Category Archives Maintenence and Utilities

neighbors stealing wifi

neighbors stealing wifi Wireless internet service has become quite a luxury. Long gone are the days when you had to make tough choices that pit a tedious dial-up connection against using your home’s landline. Welcome to the 21st century, where checking for a good hotspot has become second nature. From quick trips to the grocery store to a weekend stay at a friend’s house, you only care about one thing: where’s the Wi-Fi? To keep others from connecting on the sly, here are some things you can do to keep your wireless network secure.

vacuum refrigerator coils

[caption id="attachment_70982" align="aligncenter" width="600"]how to vacuum refrigerator coils Vacuum your refrigerator coils twice a year to keep your fridge running efficiently.[/caption] Let’s face it: In the summertime, your refrigerator is your best friend. There’s nothing like the first sip of a cold beverage to cool you off when temperatures are sweltering, and you don’t even want to think about where you’d be without the freezer. A summer without ice is not a summer you’ll enjoy. Since so much is riding on this relationship, this month's green tip focuses on keeping your favorite appliance running smoothly. Regular refrigerator maintenance involves vacuuming the condenser coils on the back or the bottom to clear out the dust and gunk about twice a year. Removing this debris will ensure the fridge doesn’t have to work too hard to keep the insides cold. Even better, the less the refrigerator has to work, the less energy it consumes – which translates to lower energy bills for you. Now that’s cool. So how do you go about vacuuming those coils? We’ve got the process laid out for you, step by step.

iced tea

[caption id="attachment_63960" align="aligncenter" width="607"]A nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of ice in your apartment. A nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of ice in your apartment.[/caption] If you’re like us, you’re enjoying planting flowers and putting away your heavy sweaters as the last chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring. The warmer weather is always welcome – until it gets too hot, that is. Summer’s not far off, and with it will come soaring temperatures that can leave you uncomfortable in your apartment. You can’t do anything to ward off the dog days of summer, but you can prepare your home ahead of time so those sweltering days don’t bother you too much. Here’s how to ensure you’ll be cool as a cucumber when the heat hits.

change air filter 250p

[caption id="attachment_61206" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Changing your air filters every winter means your furnace doesn't have to work as hard to get warm air into your apartment. Changing your air filters every winter means your furnace doesn't have to work as hard to get warm air into your apartment.[/caption] Ah, the deep freeze of winter. Maybe you love the freshly fallen snow, the way you can see your breath in the air, and snuggling up under warm blankets while the wind howls outside. On the other hand, maybe you’re sick of runny noses, wearing 18 layers of clothing, and constantly worrying about whether the roads are safe for driving. Whether you’re reveling in a winter wonderland or nursing a serious case of spring fever, there’s one thing we all have in common: Our indoor heaters are running nearly all the time. That kind of energy use can make power bills skyrocket – but what’s the alternative? Shivering inside your own home? No thank you – we’d rather do what it takes to help our heating systems run more efficiently so we get all the cozy warmth without breaking the bank. Ready to get toasty? Read on:

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[caption id="attachment_60488" align="alignleft" width="360"]Click the image to view the full infographic! Click the image to view the full infographic![/caption]Don’t send your Thanksgiving down the drain! Plumbers report that the day after Thanksgiving is their busiest day of the year for housecalls. Don’t let plumbing woes distract you from your Black Friday shopping this year. Check out these do’s – and mostly don’ts -- for how to treat your apartment plumbing with care after Thanksgiving dinner is cleared away. Stay on friendly terms with your apartment community maintenance team by following these directions!

Solar panels come in small sizes now, so you can buy just one and cover some of your energy needs with the sun.

[caption id="attachment_60234" align="alignleft" width="360"]Solar panels come in small sizes now, so you can buy just one and cover some of your energy needs with the sun. Solar panels come in small sizes now, so you can buy just one and cover some of your energy needs with the sun.[/caption] Solar power is undoubtedly the wave of the future. Because solar panels are coming way down in price, you’ll see more and more homeowners proudly sporting shiny energy-saving devices on their roofs, hoping to make a dent in their power bills. But what about renters? Large-scale solar solutions, like rooftop panels, are designed for people who own their own homes. You can’t very well install your own solar panels on top of an apartment building. Fortunately, for apartment dwellers who want to go solar because it’s green, or even if it’s just to save a few bucks on energy bills, there are some solutions out there. You probably won’t be able to go totally off the grid, but that’s OK – every little bit helps. You just have to think smaller.

hot cold

what temperature to keep apartmentAre you guilty of turning the thermostat up or down when your partner isn't looking? Don’t be ashamed, lots of us are guilty of this apartment/relationship sin. And the deception is sure to increase as winter approaches.

Much like men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it’s been said that men are always hot while the ladies tend to be cold. But how does this gender disparity bode for the living quarters when both disagree on the temperature? Adjusting the thermostat every hour is the last thing you want to do. Trust us - that heating bill will skyrocket! Some might even suggest separate beds or separate rooms - gasp! So, what can the two of you do to remain comfortable and warm (or cool) this season?

daylight saving time fall 260p

daylight saving time fall Don’t forget: Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday in November. That’s this weekend! As we prepare to welcome earlier sunsets, take the opportunity to take care of a few things around your apartment: 1. Set the clocks back an hour. Obviously, this is the most important thing you have to do, or else you’ll be an hour early for everything. However, you don’t have to worry about it if you live in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or most of Arizona – these places don’t observe Daylight Saving Time.

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