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Electric Heat Pump Benefits

Electric Heat Pump Benefits

Heat pumps are pretty neat as they offer an alternative to running your air conditioner. If your home needs moderate heating or cooling a heat pump is a great alternative because it moves heat from a cool space to warm space, which makes the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

On average you save $1,000-$2,000 annually according to energy reports. On top of those savings heat pumps come equipped with filter systems so bacteria spores don’t have an opportunity to settle in your home. Heat pumps are extremely efficient in brand new constructions homes so definitely check out McKee Homes to find your next home with the electric heat pump already installed! To see this electric heat pump feature as well as read about all of our other energy-efficient features click here.

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Using Energy Efficient Appliances Is a Cost-Saving Smart Move!

Using energy efficient appliances is a cost-saving smart move that can increase the longevity of your appliances and save you money on your energy bill! There are lots of benefits of using these types of appliances that not only benefit you but also the environment. McKee Homes uses all energy-efficient appliances in each of our homes. Read below for a few benefits!

  1. Reduced Energy Costs According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star appliances will reduce your home appliance energy usage and costs between 10-50%. On average, according to the NRDC American homeowners are saving about $2,000 per household using these appliances in their homes!
  1. Environmentally Friendly– Another great reason to utilize these appliances are its benefits for the earth! The benefits include reducing water consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing our reliance on fossil fuel resources.
  1. Do More with Less Time– This a great one for anyone that may not particularly look forward to spending an entire Saturday doing laundry! According to the NRDC using an energy-efficient washer will allow you to wash more in a single load and dry them faster!

Here are a few quick tips on how to effectively use your appliances in the home to continue seeing all the great energy-efficient benefits!

  1. Dishwasher: Use it only on full and scrape instead of rinsing your dishes before you load them. Remove the dry setting and allow your dishes to air dry.
  1. Stove: Use the burners that are closest to your pot size; heat is lost when the pot is too small. Turn your oven off a few minutes before your meal is done cooking the remaining heat will continue cooking it.
  1. Refrigerator: Check your door seal to make sure it is intact. Give your food a chance to cool down before refrigerating it.
  1. Washer/dryer: Wait until you are at a full load before washing. Try to use the cool water setting as much as possible.

There are so many benefits to using the energy-efficient appliances in your home! Contact us at 910-672-7296 to find out about all of the great features and options available to you!

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Cost-Efficient Thermostat Temperatures to Save You Money This Summer!

Cost-efficient thermostat temperatures are so important to save you money this summer on your electricity bill! During this time of year with temperatures reaching the high 90s in most areas, thermostat adjustments to keep your home cool and your bill low are necessary. Cooling your home with your air conditioning unit depending on the size, could sky rocket your bill into the high hundreds! Though it is tempting to adjust your thermostat really low during the summer in an effort to cool your home faster, this could actually be counter productive because your unit is working harder and burning more energy. Consistent set temperatures maintain energy output levels and reduces your out-of-pocket cost.

Before you receive your next bill and its causes you to break into a sweat, let me share a couple of cost-efficient thermostat temperature tips below!

  1. If you plan to be away from your home for an extended amount of time during the day (4 hours or more) keep the temperature set at a higher number. Once you arrive back home, adjust the temperature to 78 degrees. Based on your comfort level your thermostat should stay at this temperature throughout the warmer months.
  2.  Use your windows at night, turning off the A/C unit completely which allows the breeze to keep you cool while you are sleep. Also, utilize ceiling fans while you are in the room and then turn them off once you leave. It is unnecessary to leave ceiling fans on when you are no longer in the room as the fans do not keep the room itself cooler but cools the people who are in it.

According to Energy.gov for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer you could save six-eight percent off your energy bill per degree! These savings can be used to entertain your family and friends grilling in your backyard! Or a fun-filled water day at the local pool or water park! Making these small adjustments could add up significantly over time. Comment on this post and let me know if these tips would work for you! Also check out all of our available homes today!

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7 Hottest Trends in New Home Design

When you build a new home, you get to pick everything from the homesite your home will be built to the exterior colors and the flooring to the light fixtures and everything in between.  As you consider how you’re going to design your new home, our design team has come up with a list of the seven hottest trends in new home design.

  1. Reviving a classic tile

You can add a bit of pizazz to your new home up by upgrading your kitchen and bathroom backsplashes to subway tile.  These tiles have been around since 1904 when they were used in the first New York subway station.  Subway tile is a great option because it’s easy to clean and the shiny surface reflects light helping to make the surrounding area brighter.  There are many color options available, so you’ll only be limited by your imagination.  You’ll want to consider what color grout to use with these tiles.  For example, white grout makes a charcoal gray tile pop as does a gray grout with white tile.

  1. Getting rid of the tub

In the past, the master bathroom has always had a bathtub and shower combination and more recently it has had a large garden tub with separate shower.  However, now many homebuyers are getting rid of the tub and opting for a larger walk-in shower.  We’ve seen this change happen more frequently as many have expressed they just don’t have the time to soak in a bathtub and would rather use the extra space for a larger shower.

