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10 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bills

Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Celebrate National Cut Your Energy Costs Day on January 10 in West Virginia and Virginia.

January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.  In our last blog, we discovered ways Staunton home buyers use to save energy and money in their living spaces.  Ahead, our REALTORS® explore how homeowners throughout West Virginia and Virginia save energy in their homes too.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat
    A programmable thermostat allows you to set your heater or air conditioner to operate less when you're away from home or asleep and to run more when you're headed home or close to waking up. This helps make your home more comfortable while not wasting energy.
  2. Use a ceiling fan
    A ceiling fan can help lower energy costs in both summer and winter, but it should only be left running if someone's in the room because it doesn't heat or cool the room itself but instead makes the people in it feel cooler or warmer. Switch it to run clockwise in the winter at its lowest speed so it pulls cool air toward the ceiling and pushes the warm air down toward the floor. The fan should run counterclockwise in the summer so it pushes cooler air downward.
  3. Replace your furnace filter
    A furnace filter becomes dirty over time, making your HVAC unit work harder and driving up your energy costs. Replacing your furnace filter every three months or so is inexpensive and can help it run more efficiently.
  4. Choose energy-efficient light bulbs
    Replace your incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED lights, which last longer and also use less electricity. They may be more expensive to buy, but they're much more energy-efficient.
  5. Use cold water for most laundry
    Most laundry can be easily cleaned using your washer's cold water cycle. This saves electricity since the water used for a cold cycle doesn't have to be heated.
  6. Install a low-flow showerhead
    A standard showerhead uses about five to eight gallons of water per minute, while low-flow showerheads can use as few as 1.6 gallons a minute. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you won't have to pay to heat as much water, and you'll also save on your water bill.
  7. Caulk and weatherstrip to seal gaps
    Seal gaps around your doors and windows. This keeps your warmed air inside in the winter and cold air outside and keeps cooled air inside in the summer and hot air outside.
  8. Turn off "phantom" power
    Some of our electronic devices use power – which is often referred to as phantom or vampire power – even when they're turned off or are on standby mode. Plug these devices into a power strip that you can turn off when they aren't being used. If you buy a newer strip, it may have an automatic shut-off feature to make it even more convenient.
  9. Add or replace insulation if needed
    Make sure your home has adequate insulation in the attic. If sections are missing, you don't have enough insulation, or it doesn't have a high-enough R-value (which determines its insulating power), you should add what's needed to help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  10. Let the sun in or block it out
    Open your blinds or other window coverings to let the sun in to warm your home in the winter, and close them to keep the sun from shining in and making your home too hot in the summer.

Cutting energy costs is important, especially during the winter cold and summer heat in Virginia and West Virginia. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty when it comes time to buy or sell in our area.


Neighborhood Highlight: The Springs At Osceola in Harrisonburg

The Springs at Osceola

Our real estate agents understand that when it comes buying a house, location is everything. And if that's the case, we have got the perfect location for you with our homes for sale in Harrisonburg

We feel confident saying our featured Harrisonburg neighborhood, The Springs at Osceola, is just the right combination of serene country living with magnificent views in a family-oriented living community.

The Springs at Osceola 

The Springs at Osceola is a planned community with enough space to build the home of your dreams. You'll have a generous one- to two-acre, estate-sized site to design and build your home. Each lot has public water and sewer access.

Natural beauty is another advantage. Beautiful Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountain ranges and Massanutten Peak in the distance provide a beautiful backdrop for your quiet life. Wooded surroundings ensure a level of calm and privacy you can't get in a big city.

As a resident of the Springs at Osceola, you'll live away from traffic and noise yet you'll still have access to the things you need and the places you enjoy. The development is a short drive from Sentara RMH Medical Center, Lake Shenandoah, and Lake View Golf Course. It's a just outside of Harrisonburg, VA, a thriving medium-sized town. That means shopping, dining, art, and culture are just a short drive away.

