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Solar Scams

Many of us, for reasons both environmental as well as financial, are contemplating “going off the grid” and installing solar panels on our homes.

Before you take the plunge, you should be aware of a potential scam that has popped in this field. It involves companies that offer to install solar panels on your home for free. The deal is, they own the panels and they will bill you every month, just like the power company.

Now, these companies promise that your bill will be substantially less than what you’re currently paying, but there have been reports of people actually paying more.

So before agreeing to anything, do your homework. Find out if other friends or family members have done business with the company. Research them online with the Better Business Bureau and things like Yahoo reviews. Finally, read your contract carefully and make sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into.

Reputable businesses are always glad to do business in the sunshine.

Making Home Renovations Pay

Fixing up your home? You might want to tell your insurance company about it.

8 of the 10 largest home insurers offer little-publicized discounts for certain renovations or upgrades.

Go to BankRate.com and type in "home insurance discounts" for more information.

4 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity

No-Cost Ways to Keep Safe from Scammers

Security Freeze – If you are over 65 or have been a past victim of identity theft, you can contact the major credit reporting agencies and request a security freeze. This restricts access to your credit history. If businesses can’t see your report, they won’t approve new financial accounts in your name. But beware, if you apply somewhere for credit, they won’t be able to see your report either.

Read more: 4 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity

Find Open Parking Space By Phone

If you live in a big city or are visiting an unfamiliar city, finding a parking space can be a hassle.

It doesn’t have to be.

There are a variety of parking apps for your smartphone that can help located and in the case of paid parking, even help you reserve open parking spaces while you’re still on the road!

Here are just a few:

  • Parker (TheParkerApp.com)
  • SpotHero (SpotHero.com)
  • ParkWhiz (ParkWhiz.com)
  • BestParking (BestParking.com)
  • ParkMe (ParkMe.com)
  • Parking Panda (ParkingPanda.com)

Thank us later. Right now, you’ve got a parking space to find!

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