August 2016

Found 4 blog entries for August 2016.

When someone says “Texas,” what do you imagine? Is it country singer George Strait perched atop an oil derrick in a football field, biting into a brisket sandwich while firing a gun in the air? Well, it’s that and more. Texas is an incredible place, a diverse and dynamic state that draws hundreds of thousands new residents each year. But is it right for you? Here are 53 reasons why you should live in the Lone Star State…



In Alaska, there are 365,000 miles of rivers and streams, and you’ll get hypothermia if all of them. In Texas, there are fewer rivers, but you can float down many of them in a rubber inner tube with a cooler of cold beverages at the ready. That’s living.


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 Here are some of UP Realty's favorite things to do in September. 

Tri-Rock Austin Triathlon 
Palmer Events Center 
The urban setting provides a swim start at the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, a swim course in Lady Bird Lake, a bike course over the Congress Street Bridge and a run along Auditorium Shores. This event has a triathlon scene that rocks like no other!

Free Day of Yoga 
Various Locations 
All day long, participating studios across the Austin area offer free classes as an opportunity for every age and fitness level.

Austin Music Video Festival
Various Locations
Now in its second year, the Austin Music Video Fest celebrates Austin's lonstanding museic video heritage with

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With the triple digit heat we have in the summer time here in the great state of Texas, here are some great ways to save money on your energy bills...

10 simple ways to save energy and money this summer:

  1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.
    Thermostat at 78 degrees

  2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.
  3. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It's best to
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We are just about midway through August, meaning the school year is approaching. For many students, this spells the end to sleeping in, vegetating in front of the TV, and staying out late with friends.

As you and your parents' anxiety builds in anticipation, you are all probably doing internet searches related to it. Well, Bing has been data-mining its search queries to find the top 5 most searched for Back-to-School topics, which you can read below. Number 5 is particularly shocking, don't you agree?

Here are the top 5 and an explanation from Microsoft's Bing on each.

  • Meal-planning tops the list this back-to-school season. This includes developing new ideas for providing healthy lunches. Use Bing’s image search to find healthy, fun and
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