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COMFORT Add More Light When You


Remodel Bathroom, Kitchen Spring and summer are popular seasons for home improve-


ment work. And as the economy picks up, more homeowners are sprucing up two rooms whose renovations they put off during leaner years: the kitchen and bathroom. If you’re updating the two most-used rooms in your home,


include extra lighting in your designs. As we age, additional lighting around the house becomes a


must. In the bathroom, place a light on the ceiling, over the


shower, and over the sink or on the sides of the mirror. Attach overhead lights to a dimmer switch, as they can cast shadows that make it hard to properly apply makeup. In the kitchen, insist on an overhead light, and add more lights under cabinets to shine on countertops where you work with knives and prepare food. Install pendant lights over an island or large countertop both to add light and update the décor.


Lighting is too often overlooked during a remodeling proj- ect. But it’s one of the most practical upgrades you can make to a bathroom or kitchen.


Run Ceiling Fans to Stay Comfortable


Installing and running ceiling fans during the summer will make you feel cooler and more comfortable while you are in a room where one is operating. Because the fans move the air, they create a subtle breeze that feels good


when it blows across your skin. So running a fan in an unoccupied room is a waste of energy. If nobody is


there to feel the breeze, there’s no reason to create it. A ceiling fan doesn’t cool the house; it just makes someone who is sitting or


standing nearby feel cooler. So turn off your fans when you leave a room, and flip them back on when


you return. A tip: Installing ceiling fans in rooms where your family spends the most time is a good investment in energy efficiency. When you run a ceiling fan, your comfort level will increase so much that you can turn the air conditioner thermostat up by 4 degrees without feeling any difference.


Pay•as•you•go New Pre-Pay Program


Coming This Summer


Choose when to pay your electric bill. Buy electricity when it is convenient. Monitor your electric consumption. June 2013 VVEC Power Circuit 3


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