Don’t Waste your Money: Ways to Cut your Energy Bill

22 06 2012

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Source:  Yahoo News





Can you Cut the Cable?

24 05 2012





America’s Homeless Surge

19 04 2012

Source:  http://money.msn.com/family-money/americas-coming-homeless-surge-fiscaltimes.aspx

“Despite the tough times, there are glimmers of good news, though. The NAEH report found a slight decrease in the overall number of people living on the street from 2009 to 2011: The ranks of the nation’s homeless fell by 1%, or about 7,000 people.

Across the country, 636,017 people were identified as homeless in 2011, compared with 643,067 in 2009, according to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Commerce, and Health and Human Services.”





How Much Water is your Home Wasting?

20 03 2012

Installing Low-Flow water fixtures can yield a savings of 1-18% off your water bill.  If all U.S. households installed water-saving fixtures and appliances, in just one year, 2 trillion(!!) gallons of water and $4 billion(!!!) dollars would be saved!

Source:  The Happy Housewife 





A Shopping Guide for Energy Efficient Appliances

16 03 2012

The Federal Trade Commission has provided consumers with a guide breaking down the information found on energy-efficient appliance labels!

Key terms to review on these labels:

  • estimated yearly operating cost
  • estimated yearly electricity cost

View the guide here.





Compensate Servicemembers for Wrongful Foreclosures

23 02 2012
Home ownership & foreclosure is a major area of need among military and civilian families alike.  The resource below may be able to provide assistance to Servicemember’s who have lost their homes to foreclosure – either by returning the home or providing the fair market value of the home.  The Servicemember would have to have been eligible for Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protections at the time of foreclosure.  If they are eligible, this is an amazing opportunity for military families who’s legal rights were violated.
 
The settlement agreement with the nation’s five largest servicers announced by Attorney General Eric Holder includes substantial financial compensation to homeowners who are Servicemembers and establishes significant new protections for them. Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally will be required to provide any Servicemember who was a victim of a wrongful foreclosure a minimum payment of $116,785 plus lost equity and interest for violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). JP Morgan Chase will provide any Servicemember who was a victim of a wrongful foreclosure either his or her home free and clear of any debt or the cash equivalent of the full value of the home at the time of sale. Servicemembers and their dependents who believe that their SCRA rights have been violated should contact the nearest Armed Forces Legal Assistance office at: http://legalassistance.law.af.mil/content/locator.php




Pay off Mortgage in 2012?

23 01 2012

Is paying off your home mortgage one of your New Year Resolutions?  Here are some strategies to push you towards the finish line!

Pay more each month, make extra payments, shrink housing costs, etc.

Read more here.








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