electricityAs the mercury begins to rise, we all begin to think about our electricity bills. But how much per kilowatt hour do Texans pay? And how does that compare across the country? One data website created heat maps to illustrate just that.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Americans spend about 12.7 cents per kWh on average. But in Texas, we pay slightly less — 11.51, to be exact. That’s up slightly from last year’s average of 11.11.

Howmuch.net created heat maps that illustrate the average residential, commercial, and industrial rates across the country. We pulled Texas data specifically and created a handy chart, too.

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Recent severe weather has brought the issue of fly-by-night roofing companies to the forefront of the Texas Legislature. To combat scammers that prey on homeowners after hail storms and high winds, Texas State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) introduced HB 2101, also known as the Reroofing Contractor Registration Act. 

In order to comply with the proposed law, all roofers wishing to do business in Texas would have to register with the state. 

“This is a great bill that will help protect vulnerable consumers,” said Dallas Builders Association executive officer Phil Crone. “Wind and hail events, which are common this time of year, unfortunately also cause fly-by-night contractors to crawl out of the woodwork. When your roof is leaking and you want nothing more than to get your life back in order, you are ideal prey for these vultures.”

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Do you know if your child has a credit history? I’ll admit, even with all my work busting scams and investigating consumer complaints, I had never really taken the time to check.

But that’s changing — and many parents we talked to said they’ve either frozen or locked their child’s credit or are considering it, and some have even taken the steps to freeze their own to safeguard their hard-earned credit rating from would-be identity thieves and fraudsters.

After all, what happens now when your child is six or seven might not be uncovered until a decade later, when he or she tries to rent her first apartment, buy a car, or apply for a job. In fact, in 2017, more than a million children were victims of identity theft – and two-thirds of them were younger than age 8, a recent study found. (more…)