Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
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Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Making even small energy cut-backs can add up in a big way
If you really want to go green, cutting your energy use will give you the biggest return on investment. Electrical consumption is the nation's leading polluter. Approximately 85 percent of our electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels. Overall, our energy production and use account for about 80 percent of air pollution; more than 83 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and more environmental damage than any other human activity, according to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE).
Jump on the band wagon and take a do-it-yourself home energy audit using interactive tools and checklists offered by some environmental groups or government agencies. Or have an energy consultant assess your energy consumption. The audit results will help you focus on the appliance and electronics upgrades and other energy-saving techniques that will provide the best pay-off for your household and the environment.
If you're like most Americans, home heating and home appliance usage are your largest energy expenditures, each accounting for about 34 percent of your overall energy costs. Water heating is the third largest expenditure, accounting for about 13 percent of energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Cut heating costs by using a programmable thermostat and set it to match your heating and cooling needs. Recommended settings are 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. Consider investing in double- or triple-pane windows and beefing up your insulation with eco-friendly products. Gas-filled double-pane windows can lower annual heating and cooling bills by as much as 30 percent and a properly insulated home can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20 percent.
Replace old appliances with models approved by Energy Star*. These newer appliances can cut annual energy bills by at least 30 percent when compared to traditional appliances. For example, an energy-efficient, front-loading washer uses up to 50 percent less power and about 30 percent less water than a standard washing machine.
Other energy-saving solutions include changing the way you light up the house. A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) uses two-thirds less energy and lasts up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. If every household in the U.S. replaced just one traditional light with an Energy Star-rated bulb, we would save enough energy to light 7 million homes, according to ASE.
Unplug all appliances and electronics that aren't currently in use. Many idle appliances and electronics draw small amounts of power, sometimes called "energy leaks," which keep digital clocks running, remote controls working and that sort of thing. By some estimates, these leaks account for 5 percent of the nation's electricity usage. Use surge protectors for groups of electronics, like your home office equipment and home entertainment components. After powering down all of the items, switch off the surge protectors.
Go all the way and install a solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) system and generate your own green energy supply. With these systems, you can remain on the grid. If your solar system doesn't generate enough power, the system automatically taps the local power supply. If you generate excess power, you're local power supplier buys the electricity from you and instead of receiving a bill at the end of the month, you could receive a check!
Making even small energy cut-backs can add up in a big way, especially since you're not acting alone. Americans everywhere are taking steps to clean up the environment by cleaning up the way they live.
* Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.