Wilson Borough contractor sentenced to state prison for home improvement fraud
News from The Express-Times – lehighvalleylive.com:

A 42-year-old Wilson Borough contractor already serving up to a year in state prison saw his time behind bars grow this morning for accepting more than $ 62,000 on three projects he failed to performed.

Northampton County Judge Jennifer Sletvold today sentenced Jerry Allen Jr. to one to two years in a Pennsylvania state prison followed by five years of probation. The sentence will begin after he’s finished a one- to two-year prison sentence out of Berks County.

Police said Allen accepted $ 37,000 in November 2011 to renovate a Freemansburg home on the 200 block of Juniata Street. Allen would give 84-year-old homeowner Stuart Johnson periodic updates, saying things were going well un…………… continues on The Express-Times – lehighvalleylive.com

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3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
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(BPT) – If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.

Building industry experts suggest that creating a comfortable home shouldn’t mean homeowners have to compromise on which upgrades they complete or the materials used. Smart home improvement investments can mean homeowners are better protected from the elements while creating a greater level of comfort. There are three key home improvement upgrades that homeowners can do to improve the quality and comfort of their home.

1. Windows and doorways can account for up to 20 percent of the air escaping from the average American home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This significant amount of air leakage can often mean HVAC equipment will work overtime to compensate – meaning an increase in monthly expenses. Replacing your existing windows and doors with newer Energy Star-rated options can mean better energy efficiency resulting in lower bills as well as increased comfort……………. continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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