Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Help Maintain an Eco-Friendly Environment on Deep Creek Lake!

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Deep Creek Lake, you’ve been able to experience the stunning beauty of its natural surroundings, which makes it such a desirable place to live or vacation.  And, for many of us, our goal is to help preserve this natural beauty to the best of our ability!  
Here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we love showing people around as they consider buying a home on Deep Creek Lake.  As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents, the comments we hear about the lake, hills, foliage and breathtaking views inspire us to maintain this untouched atmosphere for current residents and for buyers for years to come. 
Yet, we know that it takes more than just a few people; it will take all of us!  If we all do our part, although seemingly small, we can ensure that Deep Creek Lake will remain an eco-friendly environment.  Take a look at some of the practical ways you can “go green” in your Deep Creek Lake home!
Install a programmable thermostat. That way, if you leave your Deep Creek Lake home during the day, you can program the thermostat to adjust while the house is empty, allowing you to save ample energy and money on your air-conditioning bill. You can set the thermostat to return to its regular setting about an hour before you return home, so you’ll never know the difference!
Replace your light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. They provide just as much lighting while using less energy and lasting far longer.
Switch to energy efficient appliances.  When it’s time to replace a kitchen appliance, choose one with an Energy Star label on it. These appliances meet efficiency guidelines created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environment Protection Agency. While they are more expensive initially, the amount of energy you will save makes up for it in the long run.
Only run your dishwasher when it’s full. This will ensure you’re only using the dishwasher when you absolutely have to.  Also, after the dishes are clean, open the dishwasher door and allow the dishes to air dry rather than using the washer’s drying cycle. 
Switch off your electronics. Though many people have gotten use to the idea of having electronics available 24/7, you should turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. You could turn off your cell phone at night too, if not using as an alarm clock.
Plug as many electronics as you safely can into a power strip, which allows you to easily turn the strip off when the items are not in use. This could include TVs, DVD players, computers, toasters and more, which all use several watts of power even when not in use.
Reduce water usage.  Take shorter showers and turn the water off while you wash your hands, brush your teeth, apply face wash and any other time the water is not in use.
Recycle!  You’ll find a complete list on Garrett County’s website on what items can be recycled at various locations around Deep Creek Lake.  Garrett County is committed to educating residents on cutting down on their use of wasteful materials and to offering a wide range of ways to recycle to help maintain a healthy community! 
We hope these tips give you ways to begin, even today, to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and atmosphere on Deep Creek Lake!  This natural surrounding is one we want to preserve for those seeking a peaceful, clean and healthy place to live or vacation. 
If you haven’t visited Deep Creek Lake yet or are just now considering buying a home on Deep Creek Lake; please let us know!  We would love to help you set up a time to come experience the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle and see some of the gorgeous homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market.  
We look forward to meeting you!
Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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