In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.
So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bicycle? First of all, congratulations. Your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. And you’re going to save money and reduce your environmental impact! You probably have a bunch of questions about bike commuting gear, though.
What does hunger look like in Vermont? 69,724 Vermonters live in food insecure households, meaning they don’t have regular access to nutritious foods. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to a lack of financial resources.
What’s cool during the summer, warm during the winter, and environmentally friendly throughout the year? A heat pump! Heat pumps (also referred to as ductless or cold-climate heat pumps, or mini-splits) can be an energy efficient home heating solution, depending on the layout and building envelope of your home and the heating systems you already have in place. And they double as an air conditioner in the summer. What could be better than that?
I’m a thrifty type, but I recently came down with a case of travel fever. It started two years ago with a trip to Barcelona and has spread to frequent small excursions in the states and Canada and a whirlwind weekend trip to Iceland. Being relatively low on cash, I have quickly discovered some great ways to save abroad, up north, and on US soil. I like knowing how to travel cheap and if you’re reading this, I suspect you do too, so here are five tips to help you get where you want to go at minimum cost.
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In today’s world, there are very few reasons NOT to go solar. So why go solar? Solar equipment is becoming more affordable and community solar arrays make it possible for those who rent their home, or have a site with poor sun exposure or other barriers to a solar installation, to benefit from an off-site solar array. This article will focus on 7 more reasons.
Listen Here: As home prices go up, you can cut costs by moving into a tiny house or a mobile home. Tiny houses are the most affordable, but not everyone can handle a tiny living space. If you’re considering downsizing or finding a more affordable home, you can start by comparing and contrasting these two styles.
Listen Here: I’m a mother of two who works a full time job, but volunteering is important to me. I want to be involved in my community and use my passion to help others. It is difficult to find the time and energy to find volunteer opportunities and make it happen, though. Fortunately, I am an engagement specialist by profession, and am responsible for helping co-workers find volunteer outlets for their passions, so I have learned some tips and tricks for freeing up time to give back to the community. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way:
Listen Here: The end of January is on the horizon. Are you still holding strong to your New Year’s resolutions or are they languishing in the wasteland of abandoned intentions? Maybe you hoped to save enough to make a downpayment on a new home this year or put more into your retirement fund. Maybe you just want to lose a few extra pounds. Well, this is your reminder to pull out those dejected intentions or create a fresh set of resolutions based on your needs, wishes, or desires, and try something new today.