Louisville Happy Homes Real Estate Blog by Kristin Lally, Realtor

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Continue your home search while keeping it safe

New listings are hitting the market every day. If you happen to see a home for sale that interests you but are currently observing social distance, let me do a video walk-thru with you.


Watch from the comfort of your own home on your mobile device or laptop while keeping yourself and others safe.

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's a family favorite that we make around this time every year. It goes great with Irish Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage. Enjoy!

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
4 cups of flour plus a small amount for dusting
2 teaspoons of Sea Salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 375° F

Add all dry ingredients to mixer on medium speed to combine. Slowly add the milk, a little at a time, until the dough is soft but not sticky. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and knead dough for three minutes by hand until smooth and elastic. Grease a baking sheet and shape the dough into a round loaf. Slash a cross shape on top of the loaf with a razor blade or very sharp knife. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool thoroughly.

Sláinte!

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