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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Want to Lower Energy Bills for Good? Small Improvements Equal Big Returns

January 7, 2016 2:36 am

There are several ways to improve the energy-efficiency of your home—and many are too costly for the average homeowner to finance. The truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune to reap the benefits of increased energy-efficiency. In fact, you can save up to 30 percent on energy bills every month with a simple, DIY home energy audit, plus the following inexpensive fixes:

1. Take advantage of the automatic setting on your air conditioner. This turns your AC and heater automatically on or off to save energy.

2. Pay attention to rooms that you are not using. Close those air vents in order to avoid needlessly cooling or heating unused spaces.

3. Look for openings around window and door frames where air can enter or escape the home. Block them with weather strips or draft guards.

4. Non-insulated attics are a major source of energy loss, as they do not effectively protect your home's interior from outside temperatures. Make sure to insulate your attic properly and ask for help from a certified contractor if you are not sure how to do it yourself.

5. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL models that last much longer and save significant amounts of energy and money in the long run.

Source: Homeselfe

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Mover Magnet: The Top Inbound States of 2015

January 7, 2016 2:36 am

Migration patterns inform inbound and outbound trends across the country, revealing which states see an influx of new residents and which states see departures. In 2015, one state stood above the rest when it comes to inbound migration, according to a recent report by Allied Van Lines: Texas.

The Lone Star State is no stranger to inbound moves—in fact, Texas has topped Allied’s list for 11 consecutive years. In 2015, the state saw a net relocation gain of 2,558 families.

"Texas continues to be a strong attractive state," says Lesli Bertoli, general manager and vice president of Allied Van Lines.  "Corporate moves continue to influence these results, with corporate relocations strongly favoring moves to Texas in 2015."

Second to Texas in terms of inbound moves was Florida, which saw a net relocation gain of 1,611 families in 2015. Following Florida was Arizona, Oregon and South Carolina, in that order.

Outbound moves, on the other hand, were most prevalent in Virginia, with 1,343 moves out of state in 2015. Second for outbound moves was Illinois, followed by Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, in that order.

The Allied report also tracked the most mobile states, or states that see both significant inbound and outbound rates. The most mobile state in 2015 was California, with more than 12,000 moves in all. Behind California in 2015 was Ohio and Louisiana.

Source: Allied Van Lines

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