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In The Know: Earth Day, April 22
Most people don’t really know a lot about Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events are held in over 192 countries to show support for environmental protection. Whether you want to save the Earth, or simply save some money, Homeway Homes can help you with both.
Homeway Homes is a leader in energy efficiency, not only with the materials we use but our construction methods as well. We have developed our own Energy Strength Spray Foam System giving our homes a HERS Index rating of under 50 where the typical new home rates around 100 and existing homes around 130. Bottom line is with our homes, you use less energy which means you save more over the life of your home.
We are also the #1 builder for the ActOnEnergy program for Ameren Illinois utility company for the past 3 out of 5 years. To top it off, our Construction Facility utilizes smart construction techniques that save time and build stronger homes with less waste.
To learn more about our energy program, visit www.homewayhomes.com/knowledge-base/energy-information
In The Know: Getting Your Home "Spring" Ready
Old Man Winter was pretty tame this year...
But now that the outside is starting to wake up from it’s long winter nap, there are a few things you should do to prevent extra work and worse yet, costly damage:
• Take a look at your shingles. Missing or damaged shingles can lead to water leaks and internal structural damage. These should be replaced as soon as possible. Flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys should be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.
• Check and clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters can not only cause roof leaks and foundation leaks, but can also start pulling away from your house from the added weight. Clean out any debris and caulk any leaking joints to properly move the water away from your house. Replace any missing downspouts and point them several feet away from the foundation to prevent water running down the foundation wall and into your basement or crawlspace.
• Move Firewood away from your home. During the winter, having a good supply of wood for your fireplace nearby was convenient. Now, as it’s warming up and you aren’t using the wood on a regular basis, consider moving it away from the house to prevent termites from moving in.
• Check and service your AC unit. After sitting dormant for the winter, older air conditioners can have trouble starting up for the season. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the unit. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, change it now and add a reminder in your calendar for every month. A clogged filter makes the unit run harder and less efficiently.
You might also visit www.homewayhomes.com/knowledge-base/energy-information. With our homes, you use less energy, which means you save more over the life of your home.
In The Know: Construction Facility Tours
Come out and take a tour!
If you’re thinking about building a new home or just a construction enthusiast, consider joining us at our Construction Facility for a tour to see how our homes are built.
From start to finish, we’ve developed an efficient and cost-effective building process that is sure to fascinate everyone in your group. Tours are available every Saturday at 1pm at our Deer Creek facility. No need to make appointments, just show up. Tours take about an hour.
For more information about our tours visit www.homewayhomes.com/knowledge-base/construction-facility
In The Know: Don’t Forget to “Spring” Forward!
March 16th is the date for this year’s Spring time change. The good news is that we are that much closer to Spring and the warmer temperatures it inevitably brings.
This is a great time to come visit one of our Model Home Centers in Goodfield, Springfield or Galesburg. There you can walk through a completed Homeway Home and talk to our New Home Consultants who can show you how easy it is to customize any one of our floorplans.
The bad news is, unfortunately we lose an hour of sleep when the time changes. But you won’t lose any sleep worrying when you build with Homeway Homes.
In The Know: Come see us at the Home Show
Once again Homeway Homes is excited to take part in the Official Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center. That’s because we will, again, build one of our homes inside the Civic Center Exhibit Hall for event attendees to tour.
This year, however, will be different. This year we are debuting a new floorplan, the Sienna.
When you walk in, you will immediately see a grand entry foyer, with an arched doorway leading into a warm and inviting living room. And that will be only the first of many great first impressions you will have in this two-bedroom, two-bath Craftsman-style home.
The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria. Show hours are 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets are $7 at the door, with 18 and under admitted free. Seniors are admitted at half price. Tickets may be purchased at the Civic Center box office. You can also visit any area CEFCU Member Center and pick up a "buy one, get one" coupon.