Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Save Energy & Go Green in Your Deep Creek Lake Home!

It’s hard to believe we’re in the month of November and that the holiday season is just around the corner!  As we enter into the cooler months here on Deep Creek Lake, we find ourselves ready for evenings cozied up by the fire with family and friends in our Deep Creek Lake home.

For those of you who currently own a Deep Creek Lake home, or you’ve visited our shores for a great vacation, you know that Deep Creek Lake is committed to keeping its surroundings as natural and beautiful as possible.  While our community is active in being as eco-friendly as possible; we can all do our part.  

As Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Lake Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we are always helping buyers find their ideal home and go through the home buying process with ease.  But, we also want to help buyers keep their homes in great condition and make them aware of how to go green in their own home!  Here are a few tips that can make a big difference during the cold weather season.

1. Use Your Fireplace- 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.

2. 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!

3. Program Your Thermostat- Setting your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Deep Creek Lake home or while you’re sleeping will automatically help reduce energy used, as well as costs! 

4. Prevent 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!

5. Use the Sun- 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.

6. 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!

7. 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.

We hope these tips are helpful as you consider ways to cut down on energy usage and create an eco-friendly environment in your Deep Creek Lake home!  While it may not seem like you’re doing a lot; every little bit helps to keep our environment clean!

If you’d like to learn more about the Deep Creek Lake lifestyle or are interested in viewing some of the homes currently on the Deep Creek Lake Real Estate market; please let us know!  We would be happy to meet with you and help you find the home of your dreams on Deep Creek Lake!

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

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