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Publication: northumberland-1224 - Page 11
Publisher: Northumberland Today | Special Sections | Real Estate | 2014-12-23 15:40:08

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014 / NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY.COM Wednesday, December 24, 2014 n NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY.COM PAGE D5 n D5 Create an energy-efficient home for the holidays 'Tis the season to be festive, and that usually means stringing up hundreds of twinkling lights to create a welcoming glow on dark winter nights. Some people view the holiday season as their chance to go all out with regard to decorating their homes with an abundance of lights, inflatable lawn ornaments and maybe even some mechanical figures. While these decorations certainly may be symbols of the season, it's easy to forget just how much energy and resources they consume. A typical strand of lights uses around 300 watts of electricity. Multiply those figures by the dozens of strings of lights people use and it's easy to see how quickly energy usage can add up. In addition to lights, lit candles, animated dolls, wreaths, trees, and scores of imported ornaments contribute to the energy consumption per household. Eve ...

Publication: northumberland-1224 - Page 12
Publisher: Northumberland Today | Special Sections | Real Estate | 2014-12-23 15:40:08

AD{TS3578890} PAGE D6 n D6 NORTHUMBERLAND NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY.COM TODAY.COM n Wednesday, / WEDNESDAY, December DECEMBER 24, 2014 4 ways to protect your home from holiday hazards (NC) Snow is falling outside, crowds swarm shopping malls, and eggnog is chilling in the fridge. The festive season is a joyful time of year but it also involves its own unique set of risks ? and many are not anticipated. Here's a guideline with four of the most important tips to ward off the threat to your good tidings and cheer: 1. The more light, the better The days have shortened and you can no longer count on the sun to illuminate the nooks and crannies of your property. Ice patches can lurk on your driveway and walkway, making daily wanders more hazardous. Even if you regularly shovel and de-ice, you, your family, or your guests face potential slips and falls. Now is a good time to install additional lighting. ?Consider motion-sensor lighting,? says Tanya Page, an insurance expert with Western Financial ...

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