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Houston was recently named one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. to live in based on utility costs. One way for locals to reduce their monthly bills is to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program.
There are a number of things that Houston homeowners and renters alike can do in order to reduce their water usage and save money. The EPA's Office of Water assistant administrator Peter Silva also emphasizes that by being proactive about this, people can "help save water for future generations."
The first thing that can be done it to check for silent leaks in the toilet, the EPA said. This can be done by putting drops of food coloring in the tank. If it shows up in the bowl, the fix can be as easy as changing the flapper. People should also consider switching to WaterSense-labeled shower heads and bathroom faucet aerators. They both use less water and energy, and there isn't a noticeable change in the amount of water flow.
With the average Houstonian paying $316 a month in utility bills, taking a cue from the EPA seems like a smart move.
Student loan debt may impact home sales among first-time buyersAccording to a recent report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt is the only form of back payments among consumers that has consistently increased since 2008. Furthermore, those who owe money are often delinquent, as one-thApril 10th, 2013 3:53am
Report suggests age influences home size preferenceAs many real estate professionals can attest, location is a top priority for today's home buyer, illustrated by the pace at which Houston homes have been snapped up by prospective homeowners. And as a recent report suggests, the type of house they purchasApril 1st, 2013 3:49am
Proximity to public transit aids home values, report findsWhile a nearby public transportation system may give city-based workers the ability to reach their workplace without a car, it may also suggest that their residence is worth more compared to homeowners who are far removed from one.March 25th, 2013 5:02am