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Essex & South Burlington Open Houses Sunday 9/16 1-3PM!

This Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting 2 Open Houses! Join us in Essex and South Burlington. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

5 Camp Street, Essex Junction

Pristine 4BR/2BA split level with chef’s kitchen w/ decorative tile backsplash, sunny living room with picture window, private master suite, and expanded back deck. Plenty of room to entertain and a great central location, just minutes to Taft’s Corners!

 

 

MLS# 4711465 / $349,900

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1438 Williston Road, South Burlington

Charming 2BR/1BA one level home in the heart of South Burlington. Newer kitchen with maple cabinets, gorgeous hardwood floor throughout, plenty of storage, sunny bedrooms, one car garage, lovely stone patio, and space for a garden. Perfect starter home!

 

 

MLS# 4717555/ $235,000

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Essex, Shelburne & South Burlington Open Houses Sunday 9/9 1-3pm!

This Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting 4 Open Houses! Join us in Essex, South Burlington and Shelburne. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

396 Thompson Road, Shelburne

Inviting 4 bedroom colonial located minutes to Shelburne Village. 7.5 acres of gorgeous landscaping, lilac & apple trees, a pond and more! Enjoy the upgraded kitchen w/ beautiful cherry cabinets, cozy woodstove in the sunny family room, room for a home theater and hiking right out your front door!

 

 

MLS# 4695691 / $709,900

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148 Braeburn Street, South Burlington

Lovely Cider Mill neighborhood carriage home with gourmet kitchen, granite counters & wine chiller. Private master suite with walk-in closet, soaking tub & cathedral ceiling, bright and sunny living room w/ gas fireplace and dining room with sliders to expanded back deck. Great views and minutes to bike path!

 

 

MLS# 4683067/ $464,900

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43 McIntosh Avenue, South Burlington

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to live in the Orchards Neighborhood, one of South Burlington’s sought-after neighborhoods. This wonderful 2BR/2BA one level home has lots of windows & privacy, a brightly lit family room and a great floor plan.

 

MLS# 4701649 / $279,900

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78 Sand Hill Road #27, Essex

Affordable 2BR/1BA condo on the 1st floor. Unit needs a little TLC so roll up your sleeves and make it your own! Eat-in kitchen, sunny living room, quiet wooded setting with garden space and in a great location. Minutes to bike path, movie theater, town parks & more!

 

MLS# 4709798 / $112,500

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How Energy Efficient Is Your Home?

How Energy Efficient Is Your Home?

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It’s an unfortunate truth that fall is approaching rapidly and summer is coming to an end. While fall does bring changing leaves, fun holidays and the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte, it also brings along cooler temperatures. While breaking out sweaters and drinking warm drinks is nice, it signals that heating season is upon us.  This is especially true in Vermont with a coldest recorded temperature of -50°F (-46°C) in Bloomfield, VT in 1933. Brrr! The goal of every homeowner is to keep warm air in and cold air out and an energy audit will help you do just that.

What exactly is an energy audit? An energy audit is a process in which an energy auditor goes through the inside and outside of your home, as well as your energy bills, to determine how efficiently your home is using energy.  The auditor will likely do an exterior inspection first to determine information like wall area, number of windows etc. The auditor will also likely want to go over historical energy bills and discuss habits of the homeowner that can impact energy usage.  Then an in-depth room-by-room inspection will occur, including the attic and basement where applicable, to check windows, doors, the furnace and more. A variety of tests will be conducted including a thermographic scan (which can show where warm/cool air is leaving the home), a blower door test and others.

“What’s a blower door test?” You may ask. A blower door test is used to determine how airtight a home is. This is done by using a fan mounted in an exterior door to pull air out of the home thus lowering the air pressure inside. This causes air from the outside to rush into the home through any cracks or openings. A smoke pencil may be used to help detect air leaks (a smoke pencil lets out a non-toxic smoke or fog to help illustrate where air is entering the home). There is a helpful infographic found here from the U.S. Department of Energy that has an illustration of what the blower door test set-up will look like.

Now that you have a little more information see below for how to find an energy auditor, how to know they are the right one for you and a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Your state or local government, as well as your utility company, can likely recommend someone to use for your energy audit
  • Collect references so you have a better idea of who you are working with
  • Make sure the auditor uses a calibrated blower door for more accurate results
  • To prepare:
    • Note any issues, including:
      • Any condensation you may see collecting in your home
      • Any drafts you may have noticed
      • If a particular room/area is harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in etc.
    • Have summaries of yearly energy bills (your utility companies can prepare this for you)
    • Also, think about how to answer questions like:
      • Is there anyone home during the workday?
      • What is the average indoor temperature in the summer & winter?
      • How many people live in the home?
      • Are all of the rooms used? Etc.

Making the changes suggested by the energy audit will mean saving energy, money, and living more comfortably. Who doesn’t want that?