Beat the Heat: Tips to Save on Utilities this Summer

The Central Valley heat is here. If you live in a De Young SmartHome, you are enjoying the control, convenience, comfort and efficiency that’s built into each and every home and the heat might not be noticeable. If you don’t live in a De Young SmartHome, don’t sweat it (see what we did there?), here are a few tips to beat the heat and save on your utility bills this summer.

1. Close Your Blinds

As simple as it may seem, closing your blinds will help keep the cool air in and the hot sun out. For those of you who enjoy natural light, pick a select few to keep open but try to avoid western-facing windows.

2. Be AC Smart

Summer time means summer activities and being out of the house. If you own a two story home and no one is frequenting the upstairs, turn the AC off. When you return home, turn the AC on once you go back upstairs. There’s no reason to have the AC on if no one is benefiting from it! Also as a general rule, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature. If it’s getting warm, turn on a fan or eat a popsicle. ‘Tis summer season!

3. Take Advantage of Summer Nights

Here in Fresno and Clovis, we are lucky to have cool summer nights. Once the sun goes down, the temperature drops and the air can feel quite refreshing. Take advantage of the cool air and open your windows at night. This way, cool air can come in and keep your home cooler longer into the morning. Now, you don’t have to turn on the AC until later in the day! When you wake up in the morning, just remember to close the windows before the temperature start rising.

4. Shut the Door Behind You

With kids running in and out of the house, the door is sometimes forgotten. Remind the youngsters to close the door behind them. You can also use this tip when bringing groceries in from the car. It may be less convenient to close it each time you come in and out, but you will appreciate it later!

5. Hang Dry

Take advantage of the dry spell and install an outdoor clothesline to hang your laundry in the summer sun. This will save you money on electricity by skipping the dryer and give your sheets a nice outdoor smell. It’s a win-win!

6. Hit the Lights

When you aren’t in a room, be sure to turn the lights off. This will not only help with saving electricity, but it will also keep the room cooler. You’d be amazed at how much heat lights can put out!

 

7. Fans! Fans! Fans!

That’s right; fans are a great alternative to air-conditioning. Plus, it’s cheaper! Throw on the ceiling fans and get a couple portable fans and you’re good to go.

8. Disconnect unused appliances

Though you may not be using the appliance, electricity is still being consumed because it’s plugged in. If you have a coffee maker or other appliances that don’t have to be plugged in 24/7, unplug it!

9. Use Sprinklers Sparingly

Fresno and Clovis homes are asked to run on a sprinkler schedule in order to help save water during the summer months. Not only does this benefit the city, but it benefits your water consumption! Follow the schedule of even-numbered homes on Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays, and odd-numbered homes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays.

10. Turn Off the Hose

Kids love running through the large sprinklers attached to the hose, or just spraying each other with the hose! Be sure to remind your kids to turn off the hose when they are no longer using it.

11. Avoid Running Water

During the summer, it doesn’t take the water heater very long to warm up. This means your shower will be hot in no time! Do your best to not let the water run for too long before getting into the shower, while washing dishes, or when you brush your teeth. These small habits will make a positive impact on your water usage.

12. For Pool Owners

Pools are, hands down, used most during the summer. With use comes the necessity to run the cleaner. Do yourself a favor and set the pool sweep to run on a scheduled time each day. This way you know that your pool is getting cleaned and you don’t accidentally run the pool sweep and use the water pump more than once a day.

 

With these tips, you are now ready to conquer the heat and save on your utilities.

To learn more about the advanced building science and technology built into every De Young SmartHome, visit a De Young Welcome Center today!

6 Redecorating Tips To Consider For A Kid-Friendly Home

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As the kids are heading back to school, you can now sit back and reflect of all of the fun you had at home this past summer. Your days were full of laughter, activities, maybe a spill or two on the couch but worth every memory.  Now that your house will go back to having quiet days, you might consider doing a few home decorating updates – while still being kid-friendly.

1. Double Duty

While you are furniture shopping, look for pieces that can be used in more than one way. For instance, ottomans with storage inside, side tables and beds with drawers for storage are all great duel-purpose furniture pieces. This way you can combat the overflow of kid’s toys and excessive amount of blankets lying around, which can turn into tripping hazards.

 2. Not Too Leggy

At some point in the day, the kids are running around the house. Avoid the possibility of furniture being knocked over by purchasing pieces that are heavier and low to the ground, with small legs. Pieces with long legs are easier to tip over and can fall on a child. This will also help with avoiding stubbed toes. Those are never fun!

 

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3. Stain Free

When selecting your new couch, choose fabrics that are easy to remove stains from. Whether its juice, crayons, markers, dirt, or something else, things are bound to spill or leave a mark. Linen fabric works well to resist stains, along with leather, ultra-suede and performance velvet.

