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When most homeowners think of creating a more eco-friendly home their mind goes to replacing windows, increasing insulation and using less water. But friend, we live in the 21st century! It’s time to catch up with the times. AI, that is artificial intelligence, is everywhere right now. From refrigerators to children's toys it’s almost impossible to turn around and not be confronted with this new, rapidly growing trend.

Right, so you’re saying to yourself I thought this was an article about creating a more environmentally home. And it is! But it’s also about how we can take advantage of AI to do so. Let’s get started.

Our energy bill is usually the first place we look to cut back. Running a home uses up lots of resources, and let’s be honest, can cost a lot of money as well. The Nest Thermostat is a smart thermostat that helps you find a happy balance between maintaining a comfortable temperature and conserving energy.

You can set schedules for changing the temperature throughout the day. You can also put your home on “away mode”, which is kind of like putting a laptop in sleep mode. Your thermostat will lower the temperature while your family is out for the day, but not so low that it takes as much energy as you saved to heat back up again.

Nest even offers the ability to create reports on your usage each month. Drill down into your data to find trends in your usage. Learn more about how your family consumes energy so you can create heating schedules that work best for you unique needs.

Wemo’s Instant Smart Plug also allows you to take ultimate control of all the devices throughout your home. You can control power usage right from your phone. As well as set the different devices on schedules.

And just like Nest Thermostat, you can report on usage. The beautiful thing about Wemo’s Smart Plug is that you can gather data per device to see which is an energy hog as well as curate an overall data set per room to see which uses the most energy.

Become eco-savvy when it comes to your lawn and gardening. Skydrop uses weather upcoming conditions from local forecasts to automatically plan out a watering schedule for your sprinklers. Take all the guesswork out of whether to water or not. Skydrop will take care of it for you.

And lastly, you don’t need to make huge investments to get green tech. Pick up a solar power bank to charge small devices like your phone. They’re available almost everywhere at very reasonable pricing. It might seem small, but overtime opting for solar in this one way makes a huge difference!  


 

1640 PENINSULA DR, TAVARES, FL 32778  

Residential
$979,900
Price
3
Bedrooms
3
Baths
“The Peninsula” is arguably the best location on central Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes; this picture-perfect sunset location is a quiet sanctuary just minutes from Orlando. The luxurious resort-style 15x32 Master Bedroom has sweeping lake views, French doors opening out onto the pool deck, separate his & hers walk-in closets equipped with built-ins, and a spa-like Master bath that features a deep garden tub and a walk-through shower. This 3/3 split floor plan is centered around generously sized living spaces each highlighting the expansive lake views and includes an office/den/bonus room. The spacious 2nd and 3rd bedrooms each enjoy lake views, have their own walk-in closet, and share a spacious ensuite-style hall bathroom between them. The kitchen is a chef’s dream that features a gas oven-range with upgraded vent to the outside, ample prep and storage space, an island, a breakfast bar, and a breakfast nook. The Living Room features a wet bar for your personal pleasures and social entertaining and opens out onto the pool deck where your brand-new Pebble-Tec finished salt water heated pool & spa awaits. Custom decorative touches throughout include one-of-a-kind chandeliers from Mount Dora Art Festival artists and built-in cabinetry and shelving. All rooms have tray and/or volume ceilings. The efficient 2 car garage features smart storage pulleys for your ladders, bikes, and boxes as well as stairs to the ample attic storage. While some homes might be too big and others too small, this home is JUST RIGHT


If you’re planning on buying a new home sometime in the near future, you may be wondering when the best time of year to buy a home really is. There’s many theories about when the best time of year to buy a home is. It’s widely known that inventory on homes available for sale picks up in spring. That means that inventory increases, but so too does the volume of competition for people who are buying homes. Just because spring is busy, in real estate that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the best time to buy. 


Spring is, however, a great time to sell your home. The same goes for the summer as the buying frenzy continues right into the fall for most home buyers. As a buyer or a seller, you’ll want to have a good understanding of the housing market no matter what time of year you’re making your property transactions. Whether you’re buying or selling, you’ll want to know how to get the best bang for your buck. While many people are ready for a change after the long winter months, yet, many people can hold out through other times of the year. 


The Market Changes With The Seasons


As the seasons change, so too do the number of people selling versus the number of people who are looking to buy. If you don’t mind the competition and know what you’re looking for, any time is a good time to buy. As a buyer, you’ll either be facing low inventory, tough competition, or a combination of the two. If you’re scoping out the type of home you’d like to live in, you’ll want to browse in the spring. Have your pre-approval ready just in case you find a home you love at the right price. If you’re not in a rush, spring shopping can give you a good idea of what’s out there for you. You’ll be able to narrow down the type of home you want and where you’d like to live when the time is right.


