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How to Have Less Clutter

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Did you just move into an apartment and quickly learn you have way too much stuff? Use these tips to declutter your apartment! article at: https://www.homeproperties.com/blog/february-2016/three-tips-for-living-with-less-in-an-apartment

 

1. Declutter Your Closet
Clothes you haven't worn in years are lurking in the back of your closet. Are you likely to wear them again? Do they even still fit? Set aside an afternoon to try on all of your forgotten clothing. Donate any pieces that no longer fit you or your style. Divide the rest of your clothes into a "definitely keep" and a "maybe" pile. Over the next few months, move clothes from the "maybe" pile to the "keep" pile as you wear them. After six months, get rid of any clothes that are still languishing unworn in the "maybe" section.

2. Sell Your Gadgets
Are you holding onto electronic gadgets, such as printers, speakers or old cell phones, simply because it seems wrong to throw out something valuable that still works? Earn some extra cash by selling electronics that you don't use on eBay or Craigslist. You can also use Amazon's Trade-In Program to swap your unwanted gadgets for spending credit on the site, but think carefully before you spend it on items that will cause more clutter!

3. Digitize Your Media
At one time, possessing an extensive media collection meant having an entire wall of your home filled with books, DVDs, photo albums, and CDs. You can now store all of your music, video content, and photographs on a single hard drive that takes up as much space as a single CD does. Buy a 1TB hard drive and devote a few hours to scanning your photos, so you can get rid of the old photo albums that sit on your shelves gathering dust.

 

 

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Reduce Summer Energy Costs

Thursday, 20 July 2017

With these hot temperatures outsides, you have to work harder to make sure your utility bills don't rise with the thermostat! Use these tips to help cut down on high summer bills. Full article at:http://blog.udr.com/3-simple-ways-to-reduce-summer-energy-costs/

 

  1. Hang blackout liners behind curtains.

Windows are responsible for approximately 25 percent of heat gain during the sweltering summer months, as well as heat loss during colder months. Hang blackout liners or shades behind curtains and close them during daylight hours when you aren’t using the room to keep the heat and light from the sun out. This green living strategy is especially beneficial if you have south- or west-facing windows. Your apartment will stay cooler without running the air conditioner as much.

  1. Program your thermostat.

Show your thermostat the same love you show your DVR by programming it according to your daily schedule. Most models allow you to input different settings for weekdays and weekends, as well as up to 6 different temperatures throughout the day. Experts recommend that you set the AC to 77-78°F while you are home, and increase the temperature about 20 minutes prior to your departure time each day. For every degree over 78°F it is set, you can save as much as 6-8 percent on your energy bill. Decrease the temperature 20 minutes prior to your return time, and don’t override the setting even if you feel like you’re melting from being outside for an extended period. Instead, cool your body off by drinking an ice-cold glass of water and/or putting an ice pack on your neck for a few minutes.

  1. Wash laundry in cold water and let it air dry.

The energy that your water heater uses accounts for approximately 14 percent of your total power bill. Using cold water in combination with an environmentally-friendly detergent gets clothes just as clean as hot water, while preserving fabric color and conserving energy. Increase your utility bill savings by using a drying rack on your deck or patio during warmer months instead of throwing them in your dryer.

 

 

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