 4. Safe Accessories

No matter how many times we remind our kids not to throw things in the house, it can still happen. For living areas that are used more frequently or where there might be a flying Frisbee, choose accessories that aren’t breakable and are safe for small children to grab. Move all of your fragile accessories to rooms that the children don’t frequent as much, such as your bedroom or the office.

5. Slip and Slide

For those of you who have wood floors or tile, choose rugs that are heavier or have a good underside grip. This will keep your kids from slipping on the rugs when they come running through the house during a game of tag. Also choose rugs that are forgiving and easy to clean. Avoid silks and viscose, and go for the Persian and natural fiber rugs.

6. Safety checks

While you are redecorating, you can also use this time for organization. Check that the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and make sure all medications and any house cleaners are stored properly and out of reach for children.

 

We hope that you have fun redecorating and organizing during the day and enjoy playing Frisbee (outside) with the kids in the evenings.

 

Author: Ashley De Young

Summertime Maintenance–Prepping for Fall

We are all familiar with spring cleaning, but have you heard of summer cleaning? With the heat on its way and our summer days winding down, there is a whole list of projects that you can do to better prep your home before fall is here.

1. Have a clear view

Kids love to play outside during the summer. Take an afternoon to clean your windows so you can keep an eye on the little ones and have a great view of the bright summer colors. Make it a fun activity with your children and keeping each other cool during the process with the bucket of water. Who doesn’t love to play with water in the summer heat?

 

2. Keep the dust away

Avoid spreading dust throughout the home by cleaning your vents and fans. Here are a couple key areas to consider –

  • One appliance that becomes especially dusty is the ceiling fan blades. Attach a dryer sheet to a paint roller with rubber bands to roll the dust away!

 

  • You might not notice the bathroom vents but they are there and buildup can make them noisy and inefficient. Be sure to clean these to avoid the possibility of getting mold in the bathroom! If you are able to remove the vent screen, take down, vacuum, rinse and replace. If you are unable to remove, take a handheld vacuum up to the vent and remove any dust.

3. Outside tune ups

Take a look around your backyard and see what needs a little extra work.

  • You may be interested in barbecuing this summer, so cleaning your outdoor cooker would be recommended.

 

  • If you have a wood deck in your backyard, do a quick inspection to make sure there aren’t any loose boards or nails sticking up. It’s never pleasant stepping on a nail! Also check if your deck needs to be resealed. Pour water on the boards and if the water beads up, you’re good to go. If it soaks in, it’s time to reseal.

 

  • For those of you with porches, take some time to sweep and then mop with all-purpose cleaner. Every porch deserves a little polish!

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4. Time for a check-up

Over time, some household appliances need to be checked to make sure they are working properly.

  • Starting inside, check your smoke detectors to make sure that they are still functioning correctly. It may be time to switch the batteries out.

 

  • Check the bathroom walls around the bath and shower for mold. Sometimes hot winter showers can create moisture build-up in the walls, creating mold. Also check the sinks for any dripping from the head and from underneath.

 

  • Head out into the halls and inspect the vent filters. You want your AC to work to its fullest potential and clean vent filters will help! It is recommended for these to be replaced every 3 months.

 

  • Check your hoses and exterior faucets for leaks. Even a small, slow drip can add up to a big waste of water.

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Utilize these tips to get your home summer ready. With a more clean and efficient home, you will be able to enjoy the last month of summer knowing that your home is in tip-top shape!

Author: Ashley De Young

Another for the Shelf: DeYoung Wins the 2017 Avid Benchmark Award

Another for the Shelf: DeYoung Wins the 2017 Avid Benchmark Award

De Young Properties - AVID Benchmark Award 2017

We are excited to announce that De Young has brought home the 2017 Avid Benchmark Award, recognizing our top-notch scores in customer home-buying experience satisfaction.

Making sure our customers have the best home buying experience is part of our mission. Being recognized for it is just the icing on the cake. This award puts us in the top 25% of the Avid nationwide database, which includes 1,445 qualified homebuyers, that keeps track of New Home Move In Experience™ surveys. These surveys are given to new homebuyers, who fill them out and send them in between purchase and 90 days of owning their home, telling Avid all about their home buying experience.

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To win this award, we owe a monumental thanks to our amazing customers for proving to us that we made the De Young Difference in your home buying experience. As always, we continue striving to make sure that every De Young homeowner has the best home buying experience possible.
But don’t just take our word for it! Hear what our customers are saying that makes us beam with pride to take home this award:
A recent De Young Properties homebuyer in Trailside commented: “From the first person I met, who was Eric, I have been continually impressed by the level of genuine kindness and professionalism by each person we have come into contact with. I know my needs are being considered in all De Young does. They have helped me make decisions that are right for my family regarding home features and upgrades. Petra, Emily, and Casey are also worthy of a kind word since they have also been extremely helpful to my family and I. I have spoken to several friends and family members about how wonderfully consistent De Young is with their level of service.”

