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Holiday Fun Around SMC

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 12/26/17 6:45 AM

Holiday Fun around SMC

For many people, this time of year is about getting together with friends and family to spread cheer! It was no different for the folks at Stockton Mortgage. Check out how some of our folks have been celebrating this season.

The ladies at the Breckenridge office love their partners! They got to enjoy lunch with Linda Meyers from Mattingly and Ford.

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Topics: Holidays

Homebuying During Holidays?

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/7/16 6:30 PM

To list, or not to list? That is the question.

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Topics: Zillow, holiday, Holidays, selling, listing

Why You Should Switch to LED Lights

Posted by Amy Patterson on 12/11/15 4:54 PM

The debate has been going on for a while now: are the savings on your electric bill worth the upfront cost of purchasing LED lights? Since many homeowners are investing in holiday lights this time of year, we thought a calculation comparing 10 strands of lights would be appropriate.


Chart via: XcelEnergy

Using the average figures, and calculating the cost for running holiday lights from 5 p.m. to midnight every day from the day after Thanksgiving to January 5, the calculations break down like this:

6 hours per day for 40 days = 240 hours

Using this formula from XcelEnergy:

kW used X (Cost per kWh) X Hours Used = Cost of Electric

Cost of incandescent lighting:

3.208kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $91.47

Cost of LED lighting:

0.104kW X $0.1188 X 240 hours = $2.97

As you can see, the savings with LED lights far outweigh the upfront cost. Additionally, LED holiday lights can last up to 40 years, while traditional lights usually only last a few.

 Source: XcelEnergy

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Topics: Homeowners, Money, Savings, Go Green, Lighting, Holidays

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

Posted by Amy Patterson on 12/10/15 6:54 PM

If you decide to celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas tree this year – a real Christmas tree – there are some important (and easy) safety precautions that you can take to prevent tree fires.

  • Water regularly – Keeping your tree well watered will not only keep your tree healthier, but decrease the odds of your tree become dry and more flammable.
  • Place wisely – Even though the most picturesque place for your tree might be next to the fireplace, it’s safer to keep your tree away from heat sources.
  • Light conservatively – Overloading your tree with lights can overheat the tree and overload circuits.
  • Switch to LED – LED lights burn cooler than traditional bulbs (they also save you money).

Source: WAOW

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Topics: Homeowners, safety, Home Maintenance, Holidays

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