Monthly Archives: April 2019

Lower Energy Costs Before the Summer Heat Hits

It may only be the end of April, but summer’s a’comin’. And with that comes higher energy bills. But you can combat that right now. Lower energy costs before the summer heat hits by performing a few DIY tasks right now.

Lower energy costs in your Marco Island/Naples home before the summer heat hits by performing these simple DIY tasks right now.

How to Lower Energy Costs Right Now

Window Coverings

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Uncovered windows allow the sun’s rays to heat up the inside of your home. They also allow cooler inside air to escape through small cracks or holes. Because of this, you may end up spending up to 25% more in energy costs. Adding something as simple as thicker draperies that completely cover your windows help lower energy costs . And all you need is a screwdriver, a step stool, a good piece of fabric, and a level to make it happen.

Replace Worn Out Caulking/Weatherstripping

Do you feel a slight breeze when you stand near your window? It might be due to worn out, dry, cracked caulking. For just $2, you can purchase interior window caulking at your local home improvement store. Make sure the caulking is a good quality one and can be painted. Don’t use any caulking meant for exterior use. It must be interior use only. Pipe a bead of it around the window where the trim meets the wall and between the trim and the frame. Weatherstripping works well for window joints. If you have any questions, talk to the expert at your home improvement store. It’s very simple to install caulking and weatherstripping. Even a novice should have no problem.

Clean Your Sills

It might sound silly but a simple cleaning of your window sills may be enough to stop a small air leak and lower energy costs. How? Dirt buildup prevents windows from sealing properly. Thus, air leaks occur. When that happens, it costs more to cool off the interior of your home. Just use soap and water to clean out the sill. For stuck-on grime, a scrubber or old toothbrush should loosen it up enough to wipe away. Don’t forget the tracks in your sliding glass doors, too. This task is so simple that you might even be able to let the kids help you with it. And it costs nothing if you already have the soap and scrubber on hand.

Add a Door Sweep

Another area where a house loses energy is through the exterior doors. Stand in your interior entryway and look at your front door during the day. Do you see daylight streaming through? Then you’re losing energy. One way to stop this from happening is to add a door sweep to the bottom of the door. They create a seal that prevents hot air from coming in and cool air from exiting. The result? Lower energy costs. Some door sweeps install without any hardware whatsoever. Others you’ll need to screw into the door frame. Costs run around $10 to $20 each and take minutes to install.

Inspect Your Air Ducts

Finally, lower energy costs by taking a look at your air ducts. You should be able to see them in your crawl space, attic, unfinished basement area and/or garage. Look for any visible holes or tears. Contrary to what its name implies, forget about using duct tape. Instead, opt for mastic or foil tape. A roll will only set you back about $10 to $15 and can be found at any home improvement store. All you’ll need to complete the task once you purchase your tape is a flashlight.

Before temperatures begin to soar, lower energy costs by completing these simple DIY tasks right now. They don’t take a lot of skill, money or time either. Anybody can do these and you’ll save some money in the process.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos?

Naples Food Angels Seeks Volunteers Now

According to NoKidHungry.org, almost 40 million people in the United States experienced food insecurity in 2017. Children make up more than 13 million of that total. While it may be hard for many people to believe, thousands of these people reside right here in the Naples area. Places like Naples Food Angels help this underserved part of society every single week. But they could use your help in collecting, organizing, and distributing the food that passes through their facility each week. They need volunteers right now.

If you need to fulfill a community service requirement or just want to help out a great cause, volunteer for the Naples Food Angels right now. They could use your help.

What Do Naples Food Angels Do?

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During the week, Naples Food Angels visits local grocery stores to pick up almost expired foodstuffs (canned, boxed, fresh, frozen, etc). They bring it back to The Current Community Center located at 13510 Tamiami Trail North #4 in Naples. There, they sort all items out into appropriate sections.

On Saturdays, they open up their facility to the public from 10:30 am to 12 pm. All visitors shop to their heart’s content, no questions asked. No money ever changes hands either. After that, they take to the streets and bring the mobile pantry to those in need and without transportation. Every Wednesday evening, they cook up and serve a hot meal to the community as well as pass out food to take home.

Naples Food Angels Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to become a Naples Food Angels volunteer? They need people to help with picking up retail rescue food every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. They also need assistance with unloading vehicles, organizing food, and placing it on the shelves at The Current on those same days. Every Wednesday, volunteers pack up filling station backs for homeless school-aged children and deliver those bags to two local Naples area schools. They could use your help in preparing and serving meals every Wednesday as well as passing out or assisting clients with their food selections on Wednesday nights (6 pm to 7:30 pm) and Saturday mornings (10:30 am to 12 pm).

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these positions, please contact Naples Food Angels at (239) 298-9506 or send them an email letting them know you’d like to offer up your time. Volunteer service always looks great on college applications. You can also use this opportunity to fulfill your court-ordered community service requirement if needed. Simply bring any necessary forms from your school, the court, or a civic organization (such as Boy/Girl Scouts). Give them to the people in charge before you start your “shift”.

