Apartment of the Week: Bucktown

$1,400 for this convertible studio in Bucktown is available now! This stunning garden unit has it all! The unit is a gut rehab featuring a stunning new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. The unit also has hardwood floors, central air, and in unit laundry!! It’s also pet friendly! This Bucktown location is close to the Kennedy Expressway, as well as the North Ave & Ashland Ave bus routes. Some nearby places include Choppers, Tarboush Mediterranean, Hollywood Grill, Schwa Restaurant, and also the park/606 Trail!! This is an amazing deal! Hurry and book your showing before it’s too late!

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      • ID: 51822
      • Available: Now
      • Neighborhood: Bucktown Chicago, IL
      • Bedrooms: Cvt Studio
      • Condition: Gut Rehab
      • Bathrooms: 1.0
      • Floors: Hardwood
      • Pets: Dogs/Cats OK
      • Heat: GFA
      • A/C: Central air
      • Laundry: In unit
      • Parking: Street
      • Dishwasher
      • Blinds

 

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Apartment of the Week: Ukrainian Village

$2,590 for this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in Ukrainian Village is available now! This stunning unit has it all! To begin, there are beautiful hardwood floors throughout this modern 3 bedroom. The new kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The dining/living space is a must see! It’s spacious, has a balcony, full of natural sunlight, and also has a gas burning fire place. As if it couldn’t get any better, the unit also has central air, extra storage, in unit laundry, and parking is included in rent!! As for location, this condo is situated along Chicago Ave, with the bus route nearby. You don’t have to travel far to find a bar or restaurant. Some options close by include Bar Marta, Yoli’s Tacos, Kai Zan, Star Lounge Coffee Bar, Shokolad Pastry & Cafe…. the list goes on. If you can picture yourself in this popular neighborhood, call today before it’s too late!

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    • ID: 51837
    • Available: Now
    • Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village Chicago, IL
    • Bedrooms: 3 Bedroom
    • Condition: Modern
    • Bathrooms: 2.0
    • Floors: Hardwood
    • Pets: Dogs/Cats Neg
    • Heat: GFA
    • A/C: Central air
    • Laundry: In unit
    • Parking: Uncovered
    • Dishwasher

 

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Chicago Restaurant Week

by Michael Keating

Chicago Restaurant Week

 

Savor the masterful creations of some of the city’s finest chefs by dining during the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week. This year’s culinary celebration began January 27 and will continue for the next six days and nights, until February 9. Restaurants around the city are offering prix fixe menus: $22 for lunch and brunch and either $33 or $44 for dinner. With an astounding number of restaurants participating (over 350!), the process of sleuthing through the options can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of eight neighborhood favorites with particularly phenomenal menus.

 

1. Bar Pastoral

Just down the street from our Lakeview leasing office, this favorite neighborhood bistro features artisanal bread and cheeses and offers a wide range of wines to pair with your plates. For brunch, we’re excited about Gruyère scones with jam and butter and their bloody mary. Dinner also promises to deliver deliciousness with their Sage Gnocchi with leek, fennel, lemon cream sauce, and Rosa Maria (goat)–think Manchego cheese or a Spanish Pecorino, floral and earthy with tangy notes. Be sure to visit their shop next door and pick up a jar of Pear Tree Preserves–made in Chicago, these are produced with fresh, local, and organically grown produce–it’s just another one of their exceptional products.

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 2. Ixcateco Grill

Southern Mexican cuisine is featured at this restaurant in Albany Park. The chef and owner, Anselmo Ramirez, previously worked under the instruction of Rick Bayless. At Ixcateco, Ramirez uses “fresh, locally sourced organic or sustainably raised ingredients when possible,” and we’re looking forward to his Restaurant Week menu. The Puerco en Mole Rojo entree, wood grilled pork loin, red mole, white rice microgreens, is certain to delight as many reviews tout best mole in the city. For dessert, tres leches, need we say more?

