Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Host an Eco Friendly Party this Holiday Season!

We hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving last weekend with family and friends!  Whether you were here celebrating on Deep Creek Lake or are hoping to spend Thanksgiving next year in your new Deep Creek Lake home; this is a great time to remember all we have for which to be thankful.

A few weeks ago, we talked about ways you can go green in your home during the cold weather season.  It’s important that we all do our part to keep Deep Creek Lake a beautiful place to live or vacation and each one of us doing our part can make a big difference!  If you’re going to be hosting friends and family this season for holiday gatherings, we thought we’d point out a few ways that you can host an environmentally friendly party in your Deep Creek Lake home!  Take a look!

1. No-Cook Dishes- Save energy and give your oven a rest by preparing dishes that don’t have to be cooked. Think: salads, fruit dishes, veggie dips, yogurts and much more!  You’ll find yourself being more creative and spending less time in the kitchen!
2. Buy Local- Shopping locally from farmers and other various growers for ingredients for your holiday party (or any time!) is a great way to cut down on our carbon footprint as well as help support sustainable growing around Deep Creek Lake and surrounding areas.
3. Nix the Microwave- As much as possible, reheat or cook items in the oven or on the stove.  Certain plastics can produce harmful fumes when put in the microwave and, while not overtly harmful, microwaves do leak radiation.  It’s just better for your health and for the environment to use other options as often as you can!
4. Reusable Towels- When cleaning up after your holiday party; be sure to use reusable towels instead of paper towels.  Microfiber towels will hold on to dust, dirt and food particles since the fibers act like a magnet.  After cleanup, throw them in the wash and you’ll be able to reuse them over and over!
5. Switch to Convection- Now, we don’t expect that you’ll run out and buy a new oven before your holiday party, but this is something to consider for the very near future!  Switch from a conventional oven to a convection oven.  The difference?  A convection oven continually circulates heated air, which means food cooks more quickly and reduces energy usage by 20%!  Imagine being able to prepare food faster and save on energy- all from one appliance!
6. Cloth Napkins- These “things of the past” are making a comeback!  The average American will use around 2,200 paper napkins per year- which are never recycled!  Using cloth napkins will cut down drastically on waste and will make any event feel more special.
7. Chill Out- Be sure to put a pitcher of water in your fridge at least an hour before your party to ensure it’s completely chilled.  Those that prefer water won’t have to stand at your sink and let the water run until it gets cold.  The average kitchen faucet flows at a gallon per minute!  Thinking ahead can help to chill water before will reduce the waste that a running faucet will produce!
8. Glass Containers- Storing leftovers or dried foods in glass containers with lids are much safer than the plastic alternative.  When heated, certain plastics can break down and put chemicals into your food.  Learn more about harmful and safe plastics.
9. Fill the Dishwasher- To avoid wasting water and energy, be sure to have a full load each time you use your dishwasher.  Surprisingly, new energy efficient dishwasher can be more eco-friendly than washing dishes by hand!  Be sure to air dry and skip the pre-rinse cycle as most newer models are effective enough to get your dishes clean without the added step!
As Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, our goal is to provide you with tips and advice on getting the most out of the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle and we hope these ideas help!
We are always here to help with your real estate needs by answering questions about buying or selling a home on Deep Creek Lake, or any other real estate questions you may have.
Please feel free to contact us anytime!  We would love to help you reach your Deep Creek Lake real estate goals!

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

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