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What Do We Do With Our Kids?

by Brian Maecker

What do we do with our ADULT kids? I wrote last week how the housing shortage is causing affordability issues nationwide. The price of housing to buy and rent has exploded. When average home prices top $300,000.00 and rents for a 3 bedroom home average $1300.00 per month, it’s hard for young adults to live on their own.

           The solution is they are living at home longer. Uhh! As adult parents, I don’t want my 30 year old or my 22 year old boy’s living at home anymore. My wife and I have gotten used to living back on our own. The freedom it gave us back was amazing. However it’s a real dilemma for us and many others when they get out of school to have no job or a low paying job. They can’t afford to rent their own place because of high rents. According to NAR (National Association of Realtors) 40%of us worry about this. Frankly I think that is low.

           What is the solution? The solution is; Don’t make it too comfortable at home. They need to pay some rent. They need to do chores. They need to contribute to the household. Another solution; Find roommate’s and share rent. Live with their friends. Let them have tough times. They need to learn to budget and scrape by. Last solution – Supplement them with payment. I’m not a big fan of this as they might get too dependent. Structure it as a loan though, so that they feel some responsibility.

           Bottom line, we need more affordable housing options. Builders won’t build it because it’s not profitable. It’s not a good situation. I hope we find a solution!

Brian

 

8 Summer Energy Saving Tips

by Brian Maecker

Hi all, I saw an article in this week’s Colorado Springs Gazette and I thought I would summarize it for you. 8 ways to save energy in the summer time.

Part of this article assumes you have air conditioning so adjust as needed.

  1. Find a comfort zone – Set the A/C as high as you can comfortably be. In my household we do a daytime temperature of 78 degrees. Get a setback thermostat to help you adjust.
  2. Keep the curtains closed – Great idea with or without A/C. If you don’t have A/C, close the curtains and try to trap the cool air that comes in during the night. If you have A/C, it deflects the daytime sun.
  3. Circulate the Air – Get ceiling fans. Ceiling fans or low speed room fans assist at keeping air balanced in a home. Attic fans are also a great option as they remove the super-heated air in an attic.
  4. Cook Outdoors – Grill, Grill, Grill. Use that Bar B Q so you don’t have to turn on the stove or oven.
  5. Run appliances at night – the article talks about dryers and dishwashers because they generate heat. Makes sense and open the windows around those appliances to let the heat dissipate.
  6. Line dry clothes – this is a lost art! Hang clothes on a line or lawn furniture and don’t run the dryer.
  7. Use natural light – in other words use less light bulbs and light in your home.
  8. Water your lawn in the night or early mornings – I added this one. In the long run, you will use less water to keep you lawn green.

Have a Great Summer!!

Brian  

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