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- 5 Reasons Why Spring is Delightful
- Hurricane Go Boxes [Download Checklist]
- Spring is the Perfect Time to Do A Home Energy Check
5 Reasons Why Spring is Delightful
Spring is a great time of year. Chances are that you agree and don’t need any convincing. Just in case you need a reminder, here are 5 reasons why we all love spring.
- People tend to be the most comfortable when it’s 72 degrees. Spring is the time of year when it’s not too cold and not too hot – just right!
- More daylight. Daylight Savings time brings extra hours of daylight. This has been proven to be a sure-fire mood-booster.
- Enjoy the outdoors. The extra sunlight and comfortable temperatures are great for outdoor activities.
- Trees and plants are blooming creating beautiful scenery.
- Fresh produce. More local and seasonal produce begin to become available, usually driving prices down. And we all love that!
Hurricane Go Boxes [Download Checklist]
As you go about your spring cleaning, incorporate your “Hurricane Go Box” into your chores. Last year, our staff put together a great checklist to make sure you are ready to go, when it’s time to go.
Our FREE downloadable checklist includes all the major items you may or may not think about taking as you run out the door – including important papers, various types of payment methods (in case credit card machines are down), and the benefits of cloud computing. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did!
Spring is the Perfect Time to Do A Home Energy Check
We all want to save money and hate wasting money on inefficient energy uses. A Wired.com article states that, according to the United States Energy Information Administration, the average home “uses around 867 kilowatt hours per month.” That may not seem like a lot, but here four ways to trim your usage, save some money, and become more environmentally conscious:
Run the Numbers. The first step is to determine how much energy you are using.
Not sure how to do that? Use this handy online tool (https://hes.lbl.gov/consumer) that will walk you through and give you recommendations.
Heating/Air Conditioning. Granted, winter is behind us now, but there may still be some chilly evenings ahead. It’s worth checking it out, as heating is the second largest energy expense in U.S. homes, with air conditioning being number one. Clean or replace air filters to improve efficiency.
Shut Things Off. Don’t forget to turn things off when you aren’t using them. And consider replacing old appliances like microwaves, dishwashers, etc. with newer models that are much more energy-efficient.
Washer and Dryer. Most of your washing machine’s energy use is heating the water. Today’s detergents are formulated for cold water washes reducing the need to wash all clothes in warm or hot water. Keeping the lint screen and dryer duct clean helps your dryer run more efficiently.
This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your family’s insurance, please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance. We are here to help.