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3. Piccolo Sogno

With easily one of the best patios in the city, the romantic and classy interior of Piccolo Sogno might often get overlooked, so pay them a visit in West Town this Restaurant Week. Participating for both lunch and dinner($33) and with gluten-free and gluten-free upon request options for both meals, this is a sure bet to pleasing all. Wine lovers will also appreciate the extensive selection of fine wines. Besides the Panna Cotta, which has candied lemons and raspberries, we are excited about the Pappardelle con Cinghiale, made with spiced wild boar ragu. The owners’ humility can be inferred by a name that means “little dream,” but reviews online assure us to have big expectations.

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4. Demera Ethiopian Restaurant

This popular destination in Uptown is participating in lunch and dinner, and the prices are exactly half of the other restaurants. The plates are shared, however, a $22 lunch for two or $33 dinner for two is quite a value–tack on a bottle of house wine or honey wine with dinner for only $11. We’re excited about their Ye-Beg Wot, which is flavorful, cured lamb stewed in either their spicy or mild sauce. Demera is across the street from the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, where you’ll find live jazz, swing, and spoken poetry depending on the night.

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5. Volo Restaurant Wine Bar

Right in the center of Roscoe Village, this romantic restaurant beckons all. Each of the four courses offered for $44 dinner this Restaurant Week has us salivating! Key items include: Pork belly on-a-stick served with maple mustard; Steak Tartare with quail’s egg; Duck Confit in a red wine reduction; and an incredible sounding slice of cheesecake. If you are not able to go this week, make sure to mental tag it for when the warmer months return–the patio is everything a restaurant patio should be.

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6. Yusho

Inspired by Yakitori street food, this Japanese restaurant mimics the fresh fish markets in Tokyo with the big, bold flavors that Chicagoans love. The executive chef, Matthias Merges, former executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s, has taken the burden of decision-making out of your hands. The $44 dinner prix fixe menu has only one option for each course–and we love all of them. From Sashimi Big Eye Tuna to Crispy Pork Belly Udon, the difficulty of deciding what to choose has been completely eliminated, and all that’s left is a wonderful, bright meal to remember.

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7. Big Jones

Devil Crabs, Fried Mullet, Sea Island Benne Cake–just because we may not be familiar with these items, doesn’t mean we aren’t excited about them. Since April 2008, Big Jones in Andersonville has been serving Southern heirloom cooking, sourced sustainably from farms, a list of which is available on their website.

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8. Presidio

This contemporary American restaurant in Bucktown has the ideal Restaurant Week brunch menu–start with a Breakfast Burrata, enjoy one of their main courses, a side, and your choice of coffee, juice, or mimosa. You’ll be fortified for the day and, like us, be looking forward to the return of the fortnight of restaurant prix fixe menus next year.

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Click here for other participating restaurants. Enjoy!

Apartment of the Week: Andersonville

$1,535 for this 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom flat in Andersonville is available now!! This vintage unit has 5.5 rooms and 1,150 square feet. There are beautiful hardwood floors throughout, walk-in closet, separate dining room, extra storage, intercom and laundry in the building. There’s also a spacious open front balcony, perfect for when the weather gets warm. As an added bonus, heat is included in rent! If you take public transportation to work, this one is just 1/2 block to the Argyle Red Line Station!! It’s also a short distance to popular Andersonville shops and restaurants!! Some nearby places include Sun Wah BBQ, Tank Noodle, The Bongo Room, Hopleaf, and so much more! If this is everything you’re looking for, call us today and schedule a showing!!

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  • ID: 24960
  • Available: Now
  • Neighborhood: Andersonville
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: Rehab
  • Bathrooms: 1.0
  • Floors: Hardwood
  • Pets: Cats OK
  • Heat: Steam (included)
  • A/C: Ceiling fans
  • Laundry: In building
  • Parking: Street
  • Blinds
  • Internet Ready
  • Porch

 

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7 Notable January Holidays

by Michael Keating

7 Notable January Holidays

 

From at least Thanksgiving on, the whirlwind of holiday festivities and company parties can produce a sense of ceaseless celebration as well as the welcomed stress associated with celebrations. With the exception of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, it seems the days can be as monotonous as they are unseasonably warm or terrifyingly cold this time of year. We’ve put together a list of a few notable holidays to mark these next few weeks.

