Get Ready for the Holiday Season on Lake Nacimiento!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner with Thanksgiving a little over two weeks away!  Living on Lake Nacimiento means being able to fully enjoy the sights, aromas and tastes that the holidays bring!  If you currently live in the gated Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch communities on Lake Nacimiento, you’re already well aware of how beautiful and fun-filled this season can be!

To kick off this great season, the nearby town of Paso Robles is hosting an event this Saturday, November 13 from 5-8pm in its charming downtown.  The 2010 Evening of Elegance in Paso Robles will feature holiday refreshments and entertainment and is free and open to everyone! You’ll enjoy “live mannequins” performed by the Class Act Dance Studio, as well as trolley rides, singers and musicians and much more!  At 8pm, the Gala Paderewski Festival Concert will take place at the Paso Robles Inn.  You can view more information about the event at the Paso Robles Downtown website.  Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to kick off the holiday season!

There are other ways to get ready for the colder winter season and making sure your Lake Nacimiento home is prepared is very important!  Although living in Central California doesn’t produce harsh winters, it’s still vital to winterize your home to keep it in excellent condition.  Below are a few things you can do now to get ready for cooler weather.

1. Check for Leaks
– Weatherstripping and caulking is probably the least expensive, simplest, most effective way to cut down on energy waste in the winter. Improperly sealed homes can waste 10 to 15 percent of the Lake Nacimiento homeowner’s heating dollars. You’ll want to check around doors for leaks and drafts.  Consider replacing old windows for newer, more efficient ones. Also, don’t forget to shut the fireplace damper if you’re not using your fireplace.  This can easily allow cold air in and heat out!

2. Check Your Insulation– This is key to saving on your energy bill this winter!  Be sure to check your attic for insulation as older homes in Lake Nacimiento have little to no insulation since they were built prior to the push for energy efficiency.  Weather-strip and insulate your attic hatch or door to prevent warm air from escaping from the top of your house. You’ll also want to seal any holes in your attic or basement.

3. Check Your Heating System– It’s important to get routine maintenance and inspection on your heating system each fall to ensure it’s working correctly. To make your heating system work more efficiently, replace your heater’s air filter each month.  Cleaning and removing dust from along baseboard heaters and vent will help use less energy.  Reversing the switch on your ceiling fan will help blow hot air from the ceiling down, instead of circulating cold air into your home.

I hope these tips are helpful as you begin to prepare for the cooler season here in Central California!  If you’re currently looking to move to Lake Nacimiento in order to enjoy all that this great area has to offer- there’s still time to buy and settle in before the holidays!  For those of you who currently live in Oak Shores or Heritage Ranch, be sure to take advantage of this weekend’s Evening of Elegance in Paso Robles!  As always, if you have any questions about buying or selling in Lake Nacimiento; please let me know.  I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Market!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Grace Borzini
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