Top Household Investments

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When deciding on which household investments are worth the expense, future savings and quality of life benefits should come into play in your final decision.  Whether these are investments that are necessary for your home or you just feel like splurging, here are some of the top household investments worth considering.  

Energy Saving and Green Appliances - if your home is in need of new appliances, this is the perfect time to invest in Energy Saving and Green Appliances. Most Americans spend up to $1,400 a year on energy bills. These new and improved appliances, such as Energy Star quality appliances, can save you up to $400 a year on your energy bills. Not only will it save you money now, but they are a great resale investment as well. Eco-friendly appliances boost resale values, so you will get a significant return on your investment. If you are searching for homes for sale in Alamogordo, NM, French Brothers offers their Five Star Plus Energy Star Certified Homes which are 20-30% more energy efficient.

Organic Produce - organic produce is definitely more expensive, but the health benefits are worth the expense. Organic produce is less exposed to harsh pesticides which can be harmful to your health. Purchasing organic produce such as peaches, strawberries, celery, apples, and potatoes can reduce your exposure to pesticides by up to 80% according to the Environmental Working Group.

Window Upgrades - installing airtight windows with double or triple pane windows can save you up to $500 a year on energy bills. These improved windows keep your air conditioning or heat in your home so less of your indoor air seeps outside and vice versa. Another key to this investment is you must use a professional contractor to ensure you they are installed properly so no air leaks around the seams.

Quality Mattress - did you realize you spend almost a third of your life in bed, so why not spend money on a quality mattress? Experts recommend a firm mattress with quality padding to ensure a better night of sleep.

Forged Kitchen Knives - the initial investment is quite high at approximately $100 per knife, but if they are sharpened regularly and properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. Forged knives are created over heat and provide a more precise cut and easier to manage. It might be worth the investment if you spend a lot of time preparing meals.

If you are looking for new homes for sale in Alamogordo, NM, we invite you to visit one of French Brothers five new home communities in the area.  To learn more about all of the French Brothers' Alamogordo new home communities, please visit the French Brothers website for details and directions. For personalized assistance, please contact them directly at (575) 415-7658 or register online.  

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Tamara Schuster
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What a great new thoughts on household investments. Mattress is huge as it impacts our sleep. I also think the window portion is important because it will save on energy down the road plus money as they will last much longer and they look better. What a great blog!

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