Energy costs may not be skyrocketing as quickly as some other costs, but Vemtura County property owners continue to watch incoming utility bills with a wary eye. It’s only natural: they remember sudden energy price leaps in the past. One of the ripple effects of high energy prices is the possible impact on anyone planning a future sale of their own property in Leisure Village. Canny prospects are likely to demand to examine past utility bills — sometimes going back for a year or two. As we encounter cooler weather, that’s why it’s doubly important to keep a lid on gas and electricity bills. Some of these steps you can take are easy to accomplish…and all too easy to forget! Most experts recommend setting the water heater thermostat between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, with the exact setting dependent upon your area’s microclimate, Leisure Village property type, and your particular household’s requirements. The goal here is to avoid sustaining temperatures above the 140-degree mark — which would be sure to add digits to this winter’s energy bill. Now is the time to take an inspection walk around your property on the lookout for leaks, be they toilets, pipes or faucets. It’s easy to do a double-check, too: just keep an eye on your meter over a two-hour period when there is no water use (this idea comes from Mark LeChevallier of American Water). If you spot activity, you may need to do more active detective work. Clogged air filters are more serious than most would think: they can burden mechanical systems — not only boosting energy costs, but eventually damaging the mechanicals behind them. Failing to replace filters causes dryers, heaters, AC units, etc., to run longer. It’s easy to picture what the impact on the monthly energy tab can be. Being able to produce low energy bills is just one way to help prospective buyers see the wisdom of buying your Leisure Village property. If you are considering selling your own property in Leisure Village anytime in the future, now is the time to make a few changes. Call me to discuss other prudent long-term marketing positioning.