Giving gifts at Christmas has been a long-standing tradition for many families all over the world. Even though my holidays are incredibly busy, taking time to find a thoughtful gift to show my friends and family they are loved is important to me.
The recent push for renewable clean energy has moved solar to the forefront of alternative energy sources. It is now common to see solar panels on building rooftops, attached to a light post, and utilities throughout the United States powering homes, businesses, and parks. Worldwide solar capacity rose 50% in 2016, while nearly doubling in the United States. With improvements in efficiency and decreases in cost, the use of solar should continue to experience strong growth. There are even solar panels that resemble common roof shingle material such as tile, asphalt, and slate.
Telecommuting (working from home) is growing in popularity. According to Global Work Play Analytics, the number of U.S. workers who do at least 50% of their work at home or some location other than a central office grew by 115% between 2005 and 2015. As of 2015, there were approximately 4 million telecommuting professionals. While not everyone can work from home, 56% of U.S. employees have jobs that are telecommuting compatible, meaning there is room for growth.
Christmas is right around the corner which means stores are packed with people trying to find the perfect gift. It often seems like Thanksgiving is quickly surpassed in the excitement of Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Stores seem to keep pushing their hours further into Thanksgiving Day, trying to stay competitive. Last year, I remembered seeing advertisements for stores announcing they would be opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. This year, I even saw some stores open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving! It makes me so sad that many people are choosing to opt out of the family Thanksgiving dinner to score some deals on electronics and other items for Christmas presents. This holiday season, I urge you to spend time with your family.
When I did a quick internet search for “leadership,” I received 842 million results in less than a second. More often than not, people tend to associate leadership with individuals such as military generals, politicians, sports coaches, or business owners. However, I believe leaders come in many different shapes, sizes, and job levels. In essence, anybody can become a leader in their way. To quote Simon Sinek, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
As 2017 draws to a close, let’s reflect on some insurance-related items in the industry. While storms and hurricanes certainly dominated the headlines for a while, one issue that has been consistent throughout the year is an increase in auto insurance rates. If you’ve seen a rate increase this year and have wondered why (especially if you have a clean driving record), this blog post is for you.
Why are rates going up? There are three primary reasons.
The temperatures have gotten cooler, and the trees are vibrant with color! It is a beautiful time of year.
Fall also means animal-related car accidents are likely to rise. Between October and December, the annual deer breeding season (known as the rut) occurs. Deer can be very active and unpredictable during this time, and many find their way to our roadways.