 

1. National Glazed Doughnut Day/Donut Fest Chicago 2017

While National Glazed Doughnut Day is celebrated on the 12th, consider that a warm-up for the event on January 29. Donut Fest features some of the best doughnut offerings “from some of the city’s best bakers and finest coffee purveyors,” including Glazed and Infused, Doughnut Vault, and Big Shoulders Coffee. Hosted at 1st Ward at Chop Shop in Wicker Park, the event still has tickets available at 8am ($50 VIP) and 12pm ($35), proceeds support local charities and also consolidate all our favorite sweets at one venue.

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2. Organize Your Home Day 1/14

Sure, you can wait until Spring to deep clean, but soften the inevitable blow by starting to get things in order now. This link is useful for the well-being of your closet, which translates into an overall well-being. Use today to put away the decorations you’ve had out since last month and integrate any new acquisitions into your home. According to early forecasts, it’ll be cloudy and either just above, but mostly below, freezing that day–consider . Have the Netflix documentary Minimalism playing in the background, and you might have an easier time letting go of clutter. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) 15 to 20% of the average American household’s budget is spent on buying duplicates of misplaced or lost items and getting rid of clutter reduces housework by 40%. Imagine all the possibilities with time and money saved!

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3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/16

Honor the voice and spirit of non-violence and civil rights. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase” and “The time is always right to do what is right” are only a very minor fraction of the incredible lessons from this beloved activist.

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4. Soup Swap Day 1/21

Gather a circle of friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors and organize a soup swap. Everyone brings at least 1 quart of homemade soup for every attendee and everyone leaves with as many quarts as there is company. Prepare a large batch in a crockpot or on the stove and clear some space in your freezer to make room for all the varied and special soups you’ll bring home. Share your favorite recipe for chowder, borscht, gumbo, or stew. Looking for inspiration? Soup & Bread at the Hideout takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm to 8pm through March 29. While it isn’t a true “soup swap,” the selection of soup is tasty and the company is grand.

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5. Compliment Day 1/24

Everyone wins when you share kind thoughts. Make this day about spreading joy to others by offering sincere compliments to those around you. Remind your partner that he or she has a great laugh. If you have coworkers that inspires you, tell them so. Thank your parents; sometimes a simple Thank you is a profound compliment. Be charitable on this day, and you might be inclined to practice this every day.

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6. Chocolate Cake Day 1/27

Because, why wouldn’t you want to celebrate it? Cafe Selmarie in Lincoln Square has a plethora of sweets worth enjoying. Other notable bakeries around town can be found here.

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7. Chinese New Year Kickoff 1/30

It will be the year of the Rooster. Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Troupe has traveled from Beijing for the 33rd celebration in Chicago. The Chicago Cultural Center hosts festivities highlighting Chinese music, dance, and martial arts. One astrologer postulates: “I don’t know about you, but this Chinese astrologer is exhausted from the shenanigans of this past Monkey year! Following 12 months of the wit and hyperactive Monkey, the New Year of the Fire Rooster is going to bring fresh challenges requiring quick wit and practical solutions!”

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I am alert,  ready to take action

The first on the scene, the last to leave

I take chances…. But I am precise

I know where things belong

I am orderly and fastidious

Nothing escapes me, I am always prepared

I never give up or in…….

I AM THE ROOSTER

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We hope that your January is full and bright with celebration and relaxation!

Apartment of the Week: Albany Park – $1,800 Budget

What You Can Get With an $1,800 Budget….