If you can’t volunteer your time, Naples Food Angels also accept donations. Food items and toiletries can be dropped off at The Current on Saturday mornings from 10:30 am to 12 pm or Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Or, you can donate money online at any time. With this money, the angels purchase more foodstuffs for the pantry. Together, we can help end hunger in our community.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos?

StayinMay Festival 2019 in Naples is Bigger and Better Than Ever

One of the biggest and most diverse events in Southwest Florida straddles April and May every single year. And this year’s StayinMay Festival appears to be even bigger and better than ever before. So, if you plan on staying in the Naples area anytime between April 24th and May 7th, you might want to check out the festival calendar to see what’s going on, when it’s happening, and where you can catch it. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this amazing event!

The Naples StayinMay Festival 2019 truly offers something for everyone. Between April 24th and May 7th, enjoy live music, fantastic food, amazing art, short films, and so much more.

What: StayinMay Festival 2019
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples
When: April 24th to May 7th
Cost: Varies per event (free to $95)
Contact: StayinMay website

StayinMay Festival 2019

StayinMay Festival Music

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StayinMay Festival 2019 literally offers something for just about everyone to enjoy. Do you like music? Several different groups perform everything from bluegrass to pop to classical music. The Henri Mancini Institute hosts a string trio one night and a piano trio another night. Visit the South Regional Library for Duke Ellington and Billy Stayhorn-era jazz music. If you love a capella, listen to the Grammy nominated Seraphic Fire perform at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church on the final evening of the festival. For laughs and music, watch the 3 Redneck Tenors tackle everything from opera to bluegrass at Hilton Naples on the first night of the festival.

StayinMay Festival Food

Do you love food? Get your tickets for the “Flavor of Brazil” hosted by Venue Naples on May 2nd. Enjoy a special chef’s dinner featuring fantastic Brazilian food. While you eat, an artist paints a picture on the spot taking inspiration from the wonderful land that evening’s food comes from.

The food industry is pumping out some incredibly talented chefs. If you’d like to taste a dish prepared by future culinary superstars, come to Venue Naples on May 6th. Local area high school students enrolled in culinary programs want to “wow” you with food they’ve prepared from their favorite countries.

StayinMay Festival Movies

Do you love movies? You have the chance to see three different short film festivals throughout the entire fun of StayinMay Festival 2019. Sheffield Theater hosts all three on April 28th, May 1st, and May 5th. It costs just $15 per day to view three award-winning films on their respective days.

StayinMay Festival Art

Do you love art? Join the Art Alive Gallery Hop on May 1st. Visit 60 different galleries around the Naples area. Several of the artists featured put together special gift baskets to be given away to guests that evening. Admission to Art Alive is absolutely free.

Many other events take place throughout the entire 12-day StayinMay Festival 2019. To find out more about each event as well as purchase your tickets, visit the StayinMay website. Most of these events sell out quickly. So, I’d suggest you get online and reserve your tickets today.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Earth Day 2019 Fun at the Conservancy

Officially, April 22nd is Earth Day. But, honestly, every day should be Earth Day. For almost 50 years, people and organizations use this day to point out what we should be doing to help the environment. When everyone makes even a small change in their unhealthy habits, it makes a mighty big impact. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida highlights how our day-to-day habits affect wildlife at their Naples Earth Day 2019 event.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosts their Naples Earth Day 2019 activities on April 13th. Enjoy several hands-on activities, interactive exhibits, and fun yet educational introductions to various animals living at the conservancy.

What: Naples Earth Day 2019
Where: Conservancy of Southwest Florida (1495 Smith Preserve Way)
When: Saturday, April 13th, 10 am to 3 pm
Admission: $10/adult, $5/child
Contact: Conservancy of SW Florida (239) 262-0304

Naples Earth Day 2019 at the Conservancy

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This year, the Conservancy celebrates Naples Earth Day 2019 on Saturday, April 13th. Mr. Glen hosts the Super Science Show with his animal buddies (both puppets and real life). Various staff members discuss how animals spend their day, including reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. Travel around the waterways at the Conservancy via boat.

Kids will love all of the interactive exhibits on display. Get your face painted before you participate in an archaeological “dig” for prehistoric fossils. Visit the care center to see how the conservancy makes sick animals feel better. Play some of the fun games set up on-site. And, when you get hungry, stop at one of the food trucks for delicious bite to eat.

Admission to Naples Earth Day 2019

Admission to all Naples Earth Day 2019 activities at the Conservancy is totally affordable for all. Adults pay just $10 per person. Each kid costs $5 per person. However, if you’re a member of the conservancy or are under two years old, you get in for free. Everyone is welcome. Ask about how to become a member when you visit. It’s easy to join and worth much more than the price of admission. Happy Earth Day!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos