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How to Use Renewable Energy in Your Apartment

Generally, apartment dwellers don’t typically get to choose their electricity provider. Whatever company is in the building they lease at is their provider through and through. So for the energy conscious out there, how do you help the environment when you can't choose your energy source? After all, there is a whole slew of renewable energy out there. Why not use it? If you’re a renewable energy enthusiast, as we all should be, but rent in a community that does not use  any of these solutions, here's how you can play your part in helping the environment:

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College Care Packages

By now, it’s been several weeks since college students have returned to school and for most, it might be several weeks more before their doting parents get to see them again. The solution to this is simple. Send a care package! If you’re not sure what to include in your college care package, we can help. Here’s a great list of fun and practical items your college student will be happy to receive:

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Affordable Apartment Cities

In a tight economy, everyone is looking to pinch pennies where they can, but more often than not, the place you live isn’t something you can compromise. Did you know that 35% (NMHC) of the US population rents? That’s a big number! And a lot of those renters are living in apartments. So why not make the most of your renting experience and enjoy affordable and comfortable living quarters?

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Popular Fall Packages

There’s a distinct crispness to the air as we turn from hot and humid to a mild and comfortable atmosphere of the Autumn season. Any day now, leaves will begin to change just as the days grow shorter. Kids will flock to apple orchards and pumpkin fields as the rest of the family prepares for upcoming holidays. For some, it is their favorite season and the popular packages of this time of year show why:

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5 Great Cities for Green Apartment Living

The progress society has made in terms of eco-friendly technology and building standards mean that more people are seeking ways to live green and have a smaller footprint on the environment. One of the ways you can help the environment is to live in green apartments when seeking a home in a city or urban area. Every city is working in its own way to make the Earth a better place for future generations, but there are a few that stand out above the rest. Although there are green apartment sand for-rent communities throughout the U.S., these 5 cities (in no particular order) have high concentrations of green-built communities, and go the distance in making it easier for you to live green.

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Myths About Packages

Between FedEx and UPS, nearly 25 Million packages were shipped each day in 2012. That’s half a million going to each state—day in and day out. With that many packages traveling across the country and even more internationally, it’s no wonder myths about shipping packages pop up everywhere. We’ve collected some of the biggest package myths and have put the rumors to rest. Here’s the truth:

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Do and Don’t’s for Pets In Apartments

It’s no secret that pets help alleviate stress and they can add years to your life. They are our unflinching friends and the confidantes that keep all our secrets. If your apartment doesn’t allow furry friends, we’re sure you’ve probably had some fish or a lizard at some point. However, if your apartment does permit the higher maintenance pets, you must be sure to follow the unspoken rules of pet owning. Don’t know them? Here’s a simple list of Do’s and Don’ts to abide by:

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Off-Campus Student Housing Secrets

Even though the summer is barely half over, for many college students, a new year is nearly here. For upperclassmen, this probably means moving into an apartment or home for the year that they’ve rented off-campus. While this opportunity provides extra freedom, it can also be laced with potential pitfalls. Not to worry, there are a few secrets we’re willing to share to help make students enjoy the experience to its fullest:

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Best Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

What most people don’t realize is that not all of the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. In fact, most of them signed the parchment on August 2nd. While we celebrate our nation’s birthday on the 4th, we might as well spend the entire month of July celebrating. After all, there’s just too much to do and see around our country all in one holiday weekend. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate:

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San Diego Wrap-Up

We left for San Diego eager to talk about our locker system at the largest convention of the year, but not quite sure what to expect. When we showed at the NAA Student Housing conference in Vegas this winter, the booth was flooded with visitors. With that in mind, we were still amazed by the growing interest in what we have to offer and how busy our San Diego exposition was. From open to close we had people to talk to.

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Popular Summer Packages

The season of lemonade, pool parties and heat waves has arrived sooner than expected for most of the country. Even though the heat can be hard to beat, summer is a wonderful season because of its ability to bring people together. Neighbors, friends and family spend more time outside and are given the chance to mingle and enjoy the company of others on a sunny day. It’s also the time of year when the focus in people’s shipping needs shifts into fair-weather gear. Here are some popular packages sent out during summer months:

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Care Packages for the Military

This Memorial Day, in addition to attending parades or other celebratory events to honor people who have given their life to our country, why not spend some time putting together a care package for someone you know who is actively serving in our nations military? It’s the ideal way to remember the servicemen and women who have made an impact on our country while showing appreciation for those currently protecting our freedoms. If you don’t know someone personally, ask around. Surely you know another person who does. Here are some ideas for your package:

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Best Pets for Apartments

It’s no secret that owning a pet can help you de-stress after a long day at work or class, but finding the right pet for your apartment can be a bit more challenging. Certain animals require more attention and commitment than others, while some can more or less take care of themselves. So long as your apartment is pet friendly, there is an animal friend right for your situation.

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Shipping Do’s and Don’ts

For anyone sending a package to a friend, relative or client, the do’s and don’ts of this process might seem confusing because shipping companies don’t often have a definitive list. Because they’re focused on mailing safety, as they should be, this creates a gap in the information consumers are seeking out. Never fear, we’re here to help solve that problem. Here is a surefire list of do’s and don’ts for anyone sending packages:

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How to Organize Your Apartment

When you first moved in, did your apartment look bigger without all your stuff? Now that you’ve filled it with furniture and nick-nacks, do you wish you had more space? Of course you do. The average apartment is only 500 square feet and you have collected a lot of things over your lifetime. There’s no need to worry over the possibility of throwing something out.  With a few

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Popular Spring Packages

Today is the first day of the spring season! After weeks of cold and snow, everyone is looking forward to a change of pace. Warmer weather and longer days are ahead of us in a time where leaves start to emerge on trees and flowers bloom from the ground. With the new season come new reasons for people to purchase gifts for themselves and others. Easter candy aside, here’s a few of the most popular packages people send in Spring:

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Vegas Conference Wrap-Up

Last week, the Package Concierge team exhibited at the NAA Student Housing Conference in Las Vegas. The Aria resort provided a glamorous backdrop to the gathering of over ## of property management, student housing vendors and services. With the goal in mind to showcase the need for our apartment service and garnish an enthusiastic return, we can say without hesitation that the conference showing was a success.

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Post Saturday Mornings

Recently, the USPS announced that they would no longer be delivering mail on Saturday. While there will be no weekend mail, packages will still be coming in to apartment communities and student housing as usual. For the Postal Service, the elimination of one delivery day is a great move that will save billions in the long run. But is it equally beneficial to the everyday man? We take a look at the pros and cons of this decision and how it will affect apartment communities:

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