A Planned Community

With the sale of many section one and section two sites, The Springs at Osceola has established its reputation as a desirable, private neighborhood. Section three sites are now available and ready for you to begin construction of your new home. Our Architectural review system is part of what makes our community so alluring. It helps maintain the integrity and value of the development as it continues to grow.

As a new resident, you may build the custom home of your choice. To protect residents' home investments and maintain high community standards, the Architectural Review Committee views each home's design, and landscaping plans to make sure they meet community standards. In addition to the review system, homeowners must agree to follow community guidelines.

Take an Aerial Tour

If you can't get to Harrisonburg right away to check out The Springs at Osceola, it takes just a moment to visit by air.

Watch our video for a a birdseye view of this beautiful community.

Living in Harrisonburg

The Springs at Osceola is just one of many Harrisonburg subidivisions welcoming new residents.  Harrisonburg is going through a growth spurt of its own. It's always been a charming town, but a decades-long community effort has helped it grow and thrive. Volunteers and development capital have helped the Downtown shopping area come alive. The effort revitalized existing businesses. It also helped to improve the business district and attract new companies.

Like many trendy communities, Downtown Harrisonburg has new restaurants, shops, bars, a farmers market and even a craft brewery. It also has galleries and an annual schedule of special events and celebrations. Future plans include an urban park, conference center, and more restaurants and shops.

Your Harrisonburg Real Estate Professionals

If Harrisonburg's The Springs at Osceola sounds like it might be for you, contact us to schedule a tour of this community.


The Springs at Osceola Country Living Redefined

The Springs at Osceola SignageSpectacular views of Massanutten Peak near Harrisonburg, Virginia and spacious building sites are just a few of the features drawing people to The Springs at Osceola development.

The Springs at Osceola was developed by a group of local professionals whose goals were to create a community where families could grow and call The Springs at Osceola home.   With time and patience their collaborative efforts produced a one-of-a-kind estate community not found anywhere else in the area.  Located off Spaders Church Road, The Springs at Osceola is located not far from Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the Lakeview Golf Course, and Lake Shenandoah.

Springs at Osceola SubdivisionBea Miller and Courtney Crummett, licensed Old Dominion Realty REALTORS®, are listing agents and responsible for marketing The Springs at Osceola, "Most families living in the area consider the view of the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains a gift," said Bea Miller.

"Building lots of at least one-acre make The Springs at Osceola different than any other in the community," said Courtney Crummett.  "There's more room for the kids to play and the lots will accommodate larger homes.  Located in the Spotswood School District, developers of The Springs at Osceola designed a neighborhood their own children would enjoy growing up in.  We have excellent schools with a fine reputation. I can't say enough good things about our area schools," stressed Mrs. Crummett.

Springs at Osceola View"The developers have strategically used the gently sloping terrain to create winding roads and areas of green space. The streets are lined with sidewalks, curbs and gutters," said Ms. Miller.  The subdivision is served by public water and sewer services.

The development has Protective Covenants and an Architectural Review Committee established to review plans for individual home builders and ensure property values. "Buyers can bring their own builder and we can recommend builders."

Years of planning have finally become a reality as prospective buyers search this incredible piece of land to find their place at The Springs of Osceola.

For more information about The Springs of Osceola, contact Bea Miller or Courtney Crummett with Old Dominion Realty.




Cedar Point Townhomes for Old Dominion Realty

Cedar Point Townhomes logo
Cedar Point is Rockingham County's newest development. Cedar Point is a new community of luxury townhomes located just minutes outside the city limits of Harrisonburg, Virginia. "This is an exciting new community of townhomes. Our townhomes are each individually designed so your townhome is different from your neighbors," said Gail Mitchell, Realtor with Old Dominion Realty. "It's just 2.8 miles north of Harrisonburg with easy access to Interstate 81." According to Mitchell, Cedar Point will feature a total of 81 townhome units with maintenance free exteriors of brick and stone. The design of Cedar Point incorporates beautifully landscaped common areas, individual parking and visitor parking.
Cedar Point Townhouses

There are two floor plans to choose from at Cedar Point. One is a very open floor plan. The second features individual living and dining rooms. Floor plans offer either two or three bedrooms. All floor plans are designed with 2.5 baths.

