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Wednesday, August 4, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly And How Austin Policies Can Help

Contributed by James Witts
Edited by Jenny Carroll
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 It’s easy being green in Austin. The city is set among the lush trees, the limestone, and lakes of the Texas Hill Country. The city government also offers incentives for people to be eco-friendly — from the paint on your walls, the temperature of your home, to the trash you throw out. Here are some tips to make your home more environmentally friendly, thanks to popular programs that are already in place.
1. Composting
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The city is happy to pay you to stop throwing out scraps of food and coffee grounds. No, you’re not stuck with rotting garbage. Austin's Home Composting Rebate Program will reimburse you $75 on the cost of a composting system. To take advantage of this program, you will have to take a class and buy from an approved local retailer. The benefit? You create a fabulous fertilizer for your garden — and cut down on the amount of trash in the landfill. It's a win-win!
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Thursday, June 10, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

It's Time For Your Home's Annual Check-Up

As summer begins to settle in and temperatures rise, it’s the perfect time to schedule your annual check up for your home. A check up for my home, you ask? Yes! The health of your home needs to be assessed annually to nip any potential issues in the bud as well as identifying problems before they become failures. Here are some things you can do to maintain your home and keep your systems running smoothly all year long.

What kinds of things should we be looking for?

Air Conditioner

Good question. Your A/C system, your home’s main support system in our hot summer climate, should be checked by a professional at least once a year. As it gets hotter outside our usage goes up and that’s when issues can take us unawares. Don’t find yourself sitting in a hot house this summer because you didn’t clean off your condenser unit, pour vinegar in your drainline, or you didn’t check coolant levels. Having a professional A/C company service your syste. ...

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  family, home, new, summer, home improvement, water, electricity, spring

Monday, April 12, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Development Spotlight: The Grotto of Dripping Springs

What could be better than combining the beauty of the Hill Country of Dripping Springs with brand new, affordable, modern farmhouse townhomes? It sounds unattainable, right? Ruben Contreras, Co-Owner of Hidden Oaks at Dripping, LLC. together with Stanberry Realtors® is excited to bring to you a development in the heart of Dripping Springs that offers just that. 
Now that they've broken ground and the infrastructure is underway, you can come see for yourself what The Grotto has to offer. Contact your favorite Stanberry agent today for more information. Each townhome starting at $375,000.

The Grotto, a sustainably built development currently under construction off 290, just west of Highway 12, is nestled on ±25 acres and sits minutes from DSISD’s highly rated schools and Dripping Springs city retail and service centers. The community will eventually consist of 100 modern farmhouse styled condo townhomes to be built in several phases over this coming year. ...

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Monday, April 12, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Barton Hills Farms 2021 Spring Festival

Contributed by Jami Carroll
With warm weather and bright blooms all around, Central Texans enjoy spending time with family and friends outdoors. The annual Spring Festival at Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop invites families to celebrate the season on its picturesque family-owned farm.
    
Owned by Andrew Taft & Craig Swanson, Verde Park includes 15 acres of Native Texas pecan, Eastern cottonwood, & Bald cypress gently leading to the banks of the Colorado River. Part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, the land was originally settled in 1833 by Josiah Pugh Wilbarger. Barton Hill Farms includes replicas of the old Wilbarger Fort and The Lively--Stephen F. Austin’s “pirate ship” that was lost at sea en route to his Bastrop Colony. The educational aspect of the farm also includes five historic signs around the courtyard that reveal the history of the land and its structures; “each sign has a QR code & webpage where visitors can find more. ...

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Thursday, March 11, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

COVID Vaccines: How I Got An Appointment

An Austinite's Experience Getting An Appointment For The COVID-19 Vaccine
Monday morning I found myself with an open web browser and what felt like a thousand tabs along the top of my screen. Walgreens, HEB, CVS, Austin Public Health (APH), Walmart, Sam’s Club, and others. Every hour on the hour I refreshed each screen to see if notification of COVID-19 vaccination doses had appeared on any site. As you may have guessed, none did. 
Sure, I could have driven six hours to Odessa, TX for the off chance of receiving it from one of the cities listed on HEB’s site with doses but there are simply too many issues with that endeavor. No, we’re sticking close to home for this. We’d registered weeks ago on the Austin Public Health site but hadn’t heard anything from them on when to expect the eagerly awaited email saying it was time to schedule our appointments. If you’ve spent any time looking online for available vaccines then this all sounds familiar ...

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  family, covid, social distance, freedom, virtual party, mask