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If you’re looking to save more energy and money around your home, perhaps one of the first places that you should look is your plugs. Take a look around your rooms and see what outlets are being used. If every outlet is full of plugs, you may have some adjustments to make. 


There are so many things in our homes that require plugs including TV’s, microwaves, toasters, clocks, refrigerators, phone chargers, and more. 


Anything that is always plugged in actually adds to your electric bill whether you’re using it or not. This is known as phantom power usage. Even when a device isn’t turned on, it’s still using energy.


You don’t want to go around your home and unplug everything, only to plug it back in when you need to use it. Use this handy guide to discover what you should unplug and what you can leave plugged in your home in order to save some energy and some money. 


What To Unplug


Small Appliances


Large appliances in your kitchen would be impractical to constantly plug in and unplug. Smaller appliances, however, are much easier to manage. These include toasters, coffee makers, food processors, and microwaves. The small digital clocks on many of these devices, for example, are constantly using energy. Do you really need the function? If you don’t need to know the time, you should just unplug it and save your home some energy usage. 


Chargers


We need to charge just about all of our devices including laptops, iPads, phones, and even electric toothbrushes. these items don’t need to be plugged in all the time. Once a device is charged fully, be sure to unplug it. It’s only wasting energy otherwise!  


Computers


Unplug your computer each and every night. Screen savers and sleep modes don’t actually save much power from being used while your computer is plugged in. It’s a good idea to keep your computer unplugged for safety reasons as well. A strike of lighting hitting, for example, can cause your entire system to fry.


Keep These Items Plugged In


There are certain items that you can leave plugged in at your home without worry. These items include:


  • Power strips
  • Nondigital items
  • Items without clock or LCD displays




Power strips are particularly useful for items like entertainment centers and computer setups. Flipping the switch to the off position on the power strip helps to stop the phantom power usage. The convenient thing is that you won’t need to plug and unplug everything in individually, and you’ll still save power. 


Saving energy and money is easy when you have the right strategies put in place.


You'll want to staycation all year long in this custom built Cape in desirable North Dighton! This home sits on a quiet side street off the main road. The 1st floor plan centers on a custom professional grade kitchen that looks down to a recessed living room surrounded by natural light. The generously sized dining area provides a beautiful view of the front porch and large front yard. All windows in the home have been equipped with custom plantation shutters. There is a first floor master suite, complete with a luxurious master bath including tub & custom glass shower and double sinks. The second floor features two front-to-back bedrooms with dormers and two large closets in each room. This home features Nest thermostats and energy efficient heating/cooling systems with the combination of spray foam insulation. The large backyard features a beautiful stone wall abutting an organic farm. Contact us for your private showing today!!

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1353 Smith St, Dighton, MA 02715

North Dighton

Single-Family

$475,000
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
You'll want to staycation all year long in this custom built Cape in desirable North Dighton! This home sits on a quiet side street off the main road. The 1st floor plan centers on a custom professional grade kitchen that looks down to a recessed living room surrounded by natural light. The generously sized dining area provides a beautiful view of the front porch and large front yard. All windows in the home have been equipped with custom plantation shutters. There is a first floor master suite, complete with a luxurious master bath including tub & custom glass shower and double sinks. The second floor features two front-to-back bedrooms with dormers and two large closets in each room. This home features Nest thermostats and energy efficient heating/cooling systems with the combination of spray foam insulation. The large backyard features a beautiful stone wall abutting an organic farm. Contact us for your private showing today!!
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Moving day; you’ve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move.

With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become dangerous.

To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, I’ve provided some tips that every mover should keep in mind.

Make plans for pets and young children

The last thing you want on the first day in your new home is to be wandering around the neighborhood looking for your dog who slipped away during the move. If possible, make arrangements for pets to stay with friends or family for moving day to make things easier.

If you need to bring your pets along, it’s a good idea to put them in a “playroom” with their toys, water bowl, etc. while you have the door to the house open. Not only will it stop them from running out, but it will also prevent you from tripping over them while you carry the couch.

Don’t be a hero

It’s our tendency to want to do a job ourselves if we want it done right. But, when it comes to moving, that philosophy can lead to a thrown out back and a damper on your plans.

When it comes to getting large and heavy objects in and out of the house, make sure you have at least one other person ready to lift with you.

Stack from heaviest to lightest

It may seem obvious, but in the confusion of a move, it can be easy to pack your truck or van in a less-than-ideal way. Rather than playing Tetris with your boxes, try to focus on weight instead. You don’t want heavy boxes near the roof in case they fall on you or on your other belongings.

Place the largest and heavier items in the van first. This will allow you to plan the rest of the load around them, rather than having to move them around to make room.

Take a breather

As tempting as it may be, you don’t have to finish everything in one day. As long as your truck is locked and secure, it’s okay if you don’t bring in every single box. Resting throughout the day and staying hydrated, especially when moving in the summer, will help you stay sharp and ready to keep working.

Have an emergency plan

If you take precautions, you most likely won’t have to worry about emergencies. However, accidents do happen and it’s best to be prepared for them when they do. If you or a family member requires medication, make sure it’s handy and that everyone knows where it is.

Similarly, label your first aid kit and keep it with your necessities during the move.


If you follow these tips, your moving day should be a simple and safe process and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.



33 Roy St, New Bedford, MA 02745

Single-Family

$260,000
Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Welcome home too this adorable bungalow style home! Newer roof as well as vinyl siding and enclosed front porch where you can sit and enjoy a cool summer breeze! Nice layout featuring spacious living room flowing into dining room all with gleaming hardwood flooring. Kitchen includes updates with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. First floor holds two bedrooms and full bath, second floor features one bedroom with plenty of closet space as well as bonus space for even more options, this house is a must see!
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