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Home Ownership Enriches Family


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As a mother of 3 beautiful and talented children, I’m always looking for ways to enrich and foster the lives of my children and to enlighten myself as a parent so I’m always researching and reading. During my reading time I ran across some information about children and home ownership that I wanted to share since I am a mother, real estate agent, and homeowner.

While this information isn’t necessarily my personal opinion, I found it interesting to share so take from it what you will. I believe that whether you rent, own, or live in a box, great parenting and communications skills (and other factors) greatly affect our children’s future as well. However, when you have to decide whether or not which route to take – renting or owning – consider the enrichment of home ownership.

There are so many positive attributes that home ownership has on family, especially children. Not only does a home provide safety, security, and meets our basic need of shelter, but studies (one in particular by Donald Haurin – Retired Research Scientist from Ohio State University) show that home ownership increases the likelihood of children obtaining higher levels of education, improved self-esteem and confidence, and lower teen pregnancy rates.

The living environment of the home played a key factor in this conclusion. The results were measured by a survey given to a group of parents. Homes usually have better quality lighting, more educational materials available (a variety of magazines and books), structured family activities, a well-organized play room, a study, etc. Not only did these improved benefits affect children, but also homeowners have more stability and live in homes longer than rentals or other living arrangements. This stability allows for children to stay in the same schools longer and to build strong community relationships.

BOTTOM LINE

Owning your own home (coupled with other factors) adds value to your family and the future of your children. Choose wisely when thinking about whether buying or renting is the best option. It’s a fact that no one knows your situation better than you. No matter where you live (if you’re unable to own a home), make sure your living environment secures and enriches the child.


Keep Home Cool While the Weather is Hot!


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While nature’s thermostat rises, so does the cost of keeping your home cool, especially if you use an air conditioner.  I don’t know about you, but these days I’m trying to save as much money as I can.

From doing extreme couponing to reduce my grocery costs to whatever it takes to reduce my cooling bill, I’m on it!!  Because I like to help others as well, I’ve gathered a few tips that have helped me around my house and wanted to share those with you!

Obviously, the best way to keep your home cool during the summer is to use an air conditioner to keep the temperature down.  However, there are also other options you can try that won’t raise your utility bill significantly.

Internal Heat.  The most common sources of internal heat gain is electronic devices, appliances, and lighting.  These items can really add to the heat factor in your home!  I try to avoid using my oven during the summertime as much as I can.  Also, do not place lamps near your thermostat because this additional heat can cause your unit to run longer than it should.  Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.  They produce the same light but use a fifth the energy and heat.

Ceiling Fans & Fans.  Ceiling fans and portable fans are handy!   Fans are also a great investment for the home and can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler.  When air is circulating, a room feels cooler.  Even the most power-hungry fan costs less than $10 a month to use if you keep it on for 12 hours a day.  A good fan will allow you to set your thermostat higher to save you money.  Generally fans don’t use a lot of energy.

Shades, drapes or blinds.  I keep my blinds and curtains pulled during the day where the sun is shining.  It makes a world of difference!  Install white window shades, drapes, or blinds to reflect heat away from the house. Close blinds, shades and draperies facing the sun (east-facing windows in the morning and west-facing windows in the afternoon) to keep the sun’s heat out and help fans or air conditioners cool more efficiently.

Plants.  It’s a great idea to plant trees and shrubs to shade your air conditioning unit, but please do not block airflow.  Did you know a unit that operates in the shade uses less electricity?  It’s true!  Also, deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will keep your house cool in the summer and allow the sunlight to warm the house during the winter.  Great tip, right?

Anyway, I hope you were able to find this information helpful and find ways to save money for your family.  Remember, if you can keep the heat out, your home will be a lot cooler.  Thanks for reading!


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