Weighing the Total Cost of Connected Technology

Smart home appliances are more popular than ever, and lower prices and increased visibility means that smart thermostats, smart lighting, voice-activated home assistants like Alexa, and many other new technologies are poised to become commonplace within the next few years - and they are a great way to help you live sustainably

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Beth Kotz is a freelance writer and contributor for numerous home, technology, and personal finance blogs. She graduated with BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work. Find her innovative photography Tumblr site here.

Better Investment: LED vs CFL Lightbulbs

*Update: As commenter Cal Cho mentioned, there is evidence that LED lifespans can be shorter than what manufacturers claim. This means that LEDs, at least how they are currently priced, are not necessarily better investments than CFLs. See this article for more information.

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Portland, Oregon-based Flannel Guy ROI is a working dude and family man that likes flannel shirts and wants to achieve financial independence a little sooner than most, particularly by making smart spending decisions and living intentionally. 

His overall idea is to look at spending decisions as investments: what decisions will return the most value to you over time? 

Each scenario is evaluated over a 10-year horizon with the following summary statistics:

Present value – what is the total value of your investment and expected returns in today’s dollars?
Return on investment (ROI) – how much of your original investment will you make back?
Payback period – how long will it take you to recoup your original investment?

Learn more at www.flannelguyroi.com

Greener Winter Heating

by Jo Borras / FIX.com

Most homeowners only think about their home’s heating system twice: during the winter and when it’s broken. Many homeowners eventually replace what was there when they first moved in. But without a little research on the latest in home heating technology, they could be doing their homes (and their wallets) a disservice. Read on to learn more about technology that nearly always promises to save money in the long run yet doesn’t require a huge, up-front investment.

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05/18/2017
Smart home appliances are more popular than ever, and lower prices and increased visibility means that smart thermostats, smart lighting, voice-activated home assistants like Alexa, and many other... read more
multiple bare lightbulbs hanging from wooden ceiling
11/01/2015
*Update: As commenter Cal Cho mentioned, there is evidence that LED lifespans can be shorter than what manufacturers claim. This means that LEDs, at least how they are currently priced, are not... read more
FIX.com home heating graphic with radiator
01/19/2015
by Jo Borras / FIX.com Most homeowners only think about their home’s heating system twice: during the winter and when it’s broken. Many homeowners eventually replace what was there when they... read more
Abstract green blue red world and keyboard swirls.
05/18/2017
Smart home appliances are more popular than ever, and lower prices and increased visibility means that smart thermostats, smart lighting, voice-activated home assistants like Alexa, and many other... read more
multiple bare lightbulbs hanging from wooden ceiling
11/01/2015
*Update: As commenter Cal Cho mentioned, there is evidence that LED lifespans can be shorter than what manufacturers claim. This means that LEDs, at least how they are currently priced, are not... read more
FIX.com home heating graphic with radiator
01/19/2015
by Jo Borras / FIX.com Most homeowners only think about their home’s heating system twice: during the winter and when it’s broken. Many homeowners eventually replace what was there when they... read more