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A Newsletter from Kenneth Howe, Lic. R.E. Salesperson with RealtyUSA -- [607] 222-8479 E-Mail: khowe@realtyusa.com - www.khowe.com – www.facebook.com/RealtyUSAKennethHowe If your home is currently listed for sale with another Real Estate Professional, please disregard this offer.

Keep your cool while keeping the environment in mind. Thinking about turning on the AC, but concerned about the expense and the environment? There are many steps you can take to keep your home cool while reducing energy costs and taking it easy on the environment. According to the U.S. government's ENERGY STAR program, "As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort." Close window coverings. If you have south or west-facing windows that get direct sunlight, close window coverings during the day. Shades and drapes not only provide extra insulation to keep cool air inside; white window coverings actually reflect the sun away from the home. Maintain your AC. Air conditioners are one of the most energy-intensive appliances there are, so make sure yours are operating as efficiently as possible. Have your AC inspected annually by an HVAC professional who can perform maintenance that reduces energy costs and increases the life of your system. This includes cleaning evaporators and condenser air conditioning coils, checking your central air conditioner's refrigerant level and cleaning and adjusting blower components for proper airflow. If you have an older central air conditioning system, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a new, high-efficiency unit that's sized for the indoor unit. You can get advice from qualified energy contractors. Finally, look for cool rebates. Energy companies, government and non-profit agencies often offer rebates for installing energy efficient air conditioning systems or for taking steps to make sure your AC is installed properly.

JUNE 2012

WATERMELON GAZPACHO (Serves 4-6) Ingredients: 1 large tomato, pureed 1/2 serrano chile 2 cups cubed fresh watermelon 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons minced red onion 1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese Instructions: In a blender, puree watermelon with the apple and 1/4 cup each of the onion and green pepper; pour into a large mixing bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients (including the other 1/4 cup of onion and green pepper). Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour to allow flavors to marinate. Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com

WARRANTY WISDOM Home service agreements give you the assurance that there is someone to help at any time with problems on covered items. A HomeTrust home warranty gives you the protection you need against breakdowns of covered appliances and major systems such as plumbing, heating, electrical and air conditioning. www.2-10.com


June 2012 Newsletter