6 Ways to Reduce Your Water Usage and Save Money!

Reduce your water bill, and your impact on the environment with these water-saving tips:

1. Use Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, it takes more water to hand-wash dishes than it takes to load them up in the dishwasher and Voila!

2. Take Shorter Showers

Aim for a five-minute shower. With a low-flow showerhead, you’ll use 12.5 gallons of water or less. Compare that to 37.5 gallons for a 15-minute shower, and the savings is pretty easy to see.

3. Shower Instead of Taking Baths

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it takes 35 gallons of water to fill the average bathtub. Switch to a five-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead, and you’ll save 22.5 gallons each time you scrub up!

4. Repair Faucet and toilet Leaks

According to the National Sanitation Foundation, a leaky faucet can waste 1000-2000 gallons of water a year, also a leaky toilet can waste as much as 500 gallons of water each day! Place a dye tablet (free at home improvement stores) in the toilet tank, and watch to see if the dye seeps into the bowl. If it does, you have a leak that needs to be addressed.A leaky faucet can waste 1000-2000 gallons of water a year

5. Turn the Water Off While You Brush/ Shave

Less flow time equals less water used.

6. Only Wash Full Loads

You’ll save water and wear and tear on your machine.

Try it Tuesday!

Baked Chicken Breasts

Prep 5 mins

Cook 15 mins

Total 20 mins

Author Kristin

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pound chicken breasts lightly so they are of even thickness.

Pour olive oil in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Lightly dredge the chicken through to coat it, then place chicken breasts side by side in the dish.

In a small bowl, whisk together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub it in with your hands. Place chicken breasts side by side, making sure there is no overlap.

Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until juices are clear or a meat thermometer reads 160-170 degrees. *Note – depending on the size of your chicken breasts, it could take longer. Mine were pounded to less than an inch thick.

Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes while the juices settle before slicing.

Serve hot.

Last Chance to catch the 2017 State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is a tradition like no other, and it has been a staple of fall in Texas since 1886. Whether you enjoy live music, agriculture, food, shopping, midway games and rides, or any of the other many activities around the park, anybody can have a great time at the State Fair. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you can think of for the 2016 edition of the State Fair of Texas. We open our gates at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and we’ll wrap it all up on Sunday, Oct. 22. That’s more than three weeks of fun for all ages.

 

Ways to save electricity in an apartment

While there’s no need to panic, your energy habits do affect your monthly bill. While nobody’s habits are exactly the same, let’s look at the most common ways you can start saving energy. Individually, these examples don’t offer huge savings, BUT the combination of all of them can really help you save money.

1) Use Energy-Efficient Light bulbs

2) Replace the Air Filter Every Three Months

3) Turn Off the Ceiling Fan and Lights when You Leave the House

4) Wash Clothes in Large Loads

Here are a few other tips regarding kitchen appliances…

  • Use the microwave to heat liquids rather than the stove. It’s faster and uses less electricity.
  • A 350°F oven is even more expensive to run when your air conditioner is running. Bake at night when it’s cooler outside. Then you can open some windows and use a fan to blow out the heat until you’re finished.
  • Dishwashers mainly use electricity to heat water and for drying. By running your dishwasher only at night, it reduces your AC’s heat load. Plus, you can also reduce the energy use by turning off the heated dry and leaving the door propped open right after it’s done washing. The hot dishes will quickly air dry.

 

Fall Pumpkins at Arboretum

For the 12th year, Autumn at the Arboretum, named as one of the Best Fall Festivals by Country Living magazine, includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin village featuring pumpkin houses creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash, along with hay bales and cornstalks. This year the pumpkin village takes each visitor on a trip highlighted the beloved book, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Guest travel through Pumpkin Village on an actual yellow-brick road, spiraling through Pecan Grove with stops at each major occurrence in the story of Dorothy and her adventures in the “land of Oz” re imagined with pumpkins, squashes and gourds. The exhibit starts it’s venture at Auntie Ems’ House, makes it’s way through Munchkin Land and the Witch’s Castle then on to Emerald City. Be sure to check the website for updated times for the exhibit.

Where?
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218

Dates & Times
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Daily through Nov 22

Refer A Friend

We are currently INCREASING the Resident Referral to $350. Refer a friend, co-worker, relative to be your new neighbor! To make things even sweeter we will pay the referral December 1st (as long as the referred person takes possession of the apartment by 10/31). There is no limit to how nice of a Christmas Holiday you can have this year and with FREE RENT I’d say it definitely worth spreading the word.