There’s Really No Golden Rule For Timing


When it comes to buying and selling real estate, there is no sweet spot during the year as to when you’ll have better luck. Being prepared and understanding the trends in your area are a good start. When you hire the right real estate agent, they can be your advocate throughout the process of either buying or selling. Agents can research different trends from the time of year that properties are sold in a certain neighborhood right through to the correct pricing for a home just like yours or the one you are looking for.


Has your house become someplace that doesn't quite feel like the home you want? Maybe it’s dull or dreary or just not your style anymore? Perhaps you’re on a tight budget, or don’t feel that you have the time to go out and redo your entire space — no worries you don't have to re-design the whole room to freshen it up and breathe life back into it. 

Start with a vision 

What about your space bothers you or just doesn’t feel like you anymore? Are there certain colors that you would like to see? Or maybe some that you wouldn’t? Determine if the furniture that you have fulfills your needs. If not, this may be the place that you splurge a little since proper functionality is essential to help you enjoy your environment while you are using it. Also, consider if you would benefit from rearranging the current set-up in your space. It may look like it is stuck where it is, especially if it has been there a while, but measure out what you have and see if you have other options. If so, then give them a go. It is a good idea to move the larger things around, even if you don’t think it will remain that way, as this will give you a chance to clean under and around anything that hasn’t been moved recently and may give you new ideas once you see it from a different perspective. 

Bring on the accent pieces

Once you have the furniture figured out, the easiest way to change the appearance of a room is with accent pieces. These include throw blankets, accent pillows, bedding, art, lamps, plants, and even candles. Throw pillows are one of the least expensive and easiest places to start. New cushions, or different pillow covers, change both the color and style of your space. If it is the bedroom, then the bedding is a good starting place considering the bed probably takes up most of the room. 

Plants are a great way to update your space and also an excellent source of fresh air and, depending on what type you choose, pleasing aroma as well. Art and lamps don’t have to be grand but can significantly impact the appearance of your setting dictating the tone in both style and coloring. Keep in mind the sizes and shapes that enhance the furniture, arrangement, and room where you will be putting each of these. 

Enjoy!

Once you have determined all of these variable factors and decided where you want to take your décor, the only thing left to do is to shop for the new elements that you have chosen and put them in place. Online, resale shops and your local antique, department or outlet and clearance stores are great places to find the treasure that re-imagines a plain, old space into your own again. Have fun with the process and enjoy your home once more!


If you recently purchased a home in a new city or town, you may need to act quickly to ensure cable services are installed immediately following your move. Lucky for you, we're here to help you assess cable services providers so that you can find one that exceeds your expectations.

Now, let's take a look at three best practices as you evaluate cable services providers.

1. Think About the Services That You Will Need

Many cable services providers are available, and no two services providers are exactly alike. As such, you'll want to examine which cable services that you need, along with which services that you can live without.

For example, a hardcore football fan likely will need a cable services package that makes it easy to watch plenty of pigskin action. On the other hand, a political news follower may want a cable services package that delivers up-to-the-minute Capitol Hill news coverage.

Ask each cable services provider about the packages that it provides, along with which channels are included in each package. That way, you'll be better equipped than ever before to make an informed cable services purchase decision.

2. Consider Your Budget

Cable services packages may vary from basic packages that include a handful of channels to complete bundles that feature thousands of channels. Meanwhile, cable services providers offer packages at different price points, and you'll want to find a package that guarantees you won't have to break your monthly budget to afford cable services.

In some instances, cable services providers offer discounts to customers who sign multi-year agreements. Keep in mind, however, that if you sign a multi-year agreement, you're committed to the terms of this pact for a few years. And if you need to break the agreement, you may be hit with a cancellation fee.

Furthermore, many cable services providers offer internet and phone services. If you decide to combine your cable services with internet and phone offerings, you may be able to receive a discounted bundle rate.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Separating one cable services provider from another can be difficult, particularly for those with limited time and resources at their disposal. If you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can gain expert insights into different cable services companies and boost your chances of making the best possible selection.

A real estate agent is happy to connect you with top cable services providers in various cities and towns. By doing so, this housing market professional can ensure you can seamlessly set up cable services at any address, at any time.

Let's not forget about the support that a real estate agent can provide throughout the homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent can schedule home showings, negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf and much more.

There is no need to worry about getting the best cable services at your new home. Use the aforementioned best practices, and you can should have no trouble finding a top-notch cable services provider prior to moving day.