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Buying a Home

A Guide to Our Free Homebuyer Guides

July 26, 2016
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At Richmond American, we love helping new homebuyers attain the dream of homeownership. And with nearly 40 years in the industry, we’ve learned a thing or two about the process! Perhaps you’re just beginning your house hunt, or maybe you’ve already decided on a floor plan and community. Regardless of your stage in the homebuying process, we have compiled worksheets, tools and checklists to assist you along the way. Check out (and download!) our series of FREE guides, designed to help homebuyers stay organized, informed…

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Conserving Water Around the House

June 7, 2016

What do water and your money have in common? Simple: they’re both valuable resources worth protecting. For any homeowner, conserving one to save the other amounts to a surefire win-win. Check out these water-saving tips to give a boost to the environment and maybe even your pocket book!   Indoor conservation: Install WaterSense® labeled products The EPA’s WaterSense® program vets and labels products designed to reduce the amount of water used in your home—everything from sprinkler controllers to low-flush toilets to water-efficient showerheads. WaterSense® labeled…

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How Your Energy Bill Could Help You Save

October 16, 2014

How often do you look at your energy bill? If your interest stops at AMOUNT DUE, you may be missing out on some ways to save energy and money. Energy bill basics Each utility company has its own way of invoicing you, but here are some fairly universal points you’ll find on most energy bills: Meter readings. You should see a current estimated or actual meter reading and a reading for the previous month. The difference between the two numbers is your energy usage for…

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3 Tips for Keeping an Energy-efficient House This Winter

December 17, 2013

Falling temperatures don’t have to send your energy costs skyward. Use these simple energy conservation techniques to keep your home comfortable and penny-wise all winter long. 1. Cover (or replace) drafty windows. If you don’t have low-e, high-performance windows, you may have a not-so-slow leak in your heating budget—as much as 25% of your bill. What’s the difference? The multi-pane glass and low-emissivity coatings used in energy-efficient windows help keep heat inside your home in winter and solar gain out in summer. What you’ll need:…

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8 Ways to Winterize Your Home

September 25, 2012

When the summer air begins to cool down, it’s time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Winterizing can keep your home running efficiently and save on heating costs. Get started today with these helpful tips: 1. Service your furnace. Leaky ducts and vents are big energy drainers. Have your furnace serviced by a professional at least once a year. Also remember to change air filters regularly to maintain air quality and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. Is your HVAC the…

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