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Surprising – and Simple – Ways to Cut Your Energy Use

Hard to believe, but the holiday season is nearly upon us! Northwest Florida home owners can give their wallets – and Mother Nature – a gift during this pre-holiday season by taking advantage of these simple, surprising ways to save energy and money.

Did you know that you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp, or lower its dimmer switch, and not lose a noticeable amount of light? It’s all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

If you’re reading this article on a laptop, you’re using 1/3 less energy than if you’re reading it on a desktop.

If you’re among those considering a flat-screen upgrade from your conventional (CRT) TV, choose an LCD screen TV for the biggest energy savings.

Just like you pile on extra layers in the winter, your hot water heater can use some extra insulation too. A fiberglass insulation blanket is a simple addition that can cut heat loss and save 4% to 9% on the average water-heating bill.

When you turn off an electric burner, it doesn’t cool off immediately. Use that to your advantage by turning it off early, and using the residual heat to finish up your dish.

You might be diligent about shutting off unnecessary lights, but are your kids? Probably not so much. Adding motion sensors to playrooms and bedrooms cost only $15 to $50 per light, and ensures you don’t pay for energy you’re not using.

The faster your washing machine can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less you’ll need to use your dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so effectively, they cut drying time and energy consumption in half – which results in an equal drop in your dryer’s energy bill.

Stop using your automatic icemaker. It increases your fridge’s energy consumption by 14% to 20%. Ice cube trays, on the other hand, don’t increase your energy costs one iota.

If you think doing your dishes by hand is greener than powering up the dishwasher, you’re wrong. Dishwashers use about 1/3 as much hot water and relieve that much strain from your energy-taxing water heater. Added bonus: you don’t have to wash any dishes.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Panama City Beach or Destin, the Veach Team is prepared to help you find the Florida home of your dreams. Contact us today, and let us show you why “Life is a Beach” here in beautiful Destin! And don’t forget to “LIKE” us on Facebook – we’d love to talk with you.

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