 

$1,800 for this 3 bedroom, 1 bedroom flat in Albany Park is available now! This beautiful rehab is a MUST SEE! There are hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen is stunning with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, which include a dishwasher and microwave. This unit also has central air, in unit laundry, extra storage, back yard and garage parking for an additional fee. What a deal! This building is located near the Kimball Brown Line Station, as well as a variety of restaurants and shops along W Lawrence Ave.

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Albany Park is a Northwest neighborhood towards the end of the brown line. The neighborhood is said to be one of the most ethnically diverse in the country. People enjoy sampling from various cultures will love Albany Park. There are amazing deals on 3 bedroom units in this neighborhood! Here are a few others worth taking a look at:

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ID# 42252

ID# 10970

If you’re familiar with Chicago you know that price can really depend on location. Here’s what you can get closer to the downtown area with this $1,800 budget: $1,750 for this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom highrise in Streeterville is available now! This unit has an open kitchen with stainless steel appliances, disposal and upgraded bath. A downtown condo like this includes luxury amenities such as a doorman, pool and fitness center. This building is in the heart of downtown! You’ll find restaurants and shops at every corner, as well as the Grand Red Line Station nearby!

Albany Park ApartmentID# 22079 – Click here for more photos and information

At $1,800 you can also get this fantastic 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom flat just north of Wrigleyville! This unit has a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. There’s also laundry in the building, new bathroom, as well as a porch and patio area! It’s also less than a mile from Wrigley Field!

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If you’re interested in any of these units, just give us a call and mention the ID number. Let us help you find the neighborhood that best suits your needs!

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Gift Wrapping Tips

by Michael Keating

Gift Wrapping Tips

 

As with books and their covers, judgement on the packaging of presents, while not indicative of its contents, might weigh heavily on the receiver’s perspective. Ribbons and bows go a long way, but even the thoughtfulness of covering every surface efficiently can prove difficult for some and agonizing for others. This holiday season, we’d like to share some ideas for the upcoming and future exchanges that will ease your gift wrapping woes.

1. Traditional bows are great and probably on sale for a discount right now, but consider incorporating nature as an accent. Flowers and poinsettia leaves provide a burst of color, while the rustic feel of pine cones and acorns also subtly suggest the promise of tremendous growth. If you’re particularly crafty: this DIY-er created napkin rings from acorns, which could pair just as nicely with a small box. They’re probably handsome enough to not even need the suggested coat of paint, though be cautious not to pierce the cap too suddenly, as they are quite fragile. Even adding a branch of greenery from an evergreen can spruce up a box, check out these design ideas we’re pining for.

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2. Brown Kraft Paper is a staple. Consider picking up a role just to have a solid  background against which all of the colors inspired by the season shine brightly. Additionally, this paper tends to be biodegradable and easily recyclable. Transforms what can be visual chaos into a blank canvas. It’s thick and sturdy enough to be drawn on, decorated, and “flaired” without being too stiff to fold and crease.

3. Looking for a new way to present snacks on the platter? These are just perfect. Use the colors of nature to reflect the colors of the season. This specific one uses broccoli crowns as leaves and cauliflower as snow. Dazzle guests with the perfectly wrapped presents under the tree and perfectly placed hor d’oeuvres on the table.

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4. Sometimes gifts are so imperfectly shaped that they defy boxes: create the perfect custom shaped packaging by making a container out of gift wrap. Gone are the days of obvious exchanges and loose bag tops for people to sneak peeks. This video is especially helpful for step-by-step instructions.

5. Whether you’re short a box top or just have a smaller item than you thought you would, use that rectangular box bottom to create a whole new vessel. This wrapper shows us how to easily overcome this challenge.

6. Know your recipient’s cocktail of choice? Mason jars make for handsome presentations of a small bottle of Jack Daniels and a can of Coke. The liquor can be tied to the outside of the jar near the lid and the mixer sits comfortably inside.

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7. As much as crafting a special sleeve for gift cards can be fun, nothing really beats a handwritten card, with a warm message to accompany it.

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We hope you enjoy your holiday and happy wrapping!

