the same time last year.
For a look at the overall economic indicators in the report visit the Charleston Regional Business Journal HERE.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Home Safety While Away

It's the time of year when many Americans hit the road for a well deserved summer vacation.  Before you go, it's important to prepare your home for your absence. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before getting out of town.

1. If possible have someone come by while you're gone. Ask a trusted friend to peek their head in the neighborhood when possible, maybe water a few plants and just walk through the home every few days.

2. Make sure to stop your mail. This is a free service provided by the post office and in most areas the request can be submitted online.

3. Like above, if you receive the newspaper, make sure to stop delivery while you're gone. You don't want a stack of newspapers piling up while you're gone.

4. Unplug your coffee maker, computer and any other small appliances that won't be making the trip. Don't leave the washing machine or dishwasher running before you go.

5. It seems simple, but make sure all the doors are locked and blinds are closed. Double and even triple check. Especially those doors that aren't used as often.

What are some tips you have on keeping your home safe while you're away?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Happy 4th!





J. Meyer Homes wishes you and yours a very happy Independence Day!

Our deepest thanks to those who have served and who continue to serve to keep our country free.