Friday, April 24, 2015

Easy Ways to Go Green

Earth Day was this week and in honor of that, here are a few easy ways to conserve and be kinder to Mother Earth, courtesy of Realty Times.

Switch your standard incandescent light bulbs out for a compact fluorescent model (CFL).  CFL's take approximately 75% less electricity and last up to 10 times as long as a regular bulb.  Another great option is LED bulbs, which save even more energy and last even longer, although the initial cost outlay is higher.

If you aren't already doing it, recycle!  You can start by just recycling glass and plastic containers and work your way up to doing everything.  If your #apartment complex offers recycling, take advantage of it, but if not, find a center nearby where you can take your recyclable items.  By just recycling glass, related air pollution can be reduced by a fifth and related water pollution can be cut in half.  Glass that is thrown away can take a million years to decompose.

By shortening your showers, you can save tons of water.  Just a two minute shorter shower saves over 10 gallons of water.  So try being quicker with getting clean to help the environment and save money.

Turn off your computer rather than leaving it in sleep mode, which saves 40 watt hours a day, or $14 a year.  In fact, go ahead and turn off anything with an LED like your tv, cell phone charger, and printer.  Plug them all into power strips that can be turned off at night to save $200 a year.  Turn off video game systems when not in use to save another $100 annually.

Americans get an average of 40 pounds of junk mail annually, which is 100 million trees!  Unsubscribe from all those unwanted offers and circulars and save time and trees.

If everyone paid their bills online and stopped getting paper statements, the US alone could save 20 million trees, eliminate over two billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and eliminate 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste annually.

By choosing an energy star model when you buy new appliances, you can save $570 a year.  There are even tax credits when you purchase these models, which have been rated by the government to be good for the environment.

Ready to move into an apartment close to work with energy star appliances and green upgrades?  We can help you find a new home that's great for the environment and your pocketbook.  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Austin Tops Forbes' List for High Tech Job Creation

Forbes ranked #Austin as the number one city in the country for job creation in the technology field over the last ten years, the Austin Business Journal reports.

Forbes analyzed the changes in employment between 2004 and 2014 for tech-related fields like computer programming, semiconductor manufacturing, and more, plus the growth of jobs in STEM fields.

High-tech jobs grew by 31 percent in that time period across the country and STEM jobs grew by 11.4 percent.

By contrast, Austin's tech sector grew by 74 percent and as of 2014 its total number of tech jobs was 53,118.  STEM growth was 36 percent from 2004-2014 and the total number of STEM jobs was 86,189.

Number two on the list was Raleigh, North Carolina, whose tech industry grew by 62.3 percent and STEM growth was 39 percent.

Did you recently move to Austin for a job in the high tech or STEM industries?  A Plus Apartments can help you find the perfect #apartment near your job in the tech corridor or anywhere else in Austin!  Give us a call today at 512-231-1400.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Tallest Building in Austin Planned

The newest development announced for the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment will be the tallest building in Austin and the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River, the Austin Business Journal reports.  It will be called The Independent.

The 685 foot, 58 story condominium tower will be at the corner of West Third Street and West Avenue and is expected to cost $300 million.  The 950,000 square foot building will have 491,000 square feet of sellable space and 13,500 square feet of retail on the first floor.

There will be 370 condos in the project.  Units will range from 675 square feet for a one bedroom to 3,485 square feet for a 3 bedroom.  Amenities will include a dog park and lounge, play areas for children, a pool, fitness rooms, a sky lounge and spa, plus many more.

The company has not yet revealed when the project will kick off or be completed.

Looking for an #apartment near all the action downtown?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Quick Ways to Make a New Apartment Feel Like Home

Moving is exciting, but at first it can feel weird and unsettling to be in a new place.  Good Housekeeping has some tips for making your new place feel like home quickly.

Although it may seem to make the most sense to set up the living room first, unpack and organize your closet first. That way you will be ready to greet the day and not have to hunt for your clothing the first day in your new place.
Moving can be especially difficult for children, so if you have them, focus on getting their rooms set up first so they can feel at home and be comforted by their familiar belongings.

Pick sights or sounds that were regular in your old home and find a way to replicate them in your new apartment.  Also, wait to hang art until you're sure where you want it, but go ahead and unwrap it and set it up leaning against the walls so you can enjoy seeing your treasured collection while you mull over where it belongs.

Establish your routine by creating a landing strip or mudroom to put all your keys, coats, and bags as soon as you enter your new home.  If you can, use the same system you used at your old place to make it easy to pick up where you left off.

Fill one box with your favorite items and make sure it's easy to get to as soon as you arrive.  Maybe it's music and candles so you can play the music that makes you happy and enjoy scents that calm you as soon as you arrive.  

Set up your bed with clean linens so your first night in a new home can be enjoyed in your cozy bed.  Also, make your home smell great from the get go by cooking a great meal your first night in rather than ordering pizza. Cooking your new#apartment kitchen breaks it in and makes it yours.

Looking for a new apartment that will feel like home?  Give A Plus Apartments a call today at 512-231-1400!