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Another recent De Young Properties homebuyer in Trailside said: “They were so amazing to work with. Did everything on our time. Everything was an easy process.”
And a final comment from a De Young Properties homebuyer in Loma Vista: “The staff are outstanding!”

Another huge thank you to our amazing homebuyers for helping us bring home this awesome award!

Interested in making a De Young home your own and experiencing the De Young Difference for yourself? Visit one of our Welcome Centers today – you won’t be disappointed.

Author: Paula De Young

 

New De Young Welcome Center Now Open!

We’re excited to announce our newest De Young Welcome Center, located at Leonard and Dakota, south of Ashlan in Clovis!
Our Leonard Welcome Center is located in the De Young Trailside at Loma Vista community. Our sales team is here daily, come visit us to learn more about what makes De Young and this community so special, we’re open until 6pm!

When you visit, you won’t just learn about our floorplans, you’ll learn about the De Young Difference:
Don’t miss your chance to live at De Young Trailside at Loma Vista, visit us today at the new De Young Leonard Welcome Center on Leonard and Dakota, South of Ashlan in Clovis!

Author, Ashley De Young

 

Celebrate De Young Properties Day With Us!

Time to CELEBRATE a special occasion! Watch the video below to learn what we’re celebrating today.

In honor of “De Young Properties Day”, as proclaimed by the City of Fresno on July 21, 2011, today we’d like to celebrate this anniversary by thanking each and every one of our valued homeowners!

It’s our passion to build quality crafted, energy efficient homes for our customers to enjoy for generations to come. Visit a De Young Welcome Center today in Clovis on Armstrong, South of Gettysburg or on Leonard and Dakota (South of Ashlan) to learn more about our De Young SmartHomes!

Author, Ryan De Young

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Welcomes Bosch Appliances to the Family!

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Welcomes Bosch Appliances to the Family

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Welcomes Bosch Appliances to the Family!

Construction is underway for the 11th Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home by De Young Properties and we understand the importance of valued trade partners and business affiliates. We are excited to welcome Bosch home appliances to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway family as they have committed to be a national sponsor for this amazing cause.
Bosch joins BRIZO, Shaw Floors and TRANE as national suppliers for the St. Jude Dream Home campaign. From our De Young team, thank you for your support!

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Welcomes Bosch Appliances to the Family!

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway announces:

Bosch home appliances is honored to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as a national sponsor for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway® program. As the first appliance brand to partner with St. Jude on a national level, Bosch will provide its high-quality appliances to complete the kitchens in the St. Jude Dream Home houses.

 

“Bosch Home Appliances and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital share a strong commitment to improving lives and we’re very passionate about this partnership,” said Anja Prescher, director of brand marketing for Bosch. “With our ‘Invented for Life’ cornerstone, Bosch is committed to enhancing lives through the high quality, performance and innovation of our appliances. Our partnership with St. Jude continues to build upon this commitment and we are delighted to support St. Jude in their quest to help find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Welcomes Bosch Appliances to the Family!

Beginning July 2017, a full suite of sleek Bosch appliances—from cooking appliances to refrigeration, laundry pairs and dishwashers—will be included in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway houses in various cities across the United States. Each Dream Home Giveaway ticket costs $100, with all proceeds going directly to support the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Because of programs like the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

2017 St Jude Dream Home

For more information about the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, please visit www.stjude.org/dreamhome.

Tickets for this year’s St. Jude Dream Home will be available starting in August and the home will be open for tours at the end of September. Over the last 10 years, with the support of the community, trade partners, business affiliates and volunteers, we have successfully raised over $9.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We hope to have another great campaign again this year so don’t forget to buy your ticket! The winner will be announced on FOX26 on November 5, 2017.
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Author: Paula De Young

De Young Properties Honored With Best of Clovis Award Recognition!

De Young Properties Honored With Best of Clovis Award Recognition!

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Exciting news – De Young Properties has been named a Best New Home Builder for The Fresno Bee’s annual Best of Clovis contest. We would like to thank the community for their vote!
We are honored and humbled when we are recognized for our innovation, industry leadership, and philanthropic efforts as they are nice reminders of our hard work and dedication. More importantly, this award represents our commitment to quality and value in every one of our homes.

De Young Properties is a proud new home builder in Clovis. Find the De Young community that fits your lifestyle! De Young Trailside, located in east Clovis, easily accommodates every phase of life. With parks located within the community and easy access to nearby parks and walking trials, outdoor living is a breeze. If that’s not enough, a top education center is located just down the street. Let’s not forget that the De Young SmartHome works together to improve efficiency, security, financial control and quality of life. De Young Trailside… a special place, naturally connected.

