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How The Energy Rates In Texas Compare To Other States In The US

In this article you will learn more about the average prices of energy rates in each state as it compares to Texas. These numbers will show you just how much is typically spent on energy in each state; with these numbers you will get a better understanding of just how much each household spends on average.

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The Numbers Do Not Lie

In 2011, the statewide average price for all sectors from all of the electric utilities based on the latest federal figures in the numbers below, Texas really does not come close to what some of the other states offer at lower prices per kWh. With the national average being $9.00 per KwH, it is clear that there is not much of a savings according to the numbers just 2 years ago.

  1. Idaho 6.44
  2. Wyoming 6.58
  3. Washington 6.78
  4. Utah 7.13
  5. Kentucky 7.17
  6. Arkansas 7.43
  7. North Dakota 7.50
  8. Iowa 7.56
  9. Louisiana 7.68
  10. Oklahoma 7.80
  11. Nebraska 7.88
  12. West Virginia 7.88
  13. Indiana 8.01
  14. Oregon 8.04
  15. South Dakota 8.05
  16. Montana 8.23
  17. Missouri 8.32
  18. North Carolina 8.64
  19. Minnesota 8.65
  20. New Mexico 8.74
  21. Mississippi 8.78
  22. South Carolina 8.80
  23. Virginia 8.84
  24. Kansas 8.89
  25. Illinois 8.97
  26. Nevada 8.97
  27. Texas 9.00
  28. Ohio 9.03
  29. Alabama 9.10
  30. Tennessee 9.28
  31. Colorado 9.39
  32. Georgia 9.61
  33. Arizona 9.71

National Average 9.90

  1. Wisconsin 10.21
  2. Michigan 10.40
  3. Pennsylvania 10.45
  4. Florida 10.61
  5. Delaware 11.48
  6. Maryland 11.93
  7. Maine 12.58
  8. District of Columbia 12.81
  9. Rhode Island 13.04
  10. California 13.05
  11. Vermont 13.80
  12. Massachusetts 14.11
  13. New Jersey 14.30
  14. New Hampshire 14.74
  15. New York 15.89
  16. Alaska 16.08
  17. Connecticut 16.35
  18. Hawaii 31.59

What does this mean for you?

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Comparatively speaking, the price is on the higher end by looking at the lower priced energy providers but it is still lower than those states that charge $10 plus and higher; look at Hawaii, that just leaves a very bad taste in my mouth for a place that is supposed to generate thoughts of paradise and relaxation overall.

While you may not be able to overlook the fact that Texas is not as good in price as one might have thought without the knowledge of the numbers above, there is not a case of having sticker shock.

Although, the numbers do not lie and they speak loud enough, I think there is still much more to this than the numbers. One thing that Texas has in comparison to some states like Maryland and California, they have the option of picking their energy provider; essentially finding your own provider allows you to have some say in how much you spend each month on your energy bill. This is an advantage that can outweigh the cost of your bill each month; it all depends on you and how you look at the whole scheme of things.

Author Bio: Jason is a chemical engineer working in a firm in Dallas Texas. He occasionally writes about his political views and how prices has gone up over the years for various day to day products. He recently moved in Texas and was comparing Energy Rates in Texas over other states which made him write this resourceful article.

Texas Retirement Communities: The ‘Independent Living’ Option

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Texas ranks 7th in the nation as a choice location, among retirees, who wish to spend their ‘Golden Years’ in a state that offers plenty of warm weather and sunshine.

‘Independent Living’ in Texas is as popular as Texas is large!  Throughout the state, a multitude of Independent Living facilities are available.  In the Arlington area, for example, there are 22 Independent Living communities to choose from.   Dallas has 25 locations, San Antonio and Austin have 18, Corpus Christie and its surrounding area has 30– the list goes on!

What Is ‘Independent Living’?

‘Independent Living’, as it pertains to retired individuals, refers to retirement communities designed, specifically, for seniors 55 years and greater who maintain good health and do not require assistance or supervision of their daily activities.  Many Independent Living facilities offer housekeeping and laundry services; and on-site medical-staff are often available to attend to the health needs of residents, if needed.  For individuals who have chosen an Independent Living lifestyle, self-sufficiency is still a very important component in their lives!

These fortunate retirees live in attractive, single units, resembling apartments, and are in charge of their own schedules and daily care.   Each complex is occupied by like-minded adults who enjoy the freedom to come and go as each one pleases.   Since the residents are close in age and share a history of many life experiences, a true sense of community emerges and, for many, close friendships develop and become cherished and appreciated.

