Magnetic Refrigerators
Magnetic Refrigerators
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold, also known as the magnetocaloric effect (lowering or raising the temperature of the material by changing the magnetic field).
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Office is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30 percent.
Clothes Dryers
Clothes Dryers
The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying.
Smarter, More Connected Homes
Smarter, More Connected Homes
We live in an increasingly connected world -- the same is true for our homes. New electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower energy use.
Next-Gen Insulation
Next-Gen Insulation
Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Advanced Window Controls
Advanced Window Controls
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Reflective Roofing Materials
Reflective Roofing Materials
Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and PPG Industries that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.

Energy-Saving Solutions

From heating and cooling to electronics and appliances, it takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives. Our homes use 37 percent more energy today than they did in 1980. But without energy efficiency -- through technology innovation and federal energy conservation standards -- this number would be a lot higher. In fact, even though our total energy use has grown, our energy use per household is down about 10 percent, despite that our homes are larger and contain more devices.

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21 March 2019

7 Tips To Selling a Home When You Have Pets

We love our pets! Many people consider them furry, feathered, or finned family members. They live with us and are a huge part of our lives. However, selling a home that pets have lived in can become complicated. Pets leave...

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We love our pets! Many people consider them furry, feathered, or finned family members. They live with us and are a huge part of our lives. However, selling a home that pets have lived in can become complicated. Pets leave...

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We love our pets! Many people consider them furry, feathered, or finned family members. They live with us and are a huge part of our lives. However, selling a home that pets have lived in can become complicated. Pets leave a definite presence in the form of odors, damage, and territorial behaviors. Even other people with pets might not appreciate your pets, and this can bring down the selling price of your home.

There are ways to get around this and make the sale comfortable for both the pets and the prospective buyers. Here are 7 things you can do to help sell a home with pets.

Schedule Viewings Strategically

One way you can reduce your pets’ presence when showing your home is to schedule your showings in a way that gives you time to get them out of the house. You can leave your pet with friends, neighbors, and family living close by, or perhaps you can board them in a kennel. Scheduling viewings in blocks can reduce any costs or inconvenience associated with moving your pets. With the pets out of the house, you can also clean up toys, litter boxes, cages, and any mess your pets might have left in the yard.

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Your Pets Leave a Mark

Many pets leave behind odors you may be desensitized to, such as “dog” or “cat” smell. Even aquarium and tank animals, like fish, turtles or lizards, leave behind distinctive odors. Paws might do damage to hardwood, linoleum, or tile floors, and even walls and staircases might have scratches. Outdoors, pets might have dug holes or left waste in the yard. A great way to test for this is to have a friend or family member who doesn’t have any pets come over and give your home a “sniff test,” pointing out any signs your pet may leave.

Communicate Everything

Good communication with your agent is vital to any home sale, but selling a home with pets has special necessities. Your real estate agent should be informed about everything regarding your pets, especially pets that roam the house. They should be told what pets you have and what they look like – pictures can help greatly. They should also be warned of any hazards, such as cats that like to escape or dogs that may be territorial. If your pets need to be removed from the home before showings, you need an agent who is going to contact you with enough lead time to have things ready.

Professional Deep Clean

Most of us can clean a home but do not have the experience necessary to give it a truly deep clean. There are a lot of reasons to hire professionals if you are trying to sell a home with pets. Professionals can eliminate odors and hair or dander that your pets leave behind in carpets, floors, and walls. Outdoor pets may do damage to yards as well as leave waste outside, which both looks and smells really bad. Pests associated with pets, such as fleas and mites, need to be exterminated before you can even show the house.

Check Your Vents

If you have pets, your home ventilation system has almost certainly collected dander and animal hair. Central air works by circulating air through the home. Dust and hair get caught in the filtration system, and pet owners know these filters need to be replaced more often than in homes without pets. However, when selling your home, changing the filter on your ventilation system is only the beginning. Cleaning the whole thing is recommended to ensure there is nothing left behind.

Check Your Insurance

Every homeowner with pets should have an insurance policy in case the pets injury visitors or damage their property. Especially if you are allowing showings while your pets are in the home, it is important to check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered in case of accidents involving your pets. Dogs might bite, cats might scratch, residual dander could set off allergies, and any number of other unexpected calamities could happen. That’s why your home is insured to begin with, and familiarizing yourself with your policy when you sell your home is solid advice even if you move your pets out before you even show it to buyers.

Move Them Out

The most surefire way to reduce the impact of your pets on your selling price is to move them out ahead of time. This gives you time to do everything else before you even show visitors. Many pet owners don’t like this option, but there are plenty of ways both pets and their owners can get through the sale. Moving in advance is one way, but if you can’t afford that, you can send them to stay with a friend or family member until the home is sold.

Selling a Home

Having pets living with you doesn’t mean you won’t sell your home or that you have to accept a lowball offer. You can enjoy your pets and still get top dollar for your home if you follow the tips above. Pet owners do a lot of things differently from people who don’t have pets, and selling a home is another example of how we work to incorporate our pets into our lives.

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