Tuesday, November 29, 2011

7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Winter Season in Your Deep Creek Lake Home

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family in your Deep Creek Lake home!  This is such a festive time of year with twinkling lights and a variety of holiday events taking place around Deep Creek Lake and throughout Garrett County.  

Now that the holidays are in full swing, you’re probably gearing up for the colder weather and wondering what you can do to cut down on energy costs and usage during the winter months in your Deep Creek Lake home.  
Here at the Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty office, our team of experienced Deep Creek Real Estate agents are always thinking of new ways to better serve our clients and our community.  Since our focus is on the homes around Deep Creek Lake, we thought we’d round up a list of ways that you can generate energy efficiency in your Deep Creek Lake home which, in turn, benefits our great community.  Take a look!
1. Set the Timer- Set your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Deep Creek Lake home or while you’re sleeping. This will automatically help reduce energy used as well as costs just by programming your thermostat.
2. Let the Sunshine In- During the day, be sure to leave blinds and curtains open to let in the sunlight and natural heat. At night, shut them to help “trap” the warmth.
3. Light a Fire- It’s amazing how a fire in your fireplace can heat up a room instantly! Consider lowering your thermostat on cooler evenings and lighting a fire instead. You’ll instantly feel cozier in the midst of Maryland’s chilly winters.
4. Bundle Up- Feeling chilled? Instead of turning up the thermostat, throw on a pair of socks or an extra layer. These small choices to not turn up the heat can really add up in energy savings!
5. Switch our Your Lights- From lamps to the Christmas tree, all of your lights can be changed out for energy efficient LED lights! With the sun setting earlier, you’ll be using your indoor lights more often. Also, the festivity of the season’s decorations can spike energy bill. LED Christmas lights can cut back on costs and energy usage.
6. Stop Leaks- Check all doors and windows for drafts. You can easily seal windows and doors to prevent the warm air from your Deep Creek Lake home escaping while making sure the cool air doesn’t leak in!
7. Unplug- Not using an appliance? Unplug it! The Department of Energy notes that, even if appliances are not being used, they are still using energy. 40% of electricity used for your home electronics is used when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Getting in the habit of unplugging will prove to be a smart habit in the long run!
We hope these ideas inspire you to take an eco-friendly approach to the coming winter season.  As always, we’re here to help in any way we can!  Whether you’re searching for a permanent residence or vacation home on Deep Creek Lake, or need to sell your current Deep Creek Lake home; we’d love to be there with you each step of the way!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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