6 Ways to Save on Your Apartment Energy Bill this Spring

We all dread seeing that gas and electric bill come in the mail each month. Now that spring is here and the warmer weather is arriving, we can start turning off those heating sources and start saving a little bit of money. In addition to turning your heat off, here are 5 ways YOU can save on energy in your apartment this spring.

1.    Unplug/ turn off

Be sure to turn off all lights when you leave a room.  This not only helps with the electricity, but it will help keep the room cooler for any lights that give off any heat. Same goes for fans; be sure to turn off all fans when you leave a room.  No need to use a fan when you are not in the room.  Unplug appliances while not in use, like your coffee maker, computers and TV’s. Even though you’re not using them, having them plugged in still uses some energy.
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10 “Out of the Ordinary” Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Apartment

spring cleaningSpring has sprung! Time for warmer weather, sunshine, and April showers that bring May flowers. It’s also time for some spring cleaning! We all dread it, but once it’s done, it feels so good!  You’ve probably already read our previous posts about spring cleaning (if not- check them out here and here), but we are here to share with you some out of the ordinary spring cleaning ideas for your apartment.

Clean Your Rugs

Whether it’s a large area rug or a small entry way rug, they may look okay, however they may be hiding lots of dust and dirt. Start by taking them outside and shaking them out. Hang them over your balcony and use a broom to “smack” the dirt out.  Once that’s done, sprinkle some baking soda or carpet deodorizer on them, let them sit and vacuum over them. Another way to clean them is to rent a carpet cleaner and run it over the rugs.

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5 Quick Tips for Planning Your College Spring Break

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Planning for spring break in college can be exciting, yet sometimes tough.  Now’s the perfect time to start your planning! We put together 5 quick, yet important tips for planning your college spring break!

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No Time for Cleaning?

Your apartment is a mess. You’re sick of it. If you have to look at that pile of clothes for one more minute, you might throw it out the window…but studying for your upcoming exam seems way more important, so you just don’t have time to clean.

You know you would feel better if you got it over with. It’s amazing how living in a clean environment can take some stress out of your life and even help you work more productively within your space. It’s easier to clean up now than to hope you will magically have more time later on.

Don’t let the prospect of tidying up overwhelm you; cleaning doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. Even dedicating just 5 or 10 minutes of your day to cleaning one room of your home will make a world of difference!

We hope these quick cleaning tips will help even the busiest individuals get down to it:

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  1. Preparation

    1. Have a cleaning bucket ready to go with all of your cleaning supplies.
      1. Rubber Gloves
      2. Window Cleaner
      3. Paper Towels
      4. Rags
      5. Multi-Purpose Cleaner
      6. Sponges
      7. Dustpan and Brush
      8. Scrubbing Brush
      9. Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Brush
      10. Swiffer
    2. Set a timer. If you are really in a time crunch this will help you work harder without worrying about what time it is.
    3. Put some beats on! Playing music while you clean will make the time fly, and the task will be more fun. We suggest listening to something upbeat and fast paced like this playlist: http://8tracks.com/pistolproof/sorry-about-the-mess

 

  1. Quick Cleaning tips

    1. Clear the clutter (Hint: Decorative baskets and bins are a great way to hide items that you can’t find a home for anywhere else.)
    2. Wash the dishes.
    3. Wipe down all surfaces, the shine will make the room feel much cleaner.
    4. Vacuum or sweep; it won’t take as long as you think and will make future mopping much easier.
    5. Make your bed.
    6. Fluff the pillows.
    7. Spray some Febreze and crack a few windows to make your place smell fresh and clean.
  1. Keeping it Clean

    1. Straighten up regularly. Now that you have experienced how quickly you can clean up, it won’t be so painful to do it more frequently. It will be a lot less work too.
    2. Organization systems help. Use your bins, boxes, and baskets; and clutter will be less likely to pop up.
    3. Consciously put things away when you’re done using them, and clean up messes as they happen. If you are quick to react, you will be on your way to faster relaxation.

Spring Break

calendar marchHave you ever thought about a “staycation” for spring break this year? Sticking around Madison to relax, laugh, eat and sleep could be fabulous! If you’re not one of the lucky few who gets to travel somewhere warm this year, we’d like to offer you a few ideas to make your spring break in Madison just as special.

Our suggestions to help you plan the perfect staycation:

  • Relax: Doesn’t laying around on the couch for a few hours and just breathing or catching up with your Netflix queue sound like a great break from the hectic life you lead? Taking a day or two to recoup might be just what the doctor prescribed.
  • Be Productive: So, we know, being told to do school work during Spring Break may sound bizarre. But, once you’ve caught up on some much needed sleep, you might just be itching to do something productive. Spring break is a great opportunity to catch up on your coursework from the past few weeks. If you’re already caught up, use a day or two to kick it into high gear and get ahead of the game. Down the road, this just might give you a little spare time you never thought you’d have.
  • Work: It can’t hurt to make a little extra cash this week! With lots of students leaving Madison for the week, you can score major brownie points with your boss by picking up extra shifts. If you don’t have a job, this could the perfect time do some career searching. Sending in a few resumes and even scheduling an interview or two would be a great spring break success story.
  • Volunteer: If you’re interested in using your spring break to make a difference, we recommend volunteering. There are plenty of opportunities out there to work with non-profit organizations in our community. Check out these websites to see if there is anything around you that sparks some interest: http://www.volunteermatch.org/ OR http://www.volunteeryourtime.org/
  • Have Fun: There are always things happening in and around Madison. Consider checking out a show at the Overture Center, doing something outside at a city park, or visiting a part of town you haven’t explored yet. For specific ideas, these community calendars list many of Madison’s upcoming events and attractions:

Trust us when we say that spring break in Madison can be fun, relaxing, and even productive! Whether you’re staying or leaving, we wish you a great week off! We will see you when you get back. 🙂