JANIE Schriewer | Washington Real Estate, Union Real Estate, Pacific Real Estate


Whether you're environmentally conscious or just want to save a few dollars on your utility bills, there are simple ways to do both. One of the first steps to conserving electricity and water is to become more aware of when and how you're using it.

A major challenge for many parents is to get their kids to turn off lights, appliances, and water faucets when they're not using them. With persistence, you can hopefully get them to understand the importance of saving money, controlling costs, and conserving resources.

Dependable Old Appliances Are a Mixed Blessing

Toilets and household appliances can last much longer than their expected life span, but after a certain point, you're getting diminishing returns. If your toilets are more than 25 years old, for example, you're wasting gallons of water with every flush. Inefficient toilets from just a couple generations ago use as much as six gallons of water every time they're flushed. According the Environmental Protection Agency, recent advances in toilet design are now enabling families to use only 1.28 gallons of water per flush while still getting superior performance. In dollars and cents, families that replace old, obsolete toilets with Watersense-certified models can save more than $110 a year (and nearly 13,000 gallons of water). The EPA says utilities may even offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet. (As a side note, toilet use in homes accounts for nearly 30 percent of an average family's indoor water consumption.)

If your washing machine was manufactured before 2003, it's another source of wasted water and energy. The newer Energy Star-certified clothes washers can save about $45 a year in utility bills, based on typical usage patterns. They use about 25% less energy and 45% less water than the old, standard models. The EPA also says that if you have a dishwasher made before 1994, it wastes approximately 10 gallons of water per cycle. By switching to an energy-efficient model, an annual savings of $35 a year can be realized by the average family.

There's actually a wide range of Energy Star-certified products available that can save you money on utility costs and help conserve water and electricity. In addition to washers, dryers, and dishwashers, other energy-efficient appliances include dehumidifiers, refrigerators, freezers, air purifiers, water heaters, heating and cooling equipment, computers, televisions, pool pumps, and much more. Energy efficiency -- or a lack, thereof -- is one factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace old appliances, HVAC systems, or plumbing fixtures in your home.

Not only will you save money when your home is operating efficiently, but you'll enjoy the satisfaction that comes with minimizing waste and making the most of natural resources.


1042 Arrowhead Lane, Union, MO 63084  

Residential
$204,900
Price
10
Total Rooms
4
Bedrooms
3
Baths
This one owner ranch home in St. Andrews Place is looking for new owners! This home welcomes you with a lovely entry hall with coat closet and an arched doorway into the living room. The living room has vaulted ceiling and opens to the breakfast room. The kitchen offers ample counter space, pantry, breakfast bar and new tile floor. French doors welcome you to the spacious master bedroom which features a walk-in closet and bath with double sinks and a separate garden tub and shower. There are two additional bedrooms, a hall bath and main floor laundry. The walk-out lower level offers a 4th bedroom, bath and partially finished family room. Fresh paint, new deck with stairs, new garage door and beautiful landscaping are just a few of the updates this home offers!


1355 Southwinds, Washington, MO 63090  

Residential
$65,000
Price
8
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Charming Condo to call your own! Simple and efficient home deceives from the road but boasts a finished lower level with bathroom. Open Living floorplan uses the breakfast area to pull together the kitchen and living space. One Master bedroom and a formal dining and a full bath. In the lower level, you'll find a long recreational / familyl area with 1 office 1 sleeping room or den. Laundry Room next to another full bath in the lower level. Outdoor patio space is very inviting and to think you can get your piece of land for less than monthly rent! Call today! Being Sold As IS.



This listing recently sold for $145,000.

2390 Diederich Road, Berger, MO 63014  

Residential
$165,000
Price
$145,000
Sale Price
10
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
A little bit of country. 15 acres m/l, Open and wooded, pond, detached garage 30X48 with workshop and storage, 2 decks, plenty of space in the manufactured home 1765 sq.ft., Master Suite, Living room, Family room w/ wood stove, Sunroom to watch the birds, Great Kitchen with plenty of cabinet and counter top space, Dining room, Walk-in closet in Master, Master bath with tub and shower, and laundry room. This is a must see. Call today!


Stunning Craftsman Ranch with large, well landscaped lot on cul du sac. Craftsman is most desirable style for this decade. From custom wood trim, solid wood doors, beautiful hardwood floors, Pella windows, accent stonework, built-in cabinets, & unique finishes on walls, EVERY DETAIL in this home captures that architectural vision. Over 5000sqft of living space with 4 bedrooms, 4 Full & 3 half baths, this Open Concept home boasts attention to detail while every room remains warm & inviting. Custom kitchen with 6 burner gas stove, walk-in pantry & granite counters opens to both Great room & Hearth room which feature fireplaces. Large deck & screened in porch off Hearth. Stunning T-staircase leads to lower level with atrium landing with heated floors, Family Room, Custom Bar, 2 bedroom suites, & unfinished storage space. Lower level walks out to large patio & fire pit area. 9ft ceilings on Main & 12ft ceilings in Lower. Over-sized 3 car garage & geothermal heating/cooling. Must-See Home!

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