Fall Household Tips

AutumnLeavesFallDid you realize that your home will undergo seasonal changes as the temperatures begin to drop, weather conditions worsen, your home ages, and of course as we human beings add our wear and tear? In order to keep all of your home's systems running smoothly, and to avoid potential costly repairs, it's helpful to conduct regular seasonal maintenance around the house now before it gets cold. Let's start on these tasks now to help save you money, avert costly repairs by waiting, and get a jump on the season.

  • Check Your Roof Gutters & Downspouts For Debris: Remember to check on and all around the roof. Because its not at eye level, little piles of leaves in gutters or branch pieces stuck in corners and by chimneys may be giving you little reminders as you walk by. Leaves, dirt, pine needles and other loose debris can clog up your gutters and downspouts too. Examine and remove the debris. Be sure to check the flashing around any opening, vent pipes, skylights and your chimney for potential leaks.
  • Change All Home Filters: If you have central heat and air conditioning, change your air filters monthly. Also change the filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable. Clean air filters will help keep your family healthy this fall, eliminate pollen and dust, and keep your heating/ac units running at full air flow.
  • Check Your Windows Doors & Wood Trim: Probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks with a screwdriver lightly to see if the wood is dry rotted. Use caulk to fill any holes or completely replace the wood where necessary. Check around your windows and doors, both inside and out, for leaks and drafts. Caulk any cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.
  • Schedule Pest Control: Here at Lake Kiowa, bugs, spiders, insects, and all manner of flying things nestle in every nook and cranny both inside and out. Make sure to schedule interior pest control every month to avoid infestations. For exterior peace of mind, have your pest control company spray all the trees for spiders and mites, around all the screens, and most especially around the slab. Insure that no bugs can get in when it starts getting cold.
  • Fix All Leaky Faucets & Cover Exterior Faucets: Before the temperatures really drop here in the Lake Kiowa community, examine the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room locations. Correcting any issues now can save you time and effort in the future. It will absolutely save dollars by not wasting water.
  • Check & Drain Your Water Heaters: Most areas have some minerals in the water, and the sediments and rust could be building up in your tank. Extra buildup in your water heater tank can cause it to work harder than necessary. If your water heater is over 10 years old, you may want to consider an new, energy efficient, water heater.

If you have any questions about a handyman out here at the Lake who can help you prepare for the winter, please give us a call. Enjoy the fall season. The cold days of winter will be here soon enough and we will decorating for the holidays before your know it.

The agents of Lake Kiowa Realty are always available to help you with any questions or concerns.


Heat & Cool Efficiently

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The most important question to ask yourself about heating and cooling is related to the cost. The Energy Star web site reports that as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Keeping this figure in mind, it is very important to review your current systems in place and if changes are needed, making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.

One way to action is to address how to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Here are some tips that will help you save this winter:

  • Change your air filter regularly - Begin now checking your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system which leads to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
  • Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly - Maintenance on any system is required to operate efficiently. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.
  • Install a programmable thermostat - A programmable thermostat is a great way for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
  • Seal your heating and cooling ducts - Air ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Proper sealing and insulating of those ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more.
  • Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage are a great start. Various types of mastic and metal back foil tape are options for this project to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, they can be wrapped in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. You can also seal any other ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.
  • Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment - If replacement is an option and the equipment is more than 10 years old, have it evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by more than $115. But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the big air leaks in your house and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the real sources of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.

Ask about Proper Installation of your new equipment -Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. But to make sure that you get the best performance, the new equipment must be properly installed. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent - costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment's life.

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Lake Kiowa Special Utilities District New Website

Lake Kiowa Special Utility District Website

Lake Kiowa Special Utility District - Committed to Providing Clean, Safe Water for All of Lake Kiowa

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Here at Lake Kiowa Realty we want to welcome you to the Official Website of Lake Kiowa Special Utility District in Lake Kiowa, TX launched on June 28, 2016! The Lake Kiowa Special Utilities District is the main provider of your water, we invite you to come to the new website and find out all the information now available to you on a regular basis.

The Mission is clear, Lake Kiowa Special Utility District will provide dependable water service that consistently meets or exceeds TCEQ water quality standards.  Services will be delivered at a fair and reasonable price that reflects the cost of producing, testing, storing, and distributing this precious treasure. It is our goal to always treat our customers equally with respect and honesty. We encourage you to be sure to find out more information by please gooing to and take a look at the new website and register for all Lake Kiowa updates.

