If you want to keep your home comfortably cool while saving energy dollars during the warm months, here's an idea: don't add extra heat in your home. In practical terms, that means:* Use your microwave or countertop appliances for cooking chores instead of your oven or stove. Better yet, grill some burgers outdoors.* Run your dryer and dishwasher at night instead of the day. Or let your clothes and dishes air dry. Also, wash only full loads.* Keep out heat from the sun by keeping drapes, blinds and shades closed during the hottest parts of the day.* After a shower or bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity. Better to take short showers instead of baths.* Set your thermostat as high as comfortably as possible. Each degree above 78 can save 6-7 percent off cooling costs. Also, don't try to cool faster by setting a thermostat colder than normal. It won't help and could result in added energy expense.* Install a programmable thermostat to save energy while you're away and comfortable while home.* Ceiling fans will create cool breeze and keep air circulating in the home and, the Department of Energy says, will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without reducing comfort.* Replacing an aging central air conditioning with a new Energy Star qualified model can reduce cooling costs by 20 percent.
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" My husband Kent and I relocated to Gonzales, LA in late June of 2014. We have friends in the real estate business in Ruston so naturally we asked them if they knew any agents in this area. They recommended Dana Hedrick. Moving at any age is traumatic but at 65+it is a daunting task. We contacted Dana and she immediately went to work to find what we needed.
She found us the "perfect" property, made sure we were the first to see it and guided us through the negotiations and purchase. Dana asked all the right questions, gave us excellent advice and was very familiar with the Baton Rouge area. First we found an excellent realtor; now we have a very good friend. Dana is a real professional.
Libby and Kent Follette
Realtor: Dana Hedrick
Date Bought: 2014"