Fun in the Sun

Nothing quite drives the winter blues away like getting back to the great outdoors.  Besides the mood boost provided by vitamin D and fresh air, it’s also a great way to squeeze in family time.  Try out these fun family outings for Spring:bleeding heart

  • Go Geocaching – This is a real-life scavenger hunt with people from all over hiding and finding treasures.  Check out http://www.geocaching.com to get started near you.
  • Have a Garden Party – But forget the tiny tea sandwiches and fancy napkins.  Instead, pick a few spring veggies, plant them Tower of York - Mike Bristoltogether, then reap the delicious rewards at your family dinners all season.
  • Tour Your Own Backyard – Not literally, of course.  Check out some historical or artsy places in your hometown you haven’t visited in a while – or ever, like the Towers of York.  Sightseeing in your own town can help you discover hidden gems that are all the more reason to love where you live.

Low-Cost Home Workouts

Looking for an alternative to a pricey gym membership?

Start by turning ordinary household items into equipment.  Chairs can be used for push-ups and dips.  Jump ropes are great for aerobic exercise.  Old milk jugs and laundry jugs can be filled with water and converted  into dumbbells. You can also use cat litter containers and cat/dog food.  Got stairs?  Go up and down for 30 minutes

Don’t invest in clothes racks.  Avoid buying equipment that only sees strength training exercises when you remove the clothes that pile up.  Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re going to use the equipment.  This will save you from buyer’s remorse, and keep you from wasting valuable storage space.

Buy smart.  When you know what you want to purchase, save money by checking out online classifieds for used equipment.  Just make sure it’s in good working order before you shell out the cash.  Also, for a great workout, you can buy or stream exercise videos for low to nothing cost classes right in the privacy and convenience of your own home.

Good News!

We may have some “GOOD NEWS” for you.

It has been recently brought to our attention that on December 18, 2015, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (HR 2029) was signed into law.

Among its many provisions was a renewal of energy efficiency tax credits established in 26 U.S. Code 25C, offering up to $500 in return for qualifying residential energy property expenditures.

ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money, and protect the environment.

The tax credit renewal is effective through December 31, 2016, and it is retroactive through all of 2015. The credit is 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50-$300.

Must be an existing home and your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not apply.

You can find more information by visiting http://energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits or by calling us at 402-362-5702.IMG_1762.JPG