  1. Bigger is better when it comes to tile

Tile has been a popular option for master bathrooms for decades.  We’ve recently seen homebuyers steering towards large-format tiles for the floors and in the shower.  Popular sizes include 12”x24”, 4”x16” and 6”x36”.  These tiles help make bathrooms look larger and can help highlight a room with a contrasting wall color.  You’ll find that larger tiles is easier maintain as there are less grout lines.

  1. Gray, gray and more gray

Gray is all the latest craze in home décor.  As you drive through neighborhoods, you see more and more homes in various shades of gray, but the gray trend doesn’t end there.  We are seeing gray on the walls, cabinets, backsplashes, fireplaces, bath fixtures and more.  This versatile, neutral color can work with just about any style, whether old world, modern, traditional or contemporary.  There are many shades to choose from as this color ranges from a light silver to a dark charcoal color.  If you enjoy changing up your décor, gray could prove to be a great option as a little change to an accent color can change the feel of a whole room.

  1. And the gray continues…

One of hot trends for the kitchen is gray cabinets. Gray is that neutral that looks good with just about everything, from your laminate floors to a colorful wall paint.  You will be happy with your choice to go gray.  You will want to think about the size of your space when deciding on gray cabinets.  If your space is small you may want a lighter gray as a darker gray would make your kitchen look smaller.  Another consideration is whether or not to have your cabinets painted gray or stained gray as you get different effects each option.

  1. A cook’s kitchen

The kitchen is the main gathering place in most homes.  Whether you are cooking a weeknight dinner or for a holiday gathering, the kitchen sees a lot of use.  Many homebuyers have been upgrading their kitchens to deluxe kitchens.  They enjoy having the stove cooktop with separate built-in double wall ovens.  For multi-generational or larger families, the double oven is an especially nice feature to have.

  1. An extension of your home…outdoors

Over the past few years, we’ve seen homebuyers investing more in their backyards to create outdoor extensions of their new homes.  These outdoor spaces have become a cherished part of the home for many as little time off doesn’t allow for many getaways and these spaces allow them the relaxing retreats they desire.  The most popular outdoor living trends we have seen are screened-in covered porches, stone fireplaces, wiring for surround sound systems and outdoor kitchens.

Designing your new home is an exciting process and only gets more exciting as you see everything coming together.  However, it can sometimes be overwhelming and that’s when an experienced new home design team is so important.  McKee Homes has highly skilled team members dedicated to creating the best home building and buying experience possible in Eastern North Carolina.  Communities we are actively involved and building in include Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.  Our homes feature a variety of desirable floor plans, and you can even design your new home in our interactive design app.

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Should I Buy a New Home Now or Later?

If you’re like many people, you may be asking yourself should I buy a new home now or later? While there are many things to consider when asking this question, here are a few things to get you started:

  • Are you in a good place financially?
  • Are you ready to be your own landlord?
  • Are you committed to staying in one place?

If you answered yes to these questions then you may be ready to buy a home. The next question you may ask yourself is should I buy now or later? With interest rates still at all time lows, that may sway your opinion. Maybe, knowing that Freddie Mac predicts that by January 2017 interest rates will rise to 4.5% or that CoreLogic predicts that home prices will increase by 5.5% over the next year may help make your decision to begin the home search now. If you wait until next year, that $250,000 budget you have would need to increase by $13,750 to get the same home.

Should I Buy a New Home Now or Later

If you have questions about the home buying process or what McKee Homes has to offer, contact us today and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Additional Source: Forbes.com

 

Best Neighborhoods near Fort Bragg, NC

Whether you are a looking to purchase your first home or anticipating retiring close to world class golf courses to master your putt, McKee Homes in the Fort Bragg area of North Carolina has the ideal neighborhood for you. You may be facing budget constraints, looking to upgrade your existing residence or simply want a more maintenance free home. McKee Homes carefully designs and plans its neighborhoods to meet your specific needs and fulfill your desired wish list as well.  We feature some of the best places to live near Fort Bragg.

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For first time homebuyers, military families, retirees on a fixed income and renters looking to begin the rewarding journey of home ownership, McKee Homes has several delightful neighborhoods from which to choose. River Glen, close to Fayetteville, offers family friendly floor plans that start in the high $100’s. This affordable community has walking trails, country living and a clubhouse with pool to be built next year, in addition to being located within the Cumberland County School District.

Another budget-friendly community is Sinclair with over 200 acres of lush countryside and views of the greenbelts from nearly every home, as well as a community pond for fishing and other recreational activities. Sinclair is just 15 minutes from Fort Bragg’s Manchester Gate. If extra security is on your must-have list, the neighborhood of Oakmont features a gated entry. For those who simply cringe at the acronym DIY, The Cottages at North Ramsey feature maintenance-free exteriors with long lasting cement board lap siding, soffits and eves. In addition, The Cottages offer excellent proximity to Fort Bragg, the Goodyear plant, hospitals, diverse restaurants and easy access shopping. Moreover, each neighborhood is located within excellent school districts: Sinclair in Moore County School District, Oakmont in Harnett County School District and The Cottages at North Ramsey in the Cumberland County School District.

