Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Create An Eco-Friendly Environment in Your Lexington Home This Winter!

Lexington MA is famous for its link to history and its charming town that draws in visitors each year.  Those living in Lexington would also attest that the historic charm and warm community is one of the main reasons they chose to settle in to this great community.  

But did you know that Lexington has another unique feature?  Lexington has a “Green Community” designation that highlights Lexington’s committment to the environment.  There are five clean energy benchmarks that make a community “green”, which you can read more about on the Lexington MA website.  

One of the great things about Lexington’s pursuit of a cleaner environment is that it’s not just up to the city’s officials or government employees; we all can play a part!  As a Lexington Real Estate agent, I want to showcase some ways that you can be eco-friendly in your Lexington home this coming winter.  Take a look!

1. Set the Timer- Set your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Lexington 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 Massachusetts’ 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 Lexington 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!

I hope these tips inspire you to take the next steps in making your Lexington home more “green”!  It may seem like small changes, but these can all add up to a big difference as we all do our part to make Lexington an even better community!

Have questions about living in Lexington?  Let me know!  I would love the opportunity to talk with you and help you with any of your Lexington Real Estate needs!

Theresa D'Antuono

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