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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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The Path to Purchase: Shoppers Rely on Tech More Than Ever

July 15, 2015 1:03 am

Shoppers today harness connected technologies more than ever to simplify their shopping experience, with nearly three-quarters relying on information from a smartphone to make a purchase, according to a recent survey by Blackhawk Engagement Solutions (BHEngagement.com). This habit and others illustrate the profound effect technology will continue to have on consumer spending.

After the smartphone, shoppers obtain product or retailer information through a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Over half of consumers shop while watching television at home, and over 35 percent shop while at work. They survey pointed to peak shopping hours between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Other survey findings include a trend called “showrooming,” in which a shopper purchases a competitor’s product while standing in the store after comparing prices on sites like Amazon. The majority of consumers will buy at a physical store that matches online prices with price-match rebates. Nearly 90 percent of shoppers would consider buying online and picking up in store to save just five percent on a purchase.

Mobile wallets are also gaining popularity. According to the survey, more than half of shoppers are likely to use a mobile wallet over a traditional wallet if it is universally accepted. One-fifth would stop carrying a traditional wallet altogether.

Source: BHEngagement.com

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Save Money with 5 Energy-Efficient Improvements

July 15, 2015 1:03 am

Utility costs, especially HVAC expenses, can eat up your household budget if your home falls short on energy efficiency. A top-to-bottom energy audit may not be feasible, but there are areas of your home you can make more energy-efficient with relatively little time and money. The experts at HomeAdvisor.com recommend:

Sealing Air Leaks
: Whether heating or cooling your home, escaped air is literally dollars out the window. To keep HVAC bills low, check for leaks around all entry points to the home, including windows, doors and in your attic or basement, where holes may have formed in the insulation. Simple weatherstripping will suffice to seal up windows or doors, but if your insulation is leaking air, hire a professional to remedy the problem.

Cleaning Air Vents
: A dirty HVAC system consumes more energy, leading to higher monthly bills. It can also release dusty air into your home. For anywhere between $250 and $450, a professional can clean all vents and ducts to ensure your system is operating efficiently.

Changing Air Filters
: While having your system cleaned, be sure to swap out air filters, too. A filter with enough build-up can block air from entering your home, costing you more money each month. This is an easy DIY project that can be done in a half-hour or less.

Upgrading the Thermostat: Programmable thermostats effectively regulate the temperature in your home, automatically or manually. Upgrading to one can save at least 10 percent in monthly energy costs. The best part? They’re a cinch to set up.

Installing Ceiling Fans: It sounds counterproductive, but a ceiling fan typically costs far less than air conditioning and can be installed for a mere $150. The investment will pay back dividends in lower utility bills in no time at all, and is a great way to cool your home in warm, but not hot, months.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

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