As stated on the home page, the LKSUD is currently in the process of installing new meters as shown above to assist in creating a fixed based reading system. Once all the meters are changed out and the fixed based system is completed, we will be able to receive daily notifications of high usage on meters that will assist us in notifying our customers that they might have a possible leak. There also will be a customer login where each customer will be able to setup an account to monitor their own usage. We will notify customers when this is available.

Stay tuned here to the latest alerts from your water utility. Remember to Subscribe to have News & Notices, and Alerts delivered via email or text!  Just another way we are working to better serve our community.

Lake Kiowa Is A FireWise Community

June 20, 2016—Lake Kiowa, Texas—We are proud to announce that Lake Kiowa is being recognized for maintaining their status as an active Firewise Community recognized by the National Fire Protection Association, as part of their nationwide Firewise Communities/USA program.

If you were not aware take note! Lake Kiowa is now one of the elite nine Texas Firewise communities that are celebrating 5 years as an active community, since their initial recognition in 2012. There are a total of 141 communities nationwide that have reached the 5 year mark. Texas currently has 78 active Firewise Communities and there are 1,302 communities recognized across the nation. Lake Kiowa is the only community in Cooke County to receive the Firewise recognition and is helping to set a precedence for other communities to work together and take ownership of protecting their homes and property from the threat of wildfire.

With all the fires in the western United States it is very important to understand here at Lake Kiowa, our Volunteer Fire Department is ready. “It’s not a question of if, but when the next major wildfire will occur. Wildfires can happen anywhere and at any time, stated Nick Harrison Firewise Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Firewise Communities and Firewise practices are a process that empower neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risks.”

A 5-year Firewise recognition ceremony was held June 20, at the Lake Kiowa Property Owners Association meeting. Representatives from the Texas A&M Forest Service presented a 5-year plaque to Lake Kiowa for their sustained efforts in maintaining their Firewise Community. Join us in a big Congratulations to our Lake Kiowa Community!

The Secret Is Out

Welcome To Lake KiowaIf you are not familiar with Lake Kiowa and the community surrounding the lake, let us tell you about one of the best kept secrets in North Texas. Lake Kiowa, Texas on Farm Road 902  is seven miles southeast of Gainesville in east central Cooke County, and was established in 1967. Within an hour's drive of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis, Lake Kiowa has quickly became a popular resort development for North Texas families. In the 1980s its 1,800 acres included the lake for which it was named (a private, 600-acre lake on Indian Creek), two sandy beaches, and has a now PGA rated eighteen-hole golf course with a full time golf pro on staff.

At that time no businesses were allowed within the enclosed development, which was managed by a board of directors elected by the members of the property owners' association. In 1988 the community had 712 homes, about half of which were occupied year-round; the others were used primarily on weekends, holidays, and during the summer. The community is in the Callisburg school district. Its estimated population in 1989 was 1,500, and in 1990, some 1,200. By 2000 the population grew to 1,883. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), of which 3.0 square miles is land and 0.81 square miles , or 21.07%, is water.

Fun For The Asking!

Lake Kiowa Lodge & Tavern

The Lodge at Lake Kiowa is the center of activity for our community members and guests. Regular dining hours in both the Tavern lovingly call "The 19th Hole", and the Restaurant makes your life here like a cool breeze.   In addition to providing fine food in the restaurant and '19th Hole', the Lodge serves as a meeting place for many of the Lake Kiowa social clubs, service organizations, dances, entertainment and Sunday Chapel Services every month. As a resident or guest, the only choice you have to make each day is to decide to go and relax at any of the special events and activities planned for you by the staff.

Join family, neighbors and friends for a special event or fine dining at . . . The Lodge at Lake Kiowa Lodge  The Phone: 665-3741 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regular Lodge Hours:

  • Restaurant & 19th Hole
  • Monday  Closed
  • Tuesday thru Thursday -  11:00 am to 9:30 pm
  • Friday & Saturday -  11:00 am to 10:30 pm
  • Sunday - 8:00 am to 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast Menu on Sunday morning from 8:00 am to 11:00 am