 

Apartment of the Week: River West

$2,600 for this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom midrise in River West is available now! Sleek & sophisticated living redefined in one of River West’s premier locations! Be the first to live in this stunning new construction luxury apartment! Features include a spacious glass wall living room w/fantastic city views, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens w/Italian cabinets, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, master baths w/glass enclosed shower, private balcony and much more! Garage parking available for an additional fee. In addition, you’ll also find in unit laundry, central air, walk-in closet, intercom. This building is close to so much! Nearby is the Kennedy Expressway, the Halsted Bus, and the Grand Blue Line Station. There’s so much to explore around the River West neighborhood! Being close to the Blue Line, you have easy access to the popular neighborhoods such as Wicker Park & Logan Square. There’s a variety of places to checkout, that don’t require you to hop on a train. Some nearby places include Piccolo Sogno, Iguana Cafe, The Dawson, Emmit’s Irish Pub, The Roost Carolina Kitchen, La Scarola……. just to name a few. Call us today to book your showing!

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  • ID: 51773
  • Available: Now
  • Neighborhood: River West Chicago, IL
  • Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
  • Condition: New Construct
  • Bathrooms: 2.0
  • Floors: Hardwood
  • Pets: Dogs OK
  • Heat: GFA
  • A/C: Central air
  • Laundry: In unit
  • Parking: Garage
  • Dishwasher
  • Blinds
  • Internet Ready

Contact Apartment People at 773.248.8800 for more information. Our office is located at 3121 North Broadway and we are available Monday-Sunday. You can view more listings at apartmentpeople.com. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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12 Ways to Keep the Bills Low and the Spirits High

by Michael Keating

12 Ways to Keep the Bills Low and the Spirits High

 

This time of year, when spending seems unavoidable as well as enjoyable, with the holidays and the trips, gifts for others and gifts picked up for yourself, we’d like to highlight a few ways you might be able to save on expenses at home. As the temperature drops, spikes in electric and gas bills appear, here’s our list of ideas on cutting apartment costs.

1. Distribute the expense People’s Gas, a major supplier of natural gas in the Chicagoland area, has residents’ best interests in mind. Instead of dramatic shifts in both outdoor temperatures and the cost of gas bills, users may opt for Budget Billing, which protects consumers by averaging out usage, calculated by last year’s figures and this year’s weather and price forecasts. Essentially, the total cost of the year is divided evenly and instead of gas bills going from negligible to monstrous just as the weather turns, they stay steady and reasonable throughout.

2. Seal those windows Perhaps one of the oldest tried and true methods at keeping the heat in and the cold out is to insulate windows, most especially if they are single pane. Rubber adhesive may be applied to the windows’ frame to stop any drafts. Insulation film can be purchased at any hardware store or online. Helpful instructions on installation can be found here, complete with photos and useful considerations. Renters also attest to the effectiveness of bubble wrap on windows–some say that the wrap up year round will keep warmth in for winter and heat out in summer. Unsure of how much of a draft is coming in? Instead of holding your hand by the windows, try setting a candle down–you’ll be able to see any breeze, if you can’t feel it. At the very least, lock your windows; it’ll close them more tightly and significantly reduce any draft.

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3. Invest in another smart device If you’ve got central air and heat in your nest, consider the Nest Learning Thermostat. Currently on its third-generation, reviews place this as the best overall smart thermostat on the market, though older versions are received just as well and are less expensive. From their website: “With the Nest app, your thermostat lives on your wall and in your pocket. Once you connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi, you can control it from anywhere. Adjust the temperature from the app, and the Nest Thermostat adjusts quickly back at home.” With increased control, you’ll be able to heat your apartment when you’re on your way home and you’ll never have to worry about having left it accidentally on again! Additionally, Open all your vents, circulating the air and also keep the filters new and clean. While it may seem tempting to close the vents to the unused rooms, this actually can kick the heating system into working harder.

