In late Spring, I sent a quick poll out to 4,700 subscribers of my newsletter. Wait, you don't subscribe? Well, just click here and get on board.
Here are the results to a variety of life-style questions:
Swimming pools. Good? Bad? Only bad if above ground.
If you had to pay for parking, how much would you really be willing to pay?
- Bad, especially bad if above ground. Over 90% of responders were negative about pools.
If you could move today, where would you move to?
- While 41% were steadfast in their refusal to pay, most were willing to pay between $7,500 and $30,000 to purchase a parking spot.
If you could live without a car, would you?If you had to pick, which of these neighborhoods would you move to?
- 58% said "Into the city"
- 35% said "To the suburbs"
- The rest would move to the exurbs or rural areas.
- 36% Medford Square
- 30% Eggleston Square, JP
- 19% East Boston
- 10% Ashmont / Peabody Square, Dorchester
- 9% Dudley Square, Roxbury
- 9% Uphams Corner, Dorchester
- 7% Chelsea
- 5% Codman Square, Dorchester
The two biggest surprises of the survey were the strongly negative viewpoint on pools and the high result of Eggleston Square. I tossed Medford Square into this question almost as the "control" as the area is pretty well known and has been the recipient of a lot of positive press over the past two years. To see Eggleston, essentially, tie this location was impressive.
Sizzling sun and high humidity don't usually turn a mind to heating systems. Most are thinking of air conditioners, beaches and maybe a frozen cocktail. Well, that is precisely why the summer time is the best time to upgrade or repair your heating systems. Heating techs and plumbers are available, not too busy answering calls on how someone's boiler is out. You can even find some surprising deals on labor rates and equipment.
Just this week, National Grid announced a new rebate of a whopping $800 to convert to a tankless / on-demand hot water heater. These systems can be used to heat water or even heat your home via forced hot water. Savings from using these systems as opposed to conventional boilers or hot water tanks can be substantial. The rub on these systems, however, is that they can be expensive to buy and install.
From National Grid:
"For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, demand water heaters can be 24%– 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. ENERGY STAR® estimates that a typical family can save $100 or more per year with an ENERGY STAR certified tankless water heater.
The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater. A tankless water heater will typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which offsets its higher purchase price. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years. In contrast, storage water heaters last 10–15 years."
Pretty nifty, eh?