Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Improving Savings, Health, and Happiness by Modifying How the Family Operates the Home

Have you ever considered how the performance of your home can affect your family’s happiness and relationships. Unless you have a home economics degree, you probably haven’t given this much thought.

A new U/IFAS publications will provide you with information about how improving your home’s overall performance can help you improve savings, health, and happiness. The publication discusses ways to improve your home’s family operations, which are routines and behaviors practiced at home by your family.

The concept of overall home performance has much to do with re-thinking how we can be happier, but this is not necessarily synonymous with being comfortable. Finding ways to keep our family members together under the same roof and in a relatively peaceful state is no easy task. Many families may decide to spend extra money on the family rather than paying for unnecessarily excessive costs of maintaining a home.

This is understandable because keeping the family together and happy is a good goal and worthy of pursuit. If families focus on the various factors comprising their overall home performance, there exists the real possibility of creating financial savings for the family as well as having more discretionary time. However, improving the home performance sometimes takes place in small increments. It often requires extended periods of time before the benefits are truly noticeable.

You can find this publication at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY132200.pdf
Other publications in this series include the following:
·         Improving Savings and Health through Minor Conservation Measures in the Home (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1320)
·         Improving Savings and Health by Maintaining Your Home at a Ready-to-Sell Level (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1321)

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