Archive September 2013

Getting Started with Road Cycling: Trim Your Waist and Fatten Your Wallet

Cycling is one of the best all around activities to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a fuller pocketbook. Picking up road cycling as a habit could even save your life. Many of us are so busy that exercise seems to always take the back burner to work and family – but cycling can be added to your daily routine without sacrificing anything else.

We will look further into this later. Biking is a great way to commute to work and is the single most sustainable form or transportation next to walking! Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of road cycling.

It makes financial sense

Do you ever have trouble making ends meet with your monthly budget? Picking up cycling can be a way to save money – and potentially a lot of it. Think about how many costs are associated with driving and owning a vehicle. The average American family spends upwards of 400 dollars a month just on gas.

Compound that with the costs of maintenance, registration and insurance and you have thousands of dollars per year spent on your vehicles. Replacing just one of those cars with a road bike could add thousands into your pocket book.

I’m not advocating getting rid your car entirely – although that could be an option – but start with something simple like commuting via bike to work. The amount you’ll save upfront and in wear and tear on you car will be significant. Biking also keeps more funds in your local economy rather than sending your money to overseas auto manufacturers and oil refineries.

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Do Electric Vehicle Price Drops Signal Doom or Boom?

Consumers can expect lower prices on EV (electric vehicles). Recently, Nissan lowered the Leaf’s price by $6,400. Chevy slashed the Volt’s price by $5,000, and Ford took $4,000 off the Fusion price tag. In response, sales for EVs are picking up. The Leaf and Volt set records for monthly sales in August 2013. What do EV price drops mean? Keep reading to find answers before you open your wallet and drive away with one.

Nissan’s Leaf

This past year, Nissan slashed prices on the Leaf. The car will carry an MSRP of $28,000 with tax incentives of $7,500 from the U.S. government and additional $2,500 credits in California. You can take one home for around $18,800, a price comparable to many mid-size sedans. Throw in the combined 115 mpg gas rating and 129 mpg, and car buyers can save hundreds more a month on gas, depending on how much you drive.

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Why Your Roof Is A Missed Environmental Opportunity

You may think your roof is simply there to keep you dry at night, but it can do so much more than that. In fact, your roof can be a major contributor to the environmentally-friendly nature of your entire home.

Your roof can add significant environmental value to your home. If you are interested in making your roof work for you, try one of these ideas to make your roof earth-friendly.

Prevent Leaks

Stopping leaks does more than keep you dry. Preventing leaks in your roof can actually contribute to the environmental friendliness of your home. Much of the air that cools and warms your home eventually ends up in your attic. If you have leaks in your roof, the air generated by your HVAC system escapes from your home.

This causes you to spend more money and energy cooling and heating your home each year. The more energy you use, the more drain on the environment you cause. Simply by stopping leaks in your roof you can cut down on energy use by up to 40 percent.

Add Insulation

If your roof is not insulated, even if you no longer have any leaks, you will also use more energy than necessary. Attics and roofs act as heat traps in the summer, which leads to a large increase in the amount of energy that you use. The opposite is true in the winter.

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5 Hot Apps Helping Us Stay Healthy

Everyone has a smartphone these days, but for some of us, having all this technology at our fingertips is doing more harm than good. Fortunately, there are tons of apps out there changing people’s lives for the better. I’ve weeded through new releases, version updates, and makeovers throughout the past few weeks to highlight five incredibly useful apps.

1) Argus by Azumio

Argus was released last week, gaining lots of attention as an all-inclusive data app. It tracks fitness, diet and sleeping patterns, simultaneously pulling data from other apps in the Azumio network. The goal of Argus is to combine all health and fitness data (per user), making it one of the fastest growing apps on the market. Here are some quick facts about Argus:

  • Free; however, Azumio’s other apps run $1.99 if you are considering integration
  • 4 Star Rating
  • Track hydration, vital signs, caffeine consumption, heart rate, movements, quality of sleep and sleep cycles
  • Automatic tracking via iPhone’s built in sensors
  • Pulls data from Azumio apps and third-party as well

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