Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

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Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast.

A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.

 

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Is it better to rent or buy a home? Comparing the monthly costs

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Renting vs. owning

Ever since the financial crisis left many Americans in dire financial straits, the debate over renting versus buying a home has heated up. American households’ spending on housing is on average 33% of their annual expenses, but until recently we didn’t have data to show the differences in costs between monthly mortgage payments versus rent.

 

 

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Renting a home is the new American Dream

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Unlike traditional apartment renters, this breed of American tenants are older and have kids.

The Jacobson family bought their “dream home” in 2005 in the Phoenix area.  They built flagstone steps to the front door. They tiled the kitchen and bathroom. They entertained often, enjoying their mountain views.  “We put our soul into that house,” says Steve Jacobson, 37.

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Sales of foreclosed homes account for 26% of all home sales in the U.S.

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The average sales price of homes in foreclosure or bank owned was $161,214.

The leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties,  RealtyTrac® has released it Q1 2012 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report™ which shows that sales of homes that were in some stage of foreclosure or bank owned accounted for 26 percent of all U.S. residential sales during the first quarter.  The sales are up from 22% of all sales in the fourth quarter and up from 25 percent of all sales in the first quarter of 2011.

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Growing Number of Homeowners in U.S. Complain Noise from Wind Turbines Making Life Unbearable

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The industrial whoosh-and-whoop of the 123-foot blades is making life unbearable for some.

Like nearly all of the residents on this island in Penobscot Bay, Art Lindgren and his wife, Cheryl, celebrated the arrival of three giant wind turbines late last year. That was before they were turned on. “In the first 10 minutes, our jaws dropped to the ground,” Mr. Lindgren said. “Nobody in the area could believe it. They were so loud.”

 

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