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Friday, March 25, 2016   /   by Michael Axelrad

Buying a home in #Westhampton Beach #realestate http://ow.ly/ZWnjs

Shops line Main Street in Westhampton Beach, a tight-knit community working to revitalize its downtown, according to Trustee Brian Tymann

One undeniable appeal is the village beaches, which have been rated among the world’s best, according to Westhampton Beach Trustee Brian Tymann. Tymann calls the village “the first Hampton” — saying it has the benefit of being closer to Manhattan and lacking the heavier traffic farther east on the South Fork.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015   /   by Michael Axelrad

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Utility Costs

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Utility Costs
 
Many homeowners think there’s not much they can do about telephone, heating, water and other utility expenses.
Sure, you may grumble about a high heating bill one month, but what can you do about it?
 
Turns out, you can do plenty. There are several ways to reduce monthly utility costs that can save you tens or even hundreds of dollars.
For example:
 
·     Shop around for a better phone plan. Then contact your phone company. They might match the rates.
 
·     Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. You likely don’t need tap water to be that hot.
 
·     Clean the screen on your outside air conditioning unit regularly. (Gently with the water hose.)
Dirt and leaves can build up on it, reducing the unit’s efficiency.
 
·     Leverage the sun. Open curtains in ...

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