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November
28

6 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill for Winter

Lower Energy Bill - Homeowners - DeHOFF REALTORS

The first utility bill in a new home can mean an unpleasant surprise for the unsuspecting homeowner. Not only is the cost higher in a house than in an apartment, but energy costs are soaring across the globe. Fortunately, you can take measures to lower your utility bills, and our real estate agents would like to share them with you.

  1. Seal it up!
    You would be amazed at how much cold air seeps in through tiny openings around the house. Start first with weather stripping around doors and windows. This low-cost process will save you a lot of money over time. But don't stop there. Check for gaps anywhere two materials meet, such as where siding meets the foundation, a chimney, or the roof. Pick up exterior-grade caulking from your favorite home improvement store and apply it wherever such gaps appear. Install foam gaskets behind light switches. 

  2. Install a smart thermostat
    You may find that many of our North Canton homes for sale are already equipped with this modern convenience, but if not, you would be doing yourself a big favor by installing one. You can pre-program your energy consumption based on your schedule. That can save you as much as 35% on your bill. But you can do far more than that. You can communicate with your thermostat via an app on your phone to keep utility use to a minimum when you are out of town, adjusting the house to an appropriate temperature just before you return. 

  3. Lower the temperature on your water heater
    Most manufacturers set the thermostat to about 160 degrees, but you don't need it to be more than 120. If your water heater is an older model, you may need to flush the mineral buildup from the tank. It's a simple process that can save you a lot. Turn off the water and power. Let the unit cool. Attach a hose to the bottom of the unit leading water to the outside. Open the drain valve and turn the water back on to flush. When the water runs clear, reverse the process. Be sure to close the drain valve securely before removing the hose and turning the water back on. 

  4. Maintain your HVAC unit
    Make sure the area surrounding your unit is clean and free from debris. Cut any branches or plant growth that could encroach upon the unit. Change your air filters every three months. After turning off the power, remove the unit's cover and vacuum out dust, cleaning coils and fins thoroughly. Schedule professional maintenance annually, and if you experience a particularly difficult season weather-wise, consider a check-up between seasons. Replacing an aging HVAC unit is expensive, but this may be an important issue to address if your utility bills are excessive. 

  5. Choose the best energy plan for you
    Akron homes for sale offer the buyer a choice between energy suppliers. Talk to your agent to get a list of options. Then call each to discuss their energy plans before you make a selection. Each supplier may offer multiple plans. Pick the one best suited to your lifestyle to obtain the lowest price available.

  6. Don't forget the tips your parents taught you
    Dress appropriately for the temperature and keep doors and windows closed. Turn off the light when you leave the room and unplug energy thieves when you turn them off. Some electronics are actually on stand-by for quick start-up. 

When you're ready to tour some of the most beautiful houses in Ohio, contact us. We will be happy to help you find the perfect new home for you. 

November
7

Where to Order Holiday Pies Around North Canton

Order Holiday Pies - North Canton, OH - DeHOFF REALTORS

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means our real estate agents are already dreaming of delicious holiday pies. Whether it's a pumpkin and pecan pie for Thanksgiving or fruit and custard pies for Christmas, a good pie is a staple of any great holiday meal.

We take pies very seriously around Canton and North Canton, which is why you can find amazing pies at most area bakeries and diners. If you're looking for a place to grab a holiday pie this year, don't wait until it's too late. Check out one of these fantastic local shops:

  • Johnnie's Bakery Of Canton - 6652 Wise Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720
    This North Canton staple is always a go-to destination for holiday pies. Johnnie's Bakery Of Canton serves some of the best local baked goods (including amazing donuts), so it's no surprise that many residents turn to this shop for pumpkin pies, pecan pies, cherry pies, and more. The shop is open 6 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Saturday Best of all, it's conveniently located just down the road from these North Canton homes for sale

  • Ferraro's Family Restaurant - 3822 Navarre Rd. SW, Canton, OH 44706
    You'll notice some tasty pies on display as soon as you walk into Ferraro's Family Restaurant. This old-school restaurant serves home-cooked meals and a wide variety of pies, including pumpkin, coconut cream, cherry, and more. The restaurant receives many holiday orders, so get yours in early. After picking up your pie, swing by one of these nearby Canton homes for sale.

  • Variety's Restaurant - 1286 S. Main St. #4271, North Canton, OH 44720
    Another great North Canton restaurant that serves freshly baked pies for dessert is Variety's Restaurant. If you're looking for great food, great service, and delicious pies, this is your place. Their pies are available for holiday orders, and the Lemon Meringue Pie is one of the best sellers! The restaurant is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm.

  • Norcia Bakery - Belden Ave. NE, Canton, OH 44704
    Norcia Bakery is a great place for pies. This bake shop serves cookies, cakes, pastries, and pies, all made fresh daily, and everything is delicious. If you're out of town, they offer nationwide ordering online. Live in Stark County? They offer holiday pie home delivery, so you don't even have to leave the house. 

  • Studio Bakery - 4339 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718
    This awesome local bake shop makes one of the best cherry pies in town, so you'll definitely want it on your table this holiday season. Additionally, Studio Bakery bakes (and designs) some of the tastiest cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more. Is there a certain pie you're craving? Call in and place your order over the phone. The staff is always friendly and helpful!

  • Baker's Cafe - 1927 Stark Ave. SW, Canton, OH 44706
    One of the best things about having dinner at Baker's Cafe is finishing your meal with a delicious slice of freshly-baked homemade pie. These pies are made fresh every morning, and there are always different flavors to choose from (though the Pecan is one of the best). Stop in or call to place your holiday pie order.

Pies are an important part of every holiday meal, so head to your favorite area bakery or diner to place your order. For more information on local businesses, contact us today.

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