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A Home’s Style Can Contribute to it’s Overall Energy Efficiency ... or Inefficiency

A Home’s Style Can Contribute to it’s Overall Energy Efficiency ... or Inefficiency

Colonial, split level, ranch, cape. These are just some of the popular housing styles you’ll find around Western New York. But do you know which one of these styles is typically least energy efficient?

If you guessed the Cape Cod style, you’re correct! And if you’re currently living in a Cape Cod, don’t lose hope as there are many ways to improve your home’s efficiencies.

What Levels of Efficiency Should Accompany Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units?

What Levels of Efficiency Should Accompany Your Heating and Air Conditioning Units?

While the weather in Western New York can be unpredictable at times, there’s no doubt that we truly get to experience all four seasons and the weather patterns that accompany them. And when it comes to heating and cooling systems, homeowners are often left with a fairly complicated question: high-efficiency, low efficiency or something in between? 

If you were living in the near constant heat of Miami or Dallas, for example, you would likely purchase a high-efficiency air conditioning unit and a lower-efficiency heating unit based on the simple fact that the air conditioning unit will likely be running year round. But what about a climate such as Western New York, where temperatures can fluctuate pretty dramatically, in some cases day to day or even hour to hour?

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Olear Team Plans Informational Seminars for Older Adults and Caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker and member of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will present two educational seminars at Crestmount Senior Apartments, 285 Crestmount Ave., Tonawanda, in May and June.

The seminars are open to the community and focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. 

The seminars will be held on the following dates:
May 14 at 11 a.m.
June 11 at 11 a.m.
To register, please contact the Olear Team today at (716) 880-4442 or info@olear.com.

Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

Replacing Your Home's Windows is Not Always Cut and Dry

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home and make it more energy efficient in the process, you may want to start with your windows. But before you sign on the dotted line with a contractor, there are a few things to consider to ensure that you’re making a wise investment.

First, be aware that window quality and installation techniques differ from contractor to contractor. For example, it will pay to know the difference between dual pane, triple pane, argon gas and Low-E glass. What is going to be the best combination for your specific situation?

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Elmwood Village Farmers Market to Welcome 18th Season on Saturday, May 7

Several new vendors, talented local entertainers, community group informational tables, three KidBiz appearances and two Wellness Lanes will highlight a fun-filled 2016 season at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 7, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 26. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

The market will once again start the season on the east side of Elmwood Avenue for the first four to six weeks before moving across the street to its usual location on the west side of Elmwood Avenue. This has become an annual practice for the purpose of grass recovery.

The List names Elmwood Village Farmers Market as One of the Nation’s Best

The List names Elmwood Village Farmers Market as One of the Nation’s Best

TheListTV.com, a national Emmy Award-winning show “where pop culture takes a need-to-know twist,” released a story and video this week that lists Buffalo’s Elmwood Village Farmers Market among the top five farmers’ markets in the country!

Produced by Brian Corsetti, the story also includes markets in San Diego, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Boulder. 

“Considered by many to be the best in Western New York, all their vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves. No middlemen are involved,” Corsetti wrote about the local market. The video, titled “5 Legendary Farmers Markets Across America,” leads off with the Elmwood Village Farmers Market and can be found at www.thelisttv.com/the-list/5-legendary-farmers-markets-across-america

Shoppers to Connect with Artisans at 22nd Annual Springtime in the Country

Shoppers to Connect with Artisans at 22nd Annual Springtime in the Country

Celebrating 22 years of fine art and artisans, Springtime in the Country returns to the Event Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. The market gives shoppers a unique opportunity to connect with artisans from across the nation, learn about their considerable talents and purchase an exciting variety of handmade items.

This year’s edition of Springtime in the Country features garden art, metalworks, women’s fashion, original wall art, custom furniture, designer jewelry, home décor, spa quality bath and beauty products, gourmet foods, children’s toys, pottery and so much more. Springtime in the Country is the perfect destination for gift buying or simply to indulge yourself while celebrating the end of winter!