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Extreme Weather Energy Saving: Summer Heat

by Dex Hubbard

While we are blessed to live in the mountains, and face temperate weather most of the time, the summer heat is coming. I love the power bill that comes in April & May,
but the higher July & August are on the way! To stay cool and save money, it’s time to do an energy check on your house.

 

  1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
    these things are amazing! And you can save 3-5% on a/c costs for each degree you raise the thermostat. 

  2. Close the Door! (& the Vents)
    If there is a room you’re not using, shut the door. Also, shut the vents to that room. And make sure to keep your filters clean. Our heating/air guy recommended that we change the filter every month; so when we pay the power bill; we change the filter. Not only is it more energy efficient but it also keeps your HVAC system healthy!

  3. Seal the Holes!
    If you’ve got a window unit, use weather stripping or foam insulation around it to seal the spaces. Check your doors and windows for gaps.

  4. Buy Power Strips
    Phone chargers, TV’s, VCR’s, tablets, toasters, microwave, and lamps use electricity even when they are off. Use power strips instead, and turn off the power strip when you leave the house.

  5. Timers & Motion Detectors.
    We get it, your outdoor lighting is on point. A neighbor walking down the street might think your yard is a magical fairy forest because of the bulbs carefully strung across
    the portico or be envious of your lighted walk way. But leaving it on all night is costing you money. Try timers or motion detectors instead, so you can use your lighting to wow (and to see) without losing all that money.

  6. Curtains
    Getting thick or energy efficient curtains is a manageable expense that makes a huge difference in the summer. Before you leave the house in the morning, draw the curtains and let them deflect the sun’s
    rays. Keeping the house cool naturally means less work for your HVAC unit.

  7.  Clothes Lines
    One of my favorite ideas for saving energy is using the clothes line instead of the dryer! While that may be because of my        fond childhood memories running in-between billowing sheets, I also love how
     the clothes smell coming off the line. 

Murphy River Walk

by Dex Hubbard

Meandering throughout the heart of Murphy North Carolina, the River Walk is a fantastic place to spend your time. Following the Valley River, you’ll meet the Hiwassee River. Approximately 3 miles from one end to the other, the focus remains on the river, but you pass additional beautiful landmarks along the path. Starting at Konehete Park, follow the trail across the bridge, and stately trees to the fabled home of the Great Leach, legend of the Cherokee Indians. Continue past the old train bridge, over the boardwalk, and all the way to the L&N Depot. In the summer, Lake Hiwassee is full, and the water backs up into the lowlands and creates the kayak and canoe trails. The boardwalk is surrounded by water in the summer, and strolling on the river, surrounded by the river, is a unique experience that is hard to describe or duplicate.

You’ll see all types of people enjoying the River walk. For exercise, jogging and running along it is a popular use. You’ll also spot the nature seekers, sedately wandering, gazing at the natural beauty and maybe capturing a moment with their camera. Fisherman (and woman) love to sit on the banks and cast a line in the warm afternoons.

The River Walk is a community project, and the communities love for it is evidenced everywhere you look.  Volunteers help with upkeep certainly, as well as paying for gravel and other materials out of their own pocket. The hand crafted signs marking the paths are reclaimed cedar wood, from Doyle’s Cedar Hill restaurant brush with the tornado. An outdoor Performance Pavilion was constructed together with the Cherokee County Arts Council.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) constructed the new covered bridge, with the River Walk assuming responsibility for the upkeep. David & Debra, of the Celebrate Life Gallery, in conjunction with local business Digital Creations USA, created the beautiful 2016 Calendar featuring the River Walk, of which all of the proceeds go directly to support the River Walk & Canoe trails.  Linda, a face as familiar as her bookstore, The Curiosity Shop, carries the calendars for sale in Downtown Murphy.

The best thing about Murphy North Carolina, is not the natural beauty of the mountains, it’s the people. And no better proof of that exists then looking at something the people love, like The River Walk.
Murphy and the area surrounding it is a true community. A community that comes together for beautiful projects, and for its neighbors when they need help. The southern hospitality is evident walking down the sidewalks, driving down the roads, and interacting with the people.

This is life at its’ best.
Care to join us?

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Dex Hubbard
RE/MAX Mountain Properties
1151 W US Hwy 64
Murphy NC 28906
828-837-3002
828-361-4710
Fax: 828-837-8372