From the Green Resource Council: Why You Should Shop Local — Its GREEN!!!

You’ve heard about the value of shopping at neighborhood retailers. It’s a good habit that can keep money in your community and reduces the environmental impact shopping can have.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Small Business Saturday, a celebration founded in 2010 by American Express that encourages consumers to shop locally.

Here are three things to know about the day, which took place the Saturday immediately following the mayhem of Black Friday.

1.    Local impact. According to American Express, 52% of what you spend by shopping locally stays in your community, which creates jobs and enlivens your local economy.

2.    Neighborhood character. People say they want to live in neighborhoods with character. By shopping at local businesses, you do your part to ensure that your retailers remain unique and that your streets aren’t overrun by national chains.

3.    Unique finds. Sure, it’s easy to go online and have the latest “it” gadget overnighted to you. But buying at local shops ups the chances that you’ll find something unique, personal, and memorable for gift recipients.

For a longer list of ten reasons to think local, take a look at this article fromSustainableConnections.org.

Happy Shopping!

 

Home Sellers in Huntsville, Madison, Harvest, and Madison County, AL Thinking of Upgrading before selling.

The annual Cost vs. Value report is out from Remodeling Magazine and it may surprise you. In our region, East South Central, they say a mid-scale, major kitchen remodel average cost is $53,814 and translate into only a $37,772 increase in the sale price. In other words it only returns about 70 cents on the dollar.

For more information you may follow this link

Remodeling Magazine Cost VS. Value report.

Custom Home Buyers Here’s Another Consideration: Tankless Water heaters

Some Tankless water heaters made in Korea and sold in the US have been recalled. Follow the below link to see the entire article..

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Tankless-Water-Heaters-Recalled/

People use tankless water heaters as a method to reduce the time required to have hot water coming from the tap, which, of course, reduces water usage. Also, not having to keep the volume of water hot 24/7 has it’s own rewards. However, when planning any construction, consider the fundamental pros and cons.

Use the “six cup” rule to help determine optimum water heater placement. The volume of water required run out the tap before there is sufficient hot water should be less than 6 cups before people will consider it “too long” a wait. This can be mitigated by careful planning the the use of water distribution manifolds and varying pipe/tube sizes.