Jul 14

Traffic Trapping You in Your Suburban Home?

suburban 1Recently, I went to visit a friend of mine who lived in a very nice neighborhood and indeed an upscale community. They have a wonderful and lovely home and are away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Yet once you leave the enclave you find yourself immediately stuck in traffic and it occurred to me that my good friend and his very expensive home was trapped in his own prison in a beautiful exclusive suburban neighborhood. Why? By choice of course, yet when he first moved there the traffic was not nearly as bad as it is today.

The traffic is so bad that it takes five to 10 minutes just to make a left turn onto the main road and you drive along and 15 mph or less in stop and go traffic until you reach a freeway. He is basically trapped in a beautiful home in a nice suburban neighborhood in a prison of his own choosing. So I ask you, if this is your dream to live in such a place; is that really the quality of life you seek and is that really your idea of making it.

Jul 14

Why Use Solar Power In Suburban Homes

It will never be a better time to install solar power in your home. There are a number of incentives to do this.suburban 2

The first is your energy bill ! The price of fossil fuels will continue to rise. And there seems to be no end in sight for these prices rises as the resources become more scarce and harder to obtain.

Many states are offering rebates to homeowners to install a solar powered system. They are offering grants to researchers to create cleaner energy appliances, including solar energy. They are offering rebates to companies that use solar energy products.

Companies are making it easier to joint venture solar cells on a home owners house. This takes all the fuss out of installing such a system. It is effectively owned and installed by the utility company but the home owner owns the electricity that it creates. The home owner can either sell the electricity to the utility company or use it. In most cases the solar created energy will not be sufficient to power the whole house all the time so this means that the home owner can use his/her own electricity and top it up with the utility companies electricity if needed.

Solar energy is a clean way of creating energy. As there is increasing concern over climate change and the role that mankind may have played in causing this change, solar energy is a responsible energy creation system to use.

Of course there is still some cost associated with installing a system but this cost has reduced significantly over the years. It is now quicker to make this money back than ever before given the inflated traditional energy prices. You can even make you own system of cells and panels from manuals available on the Internet. This will make it even cheaper to setup but it is debatable whether the home made solar cells would be as efficient as the professional solar cells.

Jul 14

Downtown Living Vs Suburban Living – Which is the Better Choice?

The debate over which is better – downtown living of suburban living – has raged for several decades. In fact, it can be somewhat humorous how this debate is played out in popular culture as proponents of one mode of living will often portray the other as, for lack of a better word, weird. This is commonly seen in all manner and variety of films. Of course, real life is not a film and that means one must make a choice as to where to live. So which of these truly is the right choice?
This is a typical suburban single-family home.
Honestly, only you can answer that. The right choice of where to live will be based almost exclusively on your own likes and needs. Some may find living in suburbia to be the best location in the world while others may look at suburban life as simply not being for them. In general, to arrive at a determination as to which is truly the best, one need to weigh the individual positives and negatives and then settle on a location that specifically fits ones individual needs.

If you like hustle and bustle, you will want to live downtown. If you like peace and quite, you probably will want to live in a suburban region. Sure, some downtown areas are quiet and some suburban areas are noisy. However, in general, the suburbs are slower and quieter while downtown areas are bustling due to the heavier concentrations of population. Depending upon your own particular needs and tastes, you will need to select the region that best fits what you look for in a place to live.

Travel issues will be a common theme among where you choose to live. Those that live in suburbia will often have to have long commutes to work. Downtown areas generally offer public transportation which allows them to circumvent the common issue of long commutes. How you look at commuting to work will usually place a factor in the way you approach your residence.

Proximity to stores and shopping areas will vary widely based on where you choose to live. Virtually all downtown areas are close to stores and shops. Most suburban neighborhoods have big malls near them. Then, there will be those suburban areas that are somewhat remote and require travel to do a little shopping. Those not interested in driving far to make a purchase of a common household item may end up a little turned off at suburbia.

Suburban living often opens the door to purchase a huge home. Real estate in downtown areas is almost always a premium. That means higher prices for smaller properties. Some may enjoy that but others find it the polar opposite of what they want in a home. Again, individual tastes may vary.