In the mountains or the beach, many people now are starting to make it a tradition to get a rental vacation home.  In the mountains, a mountain cabin, a mountain chalet, or mountain villa might be a good choice for your vacation lodging.  At the beach, you can usually find a nice condo rental or beach home that...

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Save Money on Your Electric Bill (Tips from Gatlinburg, Tennessee)

Did you know that you can save money on your electric bill? Here are some tips on how to lower the cost of your electricity in Gatlinburg, TN:


  1. Set thermostat to 68 or lower during the Winter. Above that, heating costs go up almost 5% per degree increase.  This is especially true in colder climates like the Smoky Mountains.
  2. Have a programmable thermostat installed so that it will keep boundaries set to curb extreme electricity use.
    1. Change air filters monthly in your residential or vacation home.
  3. Keep all vents & returns open for adequate air flow throughout the whole house or cabin.
  4. Insulate your outlets throughout your home or Tennessee chalet.
  5. Turn off your water heater if you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time.
  6. Set water heater temperature to 120.
  7. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs & save up to 75% over incandescent bulbs.
  8. Keep curtains on the south side of the house or Smoky Mountain cabin & closed on the north side during the day to help keep the home warm.
  9. Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm.

*Perform your own home energy audit online at http://www.energyright.com/

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