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Feel Safe in Your Apartment Home

Sure, you want to feel safe in the distance from your car to your apartment home and once you’re inside or away, you don’t want to have to worry about break-ins. There are many things you can do as an apartment dweller, from affordable home security systems to light timers to commonsense (but sometimes forgotten) safety practices.

Homeowners have the option of hard-wiring traditional alarm systems, which you can’t do when you’re renting an apartment. Technology to the rescue! There are wireless home security cameras that you can install without the bother of invasive installation and monthly fees from a security company. (Check with your apartment management to make sure it’s OK before you install anything.)

A Happy Apartment Is an Organized Apartment

Perhaps you just moved into your new apartment home and you’re wondering where to put everything or you’ve been staring at the same clutter (and it keeps growing!) for months and thinking it’s high time to do something about it. At one point, we all have those moments of clarity when we realize: I’ve got to be more organized and get serious about decluttering.

Not only is keeping your apartment organized great to impress those unexpected visitors, but did you know there are health benefits to staying organized? When your home is more organized, you feel better, make healthier choices and your relationships improve (so that’s what the secret is!).

How to save energy in your apartment home

Sometimes, when it comes to global warming, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and wonder what we can do as individuals to help or at least not cause any more harm. As an apartment dweller, there are many ways to conserve energy—and save money as well.

While much of the discussion about curbing global warming centers on oil and gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40 percent of all energy consumption. More than half of that applies to residential buildings of all types, including renter-occupied structures.

How to Create a Budget You Can Live With

Clueless on managing your money? Do you wonder where your money goes each month? You’re not alone!

One recent study asked 1,000 Americans over the age of 30 about finances and less than half could explain what a 401(k) is or had working knowledge of interest, bankruptcy and how inflation works. More than half of those in the study, 55 percent, said that they felt lost when it comes to creating a long-term and stable financial plan. Only 30 percent said they had made a proper financial plan with their income using a budget. Merely 13 percent had a five-year plan for their finances.