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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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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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Wednesday, March 10, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Hummingbirds, Butterflies, & Bees, Oh My!

Contributed By: Jami Carroll
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to provide for our seasonal native pollinators!  Following the polar freeze that hit Central Texas last month, biologists and horticulturists have begun sounding the alarm over the storms’ negative impacts on our migratory species--including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. As we begin the hard work of cleaning, reclaiming, and replacing our landscapes and gardens, it’s important to provide for the smallest members of our natural environment: the pollinators. Native species, wildflowers, annuals, and herbs make welcome additions to any garden while providing healthy food  and habitats for our favorite pollinators. 
     
Many homeowners look forward to the annual arrival of hummingbirds from mid-March to April. Returning from their South American holidays, Ruby-throated, Black-chinned, & Rufous hummingbirds seek the tender, Spring blooms of flowering plants, bushes, . ...

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Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Jenny Carroll

Statewide Snowdown

Texans have shown their mettle once again in the face of Nature’s fury. As polar weather patterns shifted to dump historic amounts of snow on ill prepared Southerners, temperatures not only dropped but uncharacteristically remained stuck in below freezing conditions. A dusting of snow is nothing new to us. We can make ludicrously small snowmen with the best of ‘em. A prolonged icy scenario however, despite the beauty of it, is not something we are remotely prepared for.
As demand for heat spiked, the un-weatherized power plants across the state began to fail catastrophically, leaving millions of Texans in the frigidly cold darkness. Some of our Stanberry agents were left without power or a heat source for over 100 hours. Subfreezing temperature inside your home, especially for the elderly or those with compromised health, is a potentially deadly situation for any of us.
As we’ve done so many times before with hurricanes, floods, tornados and more, Texans came out in; ...

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