"Each home will feature hardwood floors," said Mitchell who is the exclusive listing agent. "Each townhome will have special touches such as 9-foot ceilings, arched doorways or cathedral ceilings."

Depending on the floor plan and site location, each townhouse will offer either a patio or a deck.

The new neighborhood will protect buyers with covenants and restrictions to keep the property prim and proper.

Prices for these affordable townhomes are $153,000 and lower. "We are pleased to introduce Cedar Point," said Mitchell. "This is the perfect location for a homebuyer who wants to be close to the city but in the county. It is minutes from Harrisonburg's dining, shopping and entertainment."
A closer look at Cedar Point Townhomes

Harrisonburg offers a revitalized downtown with historic buildings, quaint shops and delicious restaurants. A historic district was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University, offering residents a selection of arts, culture and college sports. Greater Harrisonburg area residents enjoy all of the amenities and outdoor recreation of the central Shenandoah Valley. Cedar Point's proximity to Interstate 81 provides residents with easy access to Richmond and Washington D.C.

Cedar Point is located in Rockingham County, the home to Endless Caverns and George Washington National Forest.  Central is the Massanutten Peak, the southern tip of the Massanutten Mountains. Rising more than 1,500 feet, the peak is an outdoor lover's dream with hiking and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Mitchell, the winner of the 2011 Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors Top 5 percent Production Award and the 2011 Top Transaction Award Winner, said the website featuring Cedar Point homes is available for additional information. Cedar Point Townhomes for Old Dominion Realty.

Old Dominion Realty serves the greater Harrisonburg, Virginia, area. For more information about Cedar Point Townhomes, call Gail Mitchell at 540-810-2983 or email her at gail@olddominionrealty.com. Visit the Old Dominion Realty website at www.olddominionrealty.com to make a move to a new Cedar Point luxury townhome.



The Springs at Osceola

Spacious lots and spectacular views of Massanutten Peak are just a few of the amenities Harrisonburg's newest subdivision, The Springs at Osceola, have to offer.

"The Springs at Osceola is just two miles outside of Harrisonburg," said Bea Miller, an Old Dominion Realty agent who has served the community's real estate needs for 34 years. "Those mountains you see are the Blue Ridge, the Alleghany Mountains and Massanutten Peak. It's beautiful here."

Located off Spaders Church Road, The Springs at Osceola is located not far from the new hospital. It is very close to the Lakeview Golf Course and Lake Shenandoah.

"The Springs at Osceola is unique because the lot sizes are estate size," said Courtney Crummett, an agent who has worked with Old Dominion for nine years. "There's more room for the kids to play and the lots will accommodate larger homes."

None of the lots in The Springs at Osceola are smaller than one-acre, said Miller. The developers have not carved away at the landscape but instead used the gently sloping terrain to create winding roads and areas of green space. The streets are lined with sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

When developers platted The Springs at Osceola, they wanted to build a neighborhood their own children would enjoy growing up in.

The subdivision is served by public water and sewer services.

"The development has Protective Covenants and an Architectural Review Committee," said Miller. "Buyers can bring their own builder and we can recommend builders." One builder on the list of recommendations is Gary Crummett and Sons, the father-in-law of Old Dominion Realty agent Courtney Crummett.

"His company builds quality homes," said Courtney. "We're very proud of the homes built by Gary Crummett and Sons.

"Gary Crummett builds nice homes," Miller agreed. She is pleased to offer the beautiful lots at The Springs of Osceola and to assist families seeking to have a new home built for them.

The subdivision of The Springs of Osceola is located in the Spotswood School District. But Miller emphasizes, "We have excellent schools with a fine reputation. I can't say enough for our area schools."

"It's a great location to the city," said Crummett of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. The downtown has been revitalized, offering quaint shops and eateries. The downtown historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Place. With a population of 48,914 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, Harrisonburg is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley region of Rockingham County.