Perhaps your family is growing or you and your spouse simply want more room, then McKee Homes has neighborhoods that offer larger homes with square footage that ranges from 2,000 to 3,900 square feet and prices from the low $200’s. Liberty Hill at King’s Grant offers close proximity to golf courses, Fort Bragg, the Goodyear plant as well as easy access to highways, shopping and dining. If you want to live near Pinehurst, NC on the west side of Fort Bragg, Foxcroft is within 15 miles of 43 golf courses, while the golf communities of Legacy Lakes and Mid South Club have all the amenities of country club living.

Whether you are retired and looking for a community that offers easy access to professional level golf courses or just like to get out on the course during the weekends, avid golfers can tee off at one of the many golf communities offered by McKee Homes. Legacy Lakes offers the Nicklaus Design Legacy Golf Links, or if slicing a fuzzy yellow ball over the net is more your style, The Racquet House Racquet and Fitness Club has six stunning clay courts, as well as a pool and clubhouse. Legacy Lakes, Mid South Club and Foxcroft are in Moore County close to west gates at Fort Bragg.

Other communities offering easy access to world-class golfing are The Cottages at Carriage Creek, The Cottages at Carriage Glen and Valley Streams in Anderson Creek Club. Enjoy living in a secure, gated community with a golf course as well as a clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball, parks, playgrounds and tranquil walking trails.

One of the most upscale McKee Homes neighborhoods is Plantation Pointe, which is located in a private gated community of Mid South Club in Southern Pines. This beautiful community features all the amenities and extras for those seeking the country club lifestyle. A trip to the clubhouse, tennis courts, pool, driving range and golf course is an easy stroll from your home. Moreover, Plantation Pointe offers such upscale amenities as energy efficient open floor plans, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and designer cabinets to create a unique ambience that truly reflects your individual personality.

We all have different needs and wants at various times in our lives. Whether you’re looking for your family’s first new home, a new home for a growing family, or want to retire in an active adult or golf community, McKee Homes offers new homes in a perfect neighborhood for your family. From entry level new homes to upscale communities with invigorating hikes along verdant trails and lush golf courses, McKee Homes has a neighborhood for you.

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Top 5 reasons to buy an energy efficient new home

While older homes sometimes have a quaint nostalgic feeling about them, they just can’t compare to the low maintenance, money-saving features and technology conveniences of an energy efficient new home.

1. Save money every month on utility and water bills
New homes are built to the latest building codes, which means they have more insulation, better insulated windows and doors, more efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures well as new energy efficient appliances. That equates to lower utility and water bills every month.

On average, newly built homes save 3,449 KWH per year* over older homes. That’s a big savings on your electric bill each month. An energy efficient new washer can save as much as 7,000 gallons of water each year.* Combined with low-flow toilets, this can significantly lower your water bill.

In addition to saving money, using less energy is better for the environment by saving precious natural resources and reducing pollution.

2. Safer and more comfortable environment for your family
New homes help keep the outside out and the inside protected. There’s a big difference between new energy efficient windows and doors over older ones in temperature, light and noise transfer between the inside and outside of a home. This applies to everything from air temperature, toxins and particulate matter, which is especially important to sufferers of asthma and bronchial disorders, to outside noise from traffic, lawn mowers or barking dogs.

A new home’s kitchen appliances and bathroom tub, toilet and sinks have never been used by anyone else and are clean and ready for your family to enjoy. New electrical systems are built to modern codes making them safer. Overall your family will have a much more comfortable and safer environment in which to live with a new energy efficient home.

3. New appliances are under warranty, last longer and save money
With a new home, all your appliances are new and under warranty. You won’t risk having to replace your hot water heater or anything else soon after you move in, which is often a hidden cost of buying an older house. Because they are new, the kitchen stove, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher have never been used so they start out clean and are easier to keep that way. With proper maintenance, they should last a very long time while saving you money every month on utility bills.

4. Take advantage of new technologies
Newer technologies now make it possible to connect HVAC, security, lighting systems and entertainment systems together so they can be centrally controlled or even controlled remotely from a mobile phone or tablet. Wireless automation allows many of a home’s systems to be controlled remotely, from thermostats and window blinds to entry doors and HVAC systems. You can adjust the temperature, lighting, security system or even let someone in the house by unlocking the front door using an app on your cell phone or tablet.

5. Better resale value and easier to sell
Sometimes life throws you a curve and you find yourself changing jobs or being transferred to another city, having to move your family in a short period of time. With all of that going on, it’s nice to know that in the event you need to sell your home; a newer energy efficient home will have a higher resale value and be easier to sell.

Everyone is different and while some people enjoy fixing up an older home and don’t mind the additional utility costs; the advancements in technology in the last five years alone makes owning a new home less expensive, better on our environment and generally safer and more comfortable. For those of us that don’t want to spend their weekends maintaining their home and embrace the conveniences and safety factors of newer technologies, a new energy efficient home is the best choice.

*NewHomeSource.com – www.newhomesource.com/startfresh/energy-efficiency/