Building vs. buying a home

Abstract: Buying an existing 1,000-square-foot home saves $17,500 over the first ten years of ownership compared to building a new one. Intro: I’ve often wondered: would the energy and maintenance savings on a new home be worth the added construction costs versus buying an existing house?  Financially speaking, the answer turns out to be no. […]

Cut your monthly bills, the easy way

Abstract: Having professional bill hagglers (billcutterz to be precise) negotiate lower rates on your behalf is a no-brainer, especially because they don’t charge anything unless you save money.  The average amount of money to be saved is estimated to be $3,000 every 10 years, and that is after they take their cut. If you fancy […]

Does the Nest Thermostat save money?

Background: Welcome to my first READER REQUEST.  I love ideas for new posts, especially from readers.  This is my inaugural reader request, and I hope to do many more going forward.  A big thanks for the inspiration… In this ROI analysis, I’m going to take a quick look at whether or not a smart thermostat […]