Monday, August 29, 2011

What exactly is Home Automation?

Home automation is, basically, anything that gives you control over certain aspects of your property from one location, whether that is inside your home or remotely. Home automation systems can be as simple as being able to control some or all of the lights in your home from one control. It can also be quite complex.

Home automation systems can include: lights (both interior and exterior), security systems, home audio systems, home theater systems, heating and A/C systems, and even window draperies and shades. These systems allow you to use one controller inside your home to control these systems. They can also be set up to allow access through the internet or your cell phone. You can even use voice recognition to access some systems.

What's even better than being able to do all these things without getting up? Saving energy costs at the same time. Many of the features, especially lighting systems, can pay for themselves with a 10% energy savings each year.

For more information on home automation system installation in Bixby, contact Keegan Beck of KMB Enterprises at 918-527-1031 or

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Incorporating Green Products into Your Bixby Home

When building, remodeling, or replacing products in your home, eco-friendly or green ideas can be very easy and often inexpensive to implement. Here are some easy ways to incorporate green products into your home:

  • When building a new home, face the widest part to the north or south.
  • Place doors and windows where you will receive good cross-ventilation.
  • Ensure your attic space is well ventilated by using roof ridge vents, lighter colored roof materials, lots of insulation, and by placing A/C ducts in the attic to help absorb the heat.
  • Install an energy-efficient and properly sized heating and A/C system for your home, make sure that duct work is correctly sealed, and use a programmable thermostat.
  • Utilize landscaping materials, plants and design that is appropriate for the climate and rainfall levels in your area.
  • Use low-flow toilets and showerheads and energy-efficient appliances.
  • Recyclable and renewable materials can be used for decking, siding, interior and exterior trim, and more.
  • Choose flooring materials made out of concrete, bamboo, or recycled wood.
  • Replace your air conditioning filter regularly to enhance the performance of your air conditioning system and to reduce pollutants in your home.

For more ideas or estimates on incorporating green products and ideas into your home, contact the professionals below:

Bixby Roof Installation and Repair: A-Best Roofing, Judy Smith, 918-587-1426 or
Heating and Air Conditioning Installation and Repair in Bixby: Air Assurance, contact Stephen Taylor at 918-258-HEAT or
Bixby Building and Remodeling: US Building Systems, contact Rick Oberlender at
Air Conditioning Filters: Filters 4 Me, contact Rick Butefish at 292-8600,, or visit their website at
Bixby Flooring Products: ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings, contact Jim Ecrette at 252-7711 or (ask for Darryl Baskin’s preferred pricing).

To find energy-efficient, eco-friendly, or green homes in the Bixby, Oklahoma area contact Darryl Baskin, McGraw realtors 918-258-2600 or