An innovative initiative is taking place in the Philippines to bring sustainable lighting to homes in impoverished communities. Empty plastic bottles are installed in the roof, filled with water and bleach they refract sunlight. These “solar light bulbs” provide light equivalent to a 55watt light bulb.
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I am always amazed at the new technology that is becoming available to us.
Here is a new one to me called “Homesnap” which is a new App you can download to your IPhone.
This App is Unique in that it allows users to get any information on homes with just a picture. The information that you get is: Square footage, price estimate, number of rooms, interior pictures and get this it will give you the information on similar homes.
This App works all over the country and an option to contact the agent. I think this will revolutionize the way we buy houses. It certainly saves you the time and effort of chasing down the Agent for the information.
This App is FREE!
I for one am going to get this App.
Would you not love it if your power bill was Zero Dollars?
Well it is possible. Two Orange County builders and Habitat for Humanity are building homes that are constructed in such a way it will be energy-efficient and the cost up front is not over the top.
So if you are about to build a new home this may well be worth looking into.
- They are building houses that produce as much energy as they use. Resulting in Zero or extremely low energy bills.
- They are equipped with solar panels,energy and water conserving designs.
- Energy efficiency allows new homes to compete with cheaper resale housing.
So there are a lot of plus’s to this new concept when it comes to saving on your monthly energy bill.
This is an article from the Yahoo Finance which is very interesting. I don’t like negative news, but sometimes we need to be aware of what is happening and to consider our own financial position and how secure we are or not. We need to know that if we don’t take precautions and watch our spending, we could end up like thousands of others and be faced with a foreclosure.
Make savings whenever you can. Prepare yourself for the future.
Because ” If you don’t do different nothing will change”
Homes lost to foreclosure on track for 1M in 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, as lenders work their way through a huge backlog of borrowers who have fallen behind on their loans.
Nearly 528,000 homes were taken over by lenders in the first six months of the year, a rate that is on track to eclipse the more than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service.
“That would be unprecedented,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac.
By comparison, lenders have historically taken over about 100,000 homes a year, Sharga said.
The surge in home repossessions reflects the dynamic of a foreclosure crisis that has shown signs of leveling off in recent months, but remains a crippling drag on the housing market.
The pace at which new homes falling behind in payments and entering the foreclosure process has slowed as banks continue to let delinquent borrowers stay longer in their homes rather than adding to the glut of foreclosed properties on the market. At the same time, lenders have stepped up repossession in an effort to clear out the backlog of distressed inventory on their books.
The number of households facing foreclosure in the first half of the year climbed 8 percent versus the same period last year, but dropped 5 percent from the last six months of 2009, according to RealtyTrac, which tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions.