Behold Savings Power of New Year’s Home Energy Resolutions

Posted by

These Easy-To-Keep 2019 Efficiency Goals Will Keep Money In Your Wallet & Out Of Your Bill

The invisible dollars we don’t see floating from our homes and out of all wallets can be mind-blowing when we finally sit and break down what our home’s energy usage is costing us.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the average Iowa home owner’s electric bill runs $102.55 per month. That’s $1,228.60 per year, or one full two week paycheck for the average Iowan. The EIA estimates the average American home consumes 10,3999 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year, making it, as House Logic jokes, “a glutton (that) gobbles energy like a starved elephant.” read more

Beware The Most Deadly Fire Season of Year

Posted by

Don’t Let Your Family Become A Tragic Holiday Statistic

The heartcrushing headlines could come from Any Town, Iowa.

December 23, 2017

DAVENPORT, Iowa: Kelsey Clain and her four children perish when their mobile home catches fire. Authorities report the Clain family had no working smoke detectors in their home.

Christmas Day, 2017

BLUE GRASS, Iowa: Four people die in a house fire just 15 miles from the Quad Cities. Again, firefighters site non-functional smoke detectors as a key contributor to the fire’s deadly toll. read more

How To Avoid A Home Heist

Posted by

Investing In A Smart Home Security System A Must To Defend Against ‘Creatures of Opportunity’

Chances are, in the time you spend reading this story, 9 to 10 American homes will be burglarized.

A home heist occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, according to FBI statistics. That equals an average of over a million residential burglaries a year leaving an average dollar loss of $2,316.20. read more

Best Defense Against Hail’s Unpredictable Fury: Be Prepared

Posted by

“I grew up in Texas, but that was (long) ago. Last year (2016) in Fort Worth, they had hail the size of softballs. We’re seeing more and more powerful storms, of all types, almost on a biblical level,” Late Actor Bill Paxton (“Twister”)

Ice fell from the sky above Vivian, S.D., without warning and mercy on July 23, 2010. Dropping fast and furious with deep, damaging impact, giant hailstones measuring a U.S. record eight inches in diameter and weighing nearly two pounds indented everything in their path. read more

Winter’s Unseen Costly Hurt On Homes

Posted by

Old Man Winter’s Worst Damage Often Doesn’t Appear Until Spring

The good news for winter-weary Iowans: Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil (who, rumor has it, has been put in the Groundhog Protection Program by the FBI for his own safety) says, spring is coming.

But what cost this winter’s ruthless savagy has inflicted upon your home remains to be seen.

“We’ve had horror stories of people going outside and working in the yard for four hours and they come in and go downstairs and their basement is flooded because it (the pipe) has been leaking for four hours,” Jack Hope, owner of Hope Plumbing, told the Indianapolis Star. read more

Beware the Grinch Home Fires that Steal Christmas

Posted by

Aunt Bethany: “Is your house on fire, Clark?”
Clark Griswold: “No Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.”

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Alas, The Grinch That Stole Christmas isn’t just a timeless Dr. Seuss classic. It’s the heartbreaking true story thousands of American families will suffer through this holiday season

Residential house fires are more frequent, more costly and deadlier during the holiday season than any other time of the year. The United States Fire Association reports property loss from a holiday fire produces 34 percent more damage than an average fire. The number of holiday fire fatalities per thousand fires is almost 70 percent higher. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the cost in lives and property loss is even worse. read more

Home Heat-Loss Prevention Tips During the Cold Winter Months

Posted by

If your house is so cold this winter, you’re opening the refrigerator to heat the place, your home may be singing “Ice Ice Baby.”

If your house is so cold this winter ice cubes are coming out of the faucet, your home may be doubling as Mr. Freeze’s lair from “Batman.”

If your house is so cold this winter your family is huddling in the freezer to stay warm, your home may becoming a not so wonderful winter wonderland only a Grinch could love. read more

Don’t Be Shocked By The Rising Cost of Home Ownership

Posted by

Most homeowners know the toughest rule of the American Dream: the meter is always running.

The U.S. Census Bureau pegs the average cost of running a household at $1,408 per month. That’s a daily homeownership cost of nearly $47. The cost of your mortgage, home maintenance, insurance and utilities adds up fast. Unfortunately, there are some shocking home costs that are rising seemingly as fast as the sun on tomorrow. Every home owner should be aware of these very real and sometimes very pricy home ownership costs: read more