Whether you’re a long-term homeowner or ready to buy your first home, you’re likely aware rising energy costs. America’s lowest-income families currently spend around 22% of their total income on energy while electricity prices have risen by 30% over the last decade. This has caused many Americans to consider alternative methods of powering their home.… Continue Reading Three Easy Ways to Incorporate Solar Power into Your Home
If you’re a homeowner or planning on becoming one, it’s normal to want to upgrade your home. While there are many exciting home upgrade methods, such as improving your kitchen or adding a swimming pool, one of the best is improving your home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, improving your home energy efficiency doesn’t have to break… Continue Reading Five Powerful Home Energy Improvements and their Costs
If you’re thinking about buying a home (or regularly read our blog), you may have heard that interest rates are rising. Rising interest rates have powerful effects on the mortgage industry and individual homebuyers. While many of these effects are seen as negative (such as buyers having higher mortgage payments), there are also positive aspects… Continue Reading Five Ways that Rising Interest Rates Can Be Positive
Your state’s cost of living matters, whether you want to build a home, are a first time homebuyer, or plan to raise a family. If a low cost of living is what you’re after, here are America’s five most affordable states in 2017. TennesseeThe Volunteer State is most known for its country music, Elvis, and… Continue Reading America’s Most Affordable States in 2017
As we move into February, many of us are still following our new year’s resolutions and goals. One of best resolutions (or goal for any time period) is improving our finances. Open Mortgage provided some financial resolution tips and strategies in a recent blog post. Whether you want to maintain your financial resolutions or simply… Continue Reading Six Easy Tips to Save Money Around The House
A recent study estimates that as many as 33% of Americans have $0 saved away for retirement, and over half have “less than $10,000.” Fewer employers offer any form of retirement package, and given the financial demands of the modern household, it’s no wonder that so few workers are able to save for the future.… Continue Reading How Much Retirement Savings Do You Need?
It’s the holiday season, and many of us are busy buying gifts for family and friends. But how much you spend on those gifts may have a negative impact on your credit score. If you’re planning on buying a home in 2017, it’s good financial strategy to hold off on buying expensive gifts. It’s also… Continue Reading Ideas for Saving Money on Holiday Gifts
Water is the foundation of life on earth, and the average household uses a lot! In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average home of four uses 400 gallons of water per day (and spends $1,100 per year in water costs). With the ongoing drought in much of the United States, it’s… Continue Reading How to Save Water at Home
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and December is nearly here. As temperatures drop and snow begins falling in many US regions, home utility bills are about to rise. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting a 22% increase in energy bills this winter. To lower this cost that none of us enjoy paying,… Continue Reading Want to lower your winter utility bill? Here’s how!
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