Harrisonburg is home to 13,133 households and 6,448 families, according to 2000 U.S. Census data. The median income for a Harrisonburg household was $29,949 and the median income for a Harrisonburg family was $45,159. The per capita income for Harrisonburg was $14,898.

The Springs of Osceola is conveniently located near Harrisonburg's superior restaurants, cultural arts and quilt museum, boundless outdoor activities, shopping and boutiques shops, and Civil War history. Beautiful Massanutten Resort, known for its skiing, snow sports, golf, dining and spa, is nearby.

For more information about The Springs of Osceola, call Bea Miller at 540-820-7606 or Courtney Crummett at 540-820-0835.

Old Dominion Realty was founded in 1962 by Clyde Pugh. Today his son, Michael, continues to grow the company. Old Dominion Realty is a full-service real estate company, offering residential real estate services, property management, residential and commercial appraisal services, consulting, relocation services, commercial sales and leasing services. The company has more than 90 agents and staff who operate from six offices in Virginia and West Virginia.



Magnolia Ridge: East of Harrisonburg in Rockingham County

The magnolia, a beautiful flower indigenous to the southern regions of the United States, is now the name of an equally beautiful neighborhood, Magnolia Ridge. Located east of Harrisonburg in Rockingham County, Virginia, Magnolia Ridge offers breathtaking views of Massanutten Peak.

Magnolia Ridge is the top-selling community in the Harrisonburg area for the last several years. Gail Mitchell of Old Dominion Realty specializes in offering properties in Magnolia Ridge. Affordable lots are available in the housing development and property owners are not restricted to any one builder.

Gail Mitchell described the Magnolia Ridge subdivision as a beautiful planned neighborhood.

Just minutes from Harrisonburg, Old Dominion Realty agent Gail Mitchell said Magnolia Ridge provides a relaxing atmosphere with gorgeous views of Massanutten Peak.  

Residents of Magnolia Ridge have access to numerous amenities. Magnolia Ridge is near shopping, cultural events, and the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital Campus (RMH Campus).

Magnolia Ridge residents enjoy a walking trail to Lake Shenandoah, a 36 acre area owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The neighborhood development is near Lakeview Golf Course, named one of Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play".  Lakeview Golf Course features four nine-hole courses, the Lake, Peak, Mountain and Spring, all with varying degrees of challenges.

Students in the Magnolia Ridge neighborhood attend Rockingham County Public Schools, with nearby Peak View Elementary and Cub Run Elementary. Five private schools, Victory Baptist Church Academy, Redeemer Classical School, Eastern Mennonite School, Conerstone Christian School and Blue Ridge Christian School are four to eight miles away from Magnolia Ridge. Magnolia Ridge is a short drive from Harrisonburg's James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University.

Magnolia Ridge residents enjoy all of the amenities of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Located in the central Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is situated along Interstate 81 with access to Richmond and Washington D.C. Harrisonburg is the county seat of Rockingham County, the home to Endless Caverns and George Washington National Forest.  Central is the Massanutten Peak, the southern tip of the Massanutten Mountains. Rising more than 1,500 feet, the peak is an outdoor lover's dream with hiking and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  An estimated 126,562 people call the greater Harrisonburg-area home.

For more information about Magnolia Ridge, call Old Dominion Realty's agent, Gail Mitchell, at 540-810-2983 today.


Mill View Estates in the Heart of Shenandoah Valley

Mill View Estates Bridgewater's Newest Residential Community

In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, in the town of Bridgewater, is a new residential community named Mill View Estates.  Mill View Estates is a neighborhood featuring single-family and duplex lots.

A three-phase development on a 40-acre tract of land north of Dry River Road, Mill View Estates consists of single family homes and upscale duplexes starting at $229,000.

Mill View Estates

The developers of Mill View Estates, JCM Development LLC, is a building and development company specializing in developing and building custom and speculation residential housing. JCM partners, JM Snell, Chad Branson and Michael Pugh, bring a wealth of experience to the Mill View Estates development.

