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5 Tips for a Cooler Home

August 2, 2016 1:45 am


Relief from the heat can be hard to come by in August, when the mercury tends to rise to uncomfortably high temperatures. In times like these, many homeowners consume excess energy, and incur higher-than-normal costs.

“People have the power to lower energy costs even on the hottest days of the year,” says Brian Rich, chief information officer and senior vice president of Customer Experience of Consumers Energy.

One of the simplest ways to do that, Rich says, is to raise the air conditioning thermostat by a few degrees when the house is unoccupied. When members of the household are home, Rich recommends keeping the temperature at a constant 78 degrees.

Consider cooling only areas that see use, Rich adds. Keep all doors and registers in these rooms closed—doing so will not only prevent cool air from escaping, but also keep the air conditioning unit from consuming too much energy.

Closing window treatments during the daytime is also wise. Rich says blocking the rays of the sun when they’re at their strongest noticeably cools the home, and also spares the air conditioning unit the power needed to cool a sun-filled house.

Avoid using heat-producing appliances, as well, Rich says, especially at peak temperatures during the day. This includes the stove and the dryer.

Lastly, consider having your air conditioning unit tuned up. At minimum, clean the filter regularly, Rich advises.

Source: Consumers Energy
 

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10 Stress-Less Tips for a Move

August 2, 2016 1:45 am


(BPT)—Do you know upwards of 15 million people move during peak real estate season?

Moving is an exciting time, but can also be overwhelming. Take the stress out of the process with these tips, courtesy of Penske Truck Rental:

1. Prepare to pack. Save time by ordering moving supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, labels and tape in advance online.

2. Purge. Less is more when it comes to moving. Donate, sell or toss items that you no longer use, rather than pack them.

3. Reserve a truck early. Reserve a moving truck at least two weeks ahead of your move. Allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully-furnished.

4. Pack smart. Start the packing process by boxing up out-of-season and non-essential items. Leave a box open, if necessary—it's easier to tape a box shut on moving day than it is to pack it at the last minute.

5. Label well. Labeling can save you hours of unpacking. Begin by labeling each box with the room it belongs in, followed by details about the contents, such as “fragile.” (Bonus Tip: Keep boxes from the same room grouped together on the truck.)

6. Transfer services. Contact your service and utility providers to discontinue cable, gas, electricity, refuse collection and water. Schedule the cut-off for a day or two after your move, in case there is a delay due to unforeseen circumstances.

7. Pick up the truck the night before. Pick up your truck rental the evening before the move to save time on moving day. Get familiarized with the vehicle and verify the best driving directions to your new home.

8. Start early. Depart early in the morning to avoid traffic and allow extra time to unload at your new home.

9. Drive wise. Moving trucks require more distance to stop. Be aware of low-hanging tree branches and building overhangs. Park only in well-lit areas, and keep the rear door padlocked and the passenger compartment doors locked.

10. Keep important items on-hand. Pack a road trip bag to keep your phone, paperwork, credit cards, identification, a set of clothes, beverages and snacks close at hand while you drive.

Source: Penske Truck Rental (PenskeTruckRental.com)
 

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