4. Focus the heat where you need it If your apartment does not have central air, consider centralizing the heat around you. Personal space heaters as well as an electric blanket or a heated mattress pad will keep you feeling tropical even if you’re surrounded by the tundra. Wool socks go a long way, no wonder they’re such a popular wintertime gift!

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5. In consideration of radiator heat Place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls. In the winter, this will help heat the room instead of the wall. You may also “bleed” your heater, doing so will eliminate the pockets of air that prevent the heat from distributing evenly. This guy shows us how easily this can be done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzgwlLpmXNQ

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6. Get the direction of your fan right Lifehacker’s stellar advice: “When it’s hot, the fan should spin counter-clockwise to push the hot air up and out. When the weather turns cold, instead spin the fans clockwise to trap heat inside. You’ll often find a switch on your ceiling fan to choose a direction, so consult your fan’s manual to find out where it is.” Also, if you’ve got electric heat, try setting a fan in front of it. This will easily spread the warmth around.

7. Beware of “Energy Vampires” Other matters to be aware of: The device used to stream movies might be costing you more than going out to the theater. According to the New York Times, “[I]f you use your gaming console to stream movies, well, don’t. They can use 45 times more power than streaming consoles, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, mostly because they aren’t good at using only as much power as the task at hand requires.” Power strips are now made to be smart as well. Devices such as your television use power even when they are shut off–they’re “on” unless they are unplugged. A smart power strip will completely shut off any idol devices.

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8. Check ComEd for rebates A rebate for up to $100 for a Nest Thermostat is available through ComEd. The omnipotent energy supplier has several rebates available for energy efficient appliances as well as energy saving home products, such as an air purifier and a smart power surge with instant savings at select retailers. Thinking about long-term savings? Consider swapping your lightbulbs to LED if you haven’t already. ComEd’s data on the matter is eye-opening. And Energy Star agrees that by changing your five most frequently used light sources to CFLs even, could save you up to $65 a year! It’s their top tip of ten for renters.

9. It’ll all come out in the wash Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. Who doesn’t love the smell of clean clothes? Brighten your flat by air drying your freshly washed garments. Check out this $5 clothesline constructed with apartments in mind. If you must use a dryer, shake out each item first, doing so opens up the surface area and allows your apparel to dry more quickly.
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10. Fill your fridge You may not use all of the space within your refrigerator or freezer, which means every time you open it, the air outside enters and warms the empty spaces quickly. You can keep the icebox from unnecessary work by occupying that empty space. Some attest to using containers filled with water or even newspaper! The added advantage is that items are moved up front and you’ll be on top of your cooler’s inventory.

11. Small electronics make a difference From Apartmentguide.com’s blog: “New appliances are much more energy efficient and responsible than older appliances. You may not be able to upgrade major appliances in an apartment, but that doesn’t you don’t have any control. Some minor appliances whose newer models tend to be much more eco-conscious include computers, televisions, hair dryers, hair straighteners, toasters and blenders.” Sound advice.

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12. Gather People are good sources of warmth, invite your cousin over for tea or have a neighbor over for conversation. Each person generates around as much heat as a 100 watt light bulb…

Hope these pointers are able to save you dollars and contribute to your cheer!

Apartment of the Week: Roscoe Village

$6,000 for this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house in Roscoe Village is available now!! This one of a kind home has over 4,000 square feet!! There’s hardwood floors throughout the common areas and carpeting in the bedrooms. Dramatic 14′ ceilings highlight the grand living and dining room. Fully appointed Chefs kitchen opens to the family room + spacious rear deck. The stunning kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher and microwave. There’s a large master suite with cathedral ceilings, custom closets & marble bath. Home also features in unit laundry, 2 fireplaces, deck, extra storage, central air and a 2 car garage that’s included in rent!! This must see home is positioned in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, with the Damen, Ashland, and Diversey bus routes nearby. This area has so much to offer! Close by you’ll find Jewel-Osco, Beef & Barley, The Art of Pizza, Red Hot Ranch, Cody’s Public House and so much more! Hurry and book a showing today for this dream home! Mention ID# 51716

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