Mill View Estates Construction

JCM Development LLC recently completed several homes and duplexes in Mill View Estates. The company was recognized by the Shenandoah Valley Builders Association Parade of Homes for their Mill View Estates duplex. The company's duplex design received awards for best interior, exterior and overall in the multi-family category.

JCM Development LLC homes in Mill View Estates feature single family homes with 2,566 square feet, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a spacious and open floor plan, hardwood floors, two-car garage and a covered front porch. The duplexes featured one-level living space, attached garage, open floor plan, hardwood floors, tile, carpeting, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and paved driveways.

Mill View Estates Home

Mill View Estates streets are cared for by the town of Bridgewater and the town provides water, sewer and garbage collection services. Residents in Mill View Estates will not pay home owner association fees and will still enjoy parks and walking trails.

Old Dominion Realty serves the greater Harrisonburg, Virginia, area. For more information about lots in Mill View Estates, call Pam Estes at 540-820-1323 or Gail Mitchell at 540-810-2983 or Judy Linhoss at 540-820-1402.  For more information on duplexes and single family homes contact Chad Branson at 540-478-5798.



Crossroads Farm – Spectacular Mountain Views and Massanutten Peak

Crossroads Farm, just 3 miles outside charming Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a planned residential development with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Alleghany Mountains and Massanutten Peak.

"The popularity of this subdivision is absolutely spectacular views of the mountains and Massanutten Peak," said Ginny Joseph of Old Dominion Realty. "It's very beautiful."

Crossroads Farm is located on the expanded Lakeview Golf Course.

The development features home options for a variety of lifestyles. There are upscale villas, cottages and single-family homes.

The villas are luxury duplexes along Chelsea Circle and Cambridge Circle. The duplexes range in size from 1,200 square feet to 2,800 square feet. These one level residences have spacious double car garages. The duplexes are situated on small lots for comfortable living.

The cottages, starting at 1800 square feet to 2200 square feet, feature first-floor master bedrooms, private patios and front porches. Cottages have smaller lots with extremely low outdoor maintenance.

"The Cottages are perfect for people who want to downsize," said Joseph. "The lots are small and manageable."

The single-family homes range in size, starting in the low $400,000s. Each home has distinct characteristics and style. Built to standards and covenants, the homes are aesthetically pleasing along the gently sloping terrain.

"This is not a cookie-cutter development," said Joseph. "The homes are stylish."

Homes in Crossroads Farm are valued up to $1.2 million. The covenants protect the property values of the neighborhood.

Lots range in size, starting with one-third acre plots. Single family lots range in price from $65.000 to $110,000. The home sites are perfect for custom home builds.

With lots situated on the Lakeview Golf Course, Crossroads Farm feels all the more spacious and open. The common areas of the planned community include the Peale Walking Trail and park.

Crossroads Farm is literally located at the crossroads of Route 33 and Cross Keys Road.

With a Property Owners Association, Crossroads Farm annual fee is less than $500. The fee covers road replacement and snow removal, maintenance of entrance lights, community signs, and the Peale Walking Park.

"The advantage of having private roads is immediate snow removal and care," said Joseph, adding that property owners can drive golf carts on the private roads.

With a country feel, Crossroads Farm is just miles from Harrisonburg, James Madison University and Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

"Crossroads Farm is minutes from downtown Harrisonburg," Joseph said.

Harrisonburg, Virginia, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, has a population of less than 50,000 residents. With a thriving downtown, Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University and Blue Ridge Community College.

Crossroads Farm is conveniently located near Harrisonburg's superior restaurants, cultural arts and quilt museum, boundless outdoor activities, shopping and boutiques shops, and Civil War history. Beautiful Massanutten Resort, known for its skiing, snow sports, golf, dining and spa, is nearby.

For more information about Crossroads Farm, visit online at www.crossroads-farm.com or www.olddominionrealty.com. Visit Old Dominion Realty's Crossroads office (just across the street from Crossroads Farm) located at 4761 Spotswood Trail, Penn Laird, Virginia 22846 For details of the gracious living at Crossroads Farm, call Ginny Joseph at 540-246-1821.

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