Citizens Bank,Citizens Financial Group, Inc has announced it set a company record for new checking accounts opened by Citizens Bank and Charter One customers during a one-week period. From October 3 through October 9, 2009, Citizens opened tens-of-thousands of new checking accounts throughout its 12-state retail footprint, surpassing its previous one-week record in 2007 by nearly 200 percent. We are committed to simplifying our customers busy lives by making banking easier, said Vice Chairman Martin Bischoff, who heads Consumer and Business Banking at Citizens Financial Group. Our recent offers have enabled us to attract tens-of-thousands of new Citizens Bank and Charter One customers. As part of our focus on exceptional service, we look forward to providing our customers helpful banking solutions to achieve their financial goals.Last week, Citizens began offering new customers up to $220 for opening a checking account. Through the offer, which ends November 13, 2009, customers earn: $50 for enrolling in direct deposit; $25 for making five online bill payments; $25 for making five debit or credit card transactions and up to $120 a year with Green$ense, which rewards customers for helping the environment by reducing paper-based transactions.Launched last October, Green$ense rewards customers $0.10 for each electronic payment they make, up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Unlike other incentive programs, Green$ense deposits cash directly into a customer s checking account on a monthly basis, providing greater savings and spending flexibility. And, rather than limiting cash payouts to debit card transactions, customers enrolled in Green$ense earn money for debit card purchases (signature and PIN), online bill payments and recurring payments, making it the most robust program of its kind in the industry.In addition to Green$ense, Citizens has created other helpful solutions for customers. HomeBuyer Savings℠ and CollegeSaver℠ are two new innovative products that put an extra $1,000 in the pockets of Citizens Bank and Charter One customers who are saving for two significant life events purchasing homes and funding their children s college education. Since launching the products in April 2009, Citizens is opening about 1,000 Homebuyer Savings and CollegeSaver accounts every week.With HomeBuyer Savings, customers receive the $1,000 towards their new home when they save a minimum of $100 per month for 36 months and finance their home with Citizens Bank or Charter One. At the end of three years, customers can use their accumulated savings towards a down payment with the additional $1,000 applied against their closing costs.CollegeSaver enables customers who save a minimum of $25 per month until their child is 18 to earn a $1,000 bonus plus interest for opening an account by their child s sixth birthday. Customers receive the $1,000 bonus plus all the accrued interest when the child turns 18.In addition to Citizens helpful products, it offers customers free Fit CheckupsSM, one-on-one consultations with bankers who can help them select the products and services that best fit their borrowing and savings needs. Citizens has provided nearly 2 million Fit Checkups since it began offering them in February of 2008. Customers can learn more about Citizens products and special promotional offers at citizensbank.com or charterone.com, or by visiting their nearest branch.About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $153 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has 1,480 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of June 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG s Web site is citizensbank.com. Source: Citizens Financial Group.
From the outside this Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs blends seamlessly in with its elegant neighbours, but on the inside it’s one of Australia’s few high-performing passive homes.From the outside this Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs blends seamlessly with its elegant neighbours, but on the inside it’s one of Australia’s few high-performing passive homes.And that’s exactly the point, according to Jorge Guerreiro of the design and building company, H4Living.“Beautiful homes can have passive design principles,” Mr Guerreiro said.“It comes down to the finer details of the construction and the products used, and together these offer a wholistic approach focusing on ‘build better to live better’.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInside Kyle Sandilands $3 million country retreat01:05 H4Living has completed a number of high-performance homes in Australia. Inside the Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Guerreiro noted 80,000 high-performing passive homes have been constructed worldwide.“A home built to the Passivhaus standard is a highly energy efficient home which achieves high thermal comfort and exceptional indoor air quality with minimal energy consumption,” Mr Guerreiro said.Some of the materials used include windows that are double glazed, continuous wall and ceiling insulation and air sealing barriers that envelop the home.When fitted with features like solar panels, passive homes can also easily achieve nett zero energy consumption.Mr Guerreiro conceded state-of-the-art homes cost more, adding around 7 to 10 per cent to the price of a build, but said the reduced energy consumption and lifestyle benefits mitigated the initial outlay.H4Living has completed a number of high-performance homes in Australia, with further homes currently in the design process.“Demand for high-performing passive homes is increasing as knowledge spreads,” Mr Guerreiro said. Completed late last year, the property is airtight, includes super insulation to eliminate heat loss or gain, and has an energy recovery ventilation system.These features allow the home to remain at a stable and constant temperature, with no temperature variation between floors, and up to 90 per cent less energy required for heating and cooling.The home was designed to meet high-performance Passivhaus design principles, now starting to be recognised globally. The Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs.