Installing solar panels? Here’s when you can expect your investment to pay off


GUILDFORD, United Kingdom — As the push away from environmentally harmful fossil fuels continues, more and more households are choosing to install solar panels. Homeowners aren’t just doing this to save the planet, but also to hopefully save themselves some money in energy costs. Now, researchers from the University of Surrey report that many households could …

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Forget location, young homebuyers care more about how the house looks to others


NEW YORK — The average homeowner encounters about four surprises or unexpected costs within the first year of homeownership, spending around $3,600 to address them. That’s according to a new survey of 2,000 homeowners split evenly by generation. The poll reveals the top expenses during that first year are appliance replacement (56%), exterior repairs such as …

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