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Great Tips to Improving your Fuel Economy

These days it's always good to try and save money wherever you can, especially at the gas pump. Get Rich Slowly has published a list of 23 tips to saving money on fuel, but that's a lot to read, so we've reviewed the list and picked out our 10 favorites: 1. Keep your vehicle well maintained:  this tip should be obvious, but it's also very important. Changing air filters and replacing spark plugs in poor condition can reduce gas mileage 10-20% according to Advance Auto Parts. 2. Keep tires properly inflated:  if you're noticing a recent drop in your MPG it's very likely ...

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Tips to Protecting Your Home PC or Laptop

These days it seems like almost everyone has a desktop PC or laptop in their home, which makes these devices more appealing targets for criminals trying to steal your personal information. It's very important that you protect your computer from different methods criminals may use gain access to your information. CNN Money has released 5 easy and useful tips that will protect you from being a victim of cyber criminals: 1. Patch and Update:  It's very important to update your programs on a regular basis. Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in programs, so it's important for your programs to be as updated. If you're a Windows user, you can download updates from www.Microsoft.com/security. You ca...

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How Happy People Are Different From Everyone Else

They are resilient.  Happy people bounce back, often quickly, from setbacks. Rather than see life's adversities as destructive and rigid roadblocks that they must quash in order to be happy, they see adverse situations as manageable and temporary fixtures in a pretty good life.They are optimistic.  You know this to be true--most people want to talk about their problems and what's not going right.&nbs...

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Tips for Green Cleaning

Cleaning products are used everywhere in our apartment and offices: on dishes, countertops, furniture, clothes, floors, windows, and floating through the air. As an alternative, there are plenty of natural products and methods that keep an apartment or office clean and fresh-smelling without the toxic side effects.Cleaning Bare Floors - Your basic vinegar and water solution is really the perfect choice for cleaning most types of bare floors in your home. Mix up 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon warm water (be sure it's warm!) and mop it onto a ceramic tile, linoleum, vinyl, or wood floor. There is no need to rinse afterward -- saving both time and water. If your vinyl or linoleum floor looks a little dull after cleaning, you can give it a shine by moppin...

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Tips to Get Fit for Spring

Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to start working off those extra winter pounds!  Here are a few useful exercise tips to help you get the most of your daily activities. 1.  Choose activities you like. A lot of different things count as exercise: dancing, walking, gardening, yoga, cycling, playing basketball. To make it easier to get moving, choose whatever gets you moving 2.  Piece your workout together. You don’t need to get all your exercise at one time. Ten minutes morning, noon, and night can give much of the same benefit as 30 minutes all at once. 3.  Exercise with a friend. Finding a ...

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Refresh Your Apartment for Spring

  Now that Spring is here, it’s the perfect time to refresh and liven up your apartment. Springtime can encourage a cleaner, brighter, fresher perspective on your space, and it's a great time of year to evaluate how you live and consider ways to update and freshen your home. Here are a f...

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7 Steps to Incredible Personal Productivity

Occasionally you need to go the extra mile. Sometimes you need to complete a major project, tackle a task you’ve put off, or just knock out a ton of work in one day. Here’s the best way to turn a normal workday into an incredibly productive workday: ...

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Making Your Apartment More Energy Efficient

Here are some helpful ways to make your apartment for energy efficient in order to lower costs. Change your Light Bulbs.  While Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) cost almost twice as much as incandescent lightbulbs, they also use 75 percent less energy and last ten times longer. Unplug your appliances when they are not being used because they still draw electricity from your outlets. The most convenient way to accomplish this is by plugging as much as possible into one or two power strips and unplugging the power strip before heading to work or going to bed. Institute a...

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First Communities Launches New Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website.  The new website offers visitors comprehensive information about First Communities, whether it be our history, our values, our services or our giving back to the community.  In addition, we will routinely post useful information on this blog about the company, industry events and news, and apartment living best practices.  Also, job seekers will see updated job postings for opportunities at our properties.  We invite you to check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn...Welcome to First Communities!

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