Additionally, De Young Properties is currently selling their stylish, Move-In Ready Model Homes located within Clovis with numerous features, mature landscaping, De Young SmartHome technology, Clovis Unified School District, as well as the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship that you expect in a De Young home.

One of the available Move-In Ready Model Homes is a Zero Energy Home, which means it is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes each year, which also zeroes it energy-related carbon impact on the environment. This home supports the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan that will eventually require all new homes in California to be Zero Energy. With this home, you can live in tomorrow’s home, today!
To learn more about De Young Properties and our communities within Clovis, California, please visit a Welcome Center.

Thank you again for your support!

Author: Paula De Young

 

Summer Lovin’ Grilled Corn Recipe Using Fresno State Sweet Corn!

De Young Properties Summer Lovin’ Grilled Corn Adapted recipe and photo from Culinary Ginger Summer Lovin’ Grilled Corn

Ingredients

  • 1 bulb garlic, very top cut off to expose cloves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ears of sweet corn, we recommend Fresno State Sweet Corn; husks pulled back or removed
  • 3 tablespoons plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat grill on high
  2. Drizzle the garlic bulb with oil and wrap in aluminum foil
  3. Brush 3 tablespoons of butter all over corn ears
  4. Add the garlic to the grill 20-25 minutes before the corn
  5. Add the cobs to the grill and grill until each side gets a nice char, turning often and checking so they don’t burn
  6. Remove both the corn and the garlic
  7. Cover the corn with foil to keep warm while you prepare the butter
  8. Open the foil to allow the garlic to cool so you can handle it.
  9. In a bowl, add the remaining 4 tablespoons softened butter, the cooled garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mash and mix well.
  10. To a shallow bowl add the Parmesan cheese and basil, mix well.
  11. Spread the butter all over the corn cobs, then sprinkle on the Parmesan and basil.
  12. Enjoy!

Adapted recipe and photo from Culinary Ginger

Have Fun with Dad this Father’s Day – 7 Suggestions to Help Celebrate!

Who’s the man? Dad’s the man! This weekend, celebrate Father’s Day with the man who does it all. From jazz music to a Grizzlies’ game, you’re sure to find something happening in the Fresno and Clovis area that your father will enjoy!

1. Father’s Day Blues Fest

Treat your Dad to an afternoon of Blues at the 8th annual Tower District Father’s Day Blues Festival on Sunday, June 18 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz on the Saint Therese Church Lawn on Floradora & Maroa avenues in the Tower District.

 

2. Father’s Day Run/Walk

Come celebrate Fresno’s 51st Father’s Day Run/Walk with your dad! The event will be held on Sunday, June 18, at Woodward Park, with a 2 Mile Run/Walk at 8 a.m., followed by a 6 mile run at 8:30 a.m. All ages are welcome! Click here to sign up.

 

3. Virtual Father’s Day SUPER Dad 5K!

From Saturday, June 3 to Friday, June 30, complete a 5K with your dad on your own time! This virtual race will be raising funds for SOLES 4 SOULS, an organization dedicated to providing shoes and clothing to people around the world. Sign up now and receive your medal in the mail after completion!

 

4. Fresno Grizzlies’ Game

Take him out to the ball game! Watch the Fresno Grizzlies play El Paso on Saturday, June 17 at 7:05 p.m. or Sunday, June 18 at 5:05 p.m. There’s nothing like sharing a large bag of peanuts with Dad.

5. San Joaquin River Parkway

Is your father a fan of the outdoors? San Joaquin River Parkways offers 15 parks, trails and river access points for you to visit with your dad. From Friant Cove to Sycamore Island, you’re bound to find an outdoor adventure that your father would enjoy.

 

6. Father’s Day Fundamental Ground Grappling for Self Defense

What better way to start your morning out than grappling with your dad? Drop by the Fresno School of Self Defense from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn the fundamentals of ground grappling. All you have to do is sign up!

7. Visit a De Young Welcome Center!

You may be wondering why Dad would want to visit our Welcome Center for Father’s Day, but trust us, he’ll appreciate what we have to offer! De Young Properties provides open floorplans, gourmet kitchens and spacious backyards. Additionally, there are plenty of ways for dad to personalize his floorplan to his lifestyle including a 3-car super garage with extra storage for a workshop; 4-car garage to park the boat; multiple dens, lofts and bonus rooms that can be used as a man cave, sports room or private office; oversized Great Rooms for hosting Super Bowl parties; and wrap around porches perfect for hosting summer barbeques. There is no doubt that dad will be happy with his gift this year. Swing by a Welcome Center to learn more about these floorplans!

From all of us at De Young Properties, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Photo Credit:

(1) Barstool Sports, (2) Run Sign Up, (3) Fresno Grizzlies