April 2010

Found 3 blog entries for April 2010.

skytop_300Last year I got the energy saving bug and went on a rampage.

I replaced every light bulb in our home with the LiteTronics Neolite energy saver tubular bulbs. Yes I know, they don't look like tyhe old regular light bulbs, but once you get by that aspect what a difference it has made in the home. Just from a cost saving standpoint, a 13 watt Neolite bulb is equal to a 60 watt incandescent old fashioned bulb and will burn for 12,000 hours.

I put the new bulbs in everywhere, general lighting, table and floor lamps, recessed can fixtures, as well as ceiling fan fixtures. The total savings on our monthly electric bill has certainly been dramatic

The other thing that I did was to have four 12" tubular skylights installed in our home here in Naples in areas

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sales-up_400Mortgage rates seem to have begun a slow rise which will certainly help the economy, as well as get the real estate fence-sitter a bit more motivated. One of the reasons for the rise is the fact that the government is no longer pushing to keep them low to stimulate the economy.

The rates for a 30-year fixed home loan rose dramatically to their highest level in 8 months. The average rate was 5.21% compared to the record low in December of 4.21%.  The rates do not include add-on fees which are also known as'points'. (One point is equal to 1% of the loan amount.)

The mortgage rates have been following the bond yields higher, one factor that can be attributed to the improving job market reports. March figures showed the largest monthly gain in the

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naples_zoo_sign_400As an amateur photographer, one of the places where I love to shoot is the Naples Zoo. You just never know what you are going to get with all the wonderful plants and animals.

The Naples Zoo has a relatively short but interest history. In the 1960s, Lawrence (Jungle Larry) Tetzlaff and his wife Nancy (Safari Jane)began the intorduction of rare and exotic animals to what was then known as Caribbean Gardens. Larry Tetzlaff died in 1984 and his son, David, vowed to carry on the tradition of building a zoo started by his father.

Since its early days, the Naples Zoo has come a long way becoming a non-profit operation entity and gaining accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a destinction that less then 10% of the zoos in the United States

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