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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
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The Best Way to Cut Household Energy Costs

September 30, 2015 1:36 am

Think a new home appliance is out of your budget? Think again.

According to a recent report by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), appliances produced today consume significantly lower amounts of energy than appliances made a decade ago. In fact, if homeowners were to replace a 10-year-old refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine with one of today’s models, they’d save an average of $140 a year on their electricity bills.

Homeowners don’t have to skimp on size to become energy-efficient, either, reads the AHAM report. Refrigerators, for instance, have grown 20 percent in capacity over the last 20 years, but have maintained a steady decrease in energy consumption since then. Washing machine tub volumes have grown by over 40 percent in the last 20 years, becoming more energy-efficient over that time period, as well.

New technologies have also made it possible for appliances to reduce energy consumption. Take dishwashers, for example. Many new models have stainless steel interiors that dry dishes faster, and soil sensors that use only as much water as needed.

All of these findings point to long-term savings for homeowners. As household expenses rise, can you really afford not to replace dated appliances?

Source: AHAM

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Don't Be Left Out in the Cold without a Home Warranty

September 30, 2015 1:36 am

No one wants their home’s heating system to break down, especially in late fall and winter months. In truth, homeowners have no way of knowing when a general malfunction or system leak will strike, so it’s important to purchase a home warranty, says the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC).

"A home warranty is the best way to protect your home, and your peace of mind, from costly unforeseen damages," says SCIC Executive Director Timothy Meenan. “On a brisk fall night, the last thing you want to worry about is having a broken heater with no coverage for repairs."

Home warranties can shield you from expensive bills and long wait times for repairs. The benefits of having coverage for your home go beyond saving time and money – a home warranty also adds value to your home and is transferable to a new owner.

"Many real estate deals now include home warranties," adds Meenan. "A home warranty provides a double benefit, making your life easier while you own the home and then enhancing its value if you decide to sell."

Source: SCIC

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