A variety of planned activities within the communities are enjoyed; and shuttled transportation is often provided so residents can take in the festivities within the surrounding communities.

What Amenities Are Offered?

Independent Retirement Communities are self-contained and though each community may be managed slightly differently, each facility will offer niceties, which could include:

— hair salons

—libraries

— fitness/ game rooms and spa treatments

— live entertainment

— private movie theaters

—outdoor gardening and craft classes

— walking trails

For the more spirited residents, Poker games and ‘Movin To The Beat’ dance and exercise classes keep  minds strong and spirits high.

Discover the many other programs and activities that are available from any number of Independent Living Communities within the many metropolitan areas of Texas!

Who Qualifies For Independent Living?

If a person is 55 years or better, he or she should be able to easily perform a variety of daily tasks, such as:

— Using the telephone:  Being able to dial numbers, look up numbers, etc.

— Managing medications:  Taking correct dosages of appropriate prescriptions

— Preparing meals:  Planning and fixing meals, safely, and making appropriate, healthy food choices

— Housekeeping:  Maintaining a safe, hygienic living area or being able to arrange hired staff to provide the service

— Shopping:  Ability to purchase needed items, including groceries, and making arrangements to transport purchases from store to home.

— Transportation:  Being able to drive safely or use public transportation for errands or visits to local family or friends

As the passage of time dictates, assessments of your senior’s functional abilities will be on-going to determine any modifications that might be necessary for his or her care requirements.  Assessments will help tailor the care plan to best meet the needs of your loved one.

Independent Living Retirement Communities are dedicated to enriching the lives of their senior population with signature services for those who value their freedom and independence.

Independent Retirement Communities provide an atmosphere for young-minded seniors to develop friendships, maintain a continued feeling of security, feel empowered with a sense of autonomy, and enjoy life to the fullest with others who share common interests.

Miss Carlson is a retired school teacher and grandmother who now writes on the topic of independent living.

 

 

3 Things You Want To Know Before Buying a Home in Texas

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For better or for worse, there remains a ton of useful and even critical information that goes unnoticed in the overwhelming pursuit of buying a home.  The information below serves to inform, warn, and encourage those looking into this option.      Whether you are more or less likely to purchase a home due to examining the material below, the hope is that you can make an informed decision.

Real Estate is Nearly the Foremost Industry in Texas

For those unfamiliar with the significance of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), it is the market value of all officially recognized goods and services produced within a certain geographic region within a particular period of time.  To give you an idea of the presence that the real estate industry has in Texas, it accounts for nearly 7.8 – 12 percent of the GDP of the entire state of Texas.  By way of comparison there are only two other industries in the state that can top that.   Of course this data was provided by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, so I don’t know how trustworthy it is (wink).  The fact that half a million dollars of revenue is generated in other venues of Texas’ economy for every 1 million generated in its real estate is certainly revealing.   To a would-be investor, this is certainly welcomed news, underscoring the healthy nature of a decision to make a move in this direction.

Property Tax is Very High

It is not uncommon for a state to have an income tax, which typically supplies public entities such as police, schools, etc.   With Texas this is not the case.  So where are the multitudes of funds generated to maintain the various public services Texans have come to enjoy?  You guessed it… home owners.   Of course this is by no means THE source of revenue; however it is the largest source fueling public services.  Here is how it works:  You have your local taxing bodies that determine how much money they need in order to continue to make their services available.  As mentioned above these are organizations such as police, public schools, etc.  Next you have the appraisal district, which asses the value of your property.   Once the value of the home is determined then the taxable value is multiplied by the tax rate in order to determine the amount.  Should any disputes arise between the tax payer and the appraisal district, there is an Appraisal Review Board in place to handle any disputes.

There are Many Assistance Programs Available

A simple visit to a Texas home programs site could easily revel nearly a hundred different programs that are in place to make the purchase of a home a reality for many who otherwise assume they have no business even thinking about it.  There are down payment assistance, first time buyer programs, mortgage advocacy, and down payment and closing cost assistance to name a few.   Often times these programs can often be specific to a particular city e.g. Dallas, Waco, etc.  so you actually have the help of the city who certainly want to make it as welcoming as possible to become a member of the community.  Often times it is in the best interest of the cities and or counties to make these programs available, so one should never feel like they are trying to win the lottery.   There are countless numbers of homes filled with families that never imagined they would be able to own their own home.

Daniel functions as a content developer in the U.S., helping businesses grow and communities to be informed.

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