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3 Reasons to make South Carolina your Home

Chris Laskowski7/1/2014  |  Categories: Community
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3 Reasons to make South Carolina your Home

A crisp, invigorating breeze rolls in with the fresh scent of wet soil and freshly cut grass from the neighboring golf course. The sun’s rays glide over open crystal clear waters mirroring the gentle dancing of the towering pines. It is simple to lose yourself to the peaceful majesty that is South Carolina and overlook the fact that making it your home is not only within reach, but it may also be the most lucrative investment you will ever make. You can be sure that SC isn’t just all looks, she’s a state that will sweep you off your feet and for 3 reasons you probably never considered either.

 

1.) Cost of living –A Wise Investment

 

It is difficult to believe that owning your personal slice of heaven could be affordable far before retirement, let alone manageable in terms of daily expenses. The truth is that South Carolina’s cost of living happens to be 7.30% lower than the national average. Given the rough economic climate in past years as well as the declining prospects in the job market, it is a telling sign that South Carolina’s unemployment rate rests at 1.3%, lower than the US average. This small difference in unemployment rates might seem insignificant until you factor in that the state has seen a population increase of 15.1% since 2000. It is no wonder that many young professionals as well as family’s looking for a stable environment are looking towards the cost friendliness and smart housing investments South Carolina has to offer. This means financial security, as well as the ability to own a private getaway most people only dream of (Sperling's Best Places, 2013).

 

2.) Culture and Cuisine -Southern Hospitality

 

Those that have been privileged enough to make their way to South Carolina and experience the spacious beauty will relate to you how the solid belief in southern hospitality still rings true in this neck of the woods. Your gracious hosts in the south are bound to also treat you to the biggest part of the culture, the food. Whether it be garlic cheese grits with shrimp, Caroline pork twirls or Beaufort stew, your pallet is in for a treat. Fine dining is taken seriously in South Carolina and even grits is an art form. South Carolina has some amazing cuisine, however their world class barbecue is by far their crowning achievement. The South Carolina Barbecue Association (SCBA) holds popular championship cook-offs around the state and the festivals surrounding them offer guests an opportunity to indulge in the finest barbecue you will ever have. It is precisely events like these that have cultivated South Carolinians’ spirit of togetherness and charm (South Carolina Barbecue Association, 2014).

 

3.) Lifestyle –Taking it Easy

 

We choose to miss out on far too much of our lives by struggling through the work week, only to stress during our weekends about the challenges to come. We lie to ourselves by saying “it will all pay off in the end”, it is often times only too late that we realize that the present is all that we know for sure. Natives of South Carolina share a lifestyle that understands these concepts all too well. That is why they choose to move at a different rhythm. They take things slowly because they are enjoying life and soaking up every moment. Entire communities such as Columbia’s prestigious Lake Carolina aim at fully embodying the concept of “living”. Of all the reasons to consider moving to South Carolina, lifestyle should be at the top of your list.

 

References

South Carolina Barbecue Association. (2014). South Carolina Barbecue. Retrieved from South Carolina Barbecue: http://www.scbarbeque.com/

Sperling's Best Places. (2013). Best Place to Live in South Carolina. Retrieved from Sperling's Best Places: http://www.bestplaces.net/state/south_carolina


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Summer Tips for Saving Energy

Chris Laskowski7/1/2014  |  Categories: Community
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Summer Tips for Saving Energy

Winter is a memory and the snow that once blanketed your neighborhood has been replaced with fresh grass that fills the air with the scent of summer. The heat sets in and what was once a welcome change becomes a costly home expense. New home owners in South Carolina have perfected the art of saving money on utilities while staying cool. Using these 7 tips, you will not only enhance your summer experience at a Lake Carolina home, but save money this summer.

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1.)    Install Whole House Fans

Installing a whole house fan definitely adds charm to a house, while serving a very practical use. By bringing in cool air and expelling heat, it is definitely a cost effective way to cool your home.

2.)    Seal Your Ducts

Making sure that ducts are efficiently sealed helps save energy, and adds to the safety of your home. Sealing ducts will allow for higher quality airflow, all while saving you money.

3.)    Screens to Reduce the Sunlight

Using screens or bamboo can reduce the amount of sunlight entering a home by 60% to% 80. It’s a fairly easy tactic to reduce costs while adding to the style of your home.

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People are often quick to reach for the thermostat, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Open the window and let in a breeze, it’s even better if you’re near a body of water.

5.)    Run Major Appliances after 10pm

People often don’t realize that during peak hours, utilities tend to cost more, and during the summer day, both water and electricity are in high demand. The solution is simple, use major appliances at night to reduce your costs.

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6.)    Keep Appliances away from the Thermostat

All appliances generate heat and it is usually a good idea to keep them away from the thermostat. Often times they will cause the thermostat to misread the actual temperature and that can equate to more costs.

7.)    Barbecue

Who says saving money has to be a hassle? One of the ways to minimize both heat within the home as well as keep cool is to have an outdoor cookout.


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