LED Lighting Benefits

The Benefits of LED Light Bulbs & Fixtures

We recognize the importance of having energy efficient light bulbs and lighting fixtures.  On January 1, 2018 we began our policy of replacing any burned out incandescent light bulbs with new LED light bulbs for our apartment units.   the use of LED light bulbs for all burned out light bulbs.

LED Replacement Bulbs

With performance improvements and dropping prices, LED lamps can replace 40, 60, and even 75 Watt incandescent bulbs. It’s important to read the Lighting Facts Label to make sure the product is the right brightness and color for the intended location. When chosen carefully, LED replacement products can be an excellent option.

Lumens Not Watts Is Key To LED Brightness Levels

Lumens measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. More lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer lumens means it’s a dimmer light.

Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts.

The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here’s a rule of thumb:

  • To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens.
  • Replace a 75W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens
  • Replace a 60W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 800 lumens
  • Replace a 40W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 450 lumens

Recommended LED Bulbs

Philips LED Dimmable B12 Soft White Light Bulb with Warm Glow Effect 500-Lumen, 2700-2200-Kelvin, 7-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Clear



Philips LED Non-Dimmable A19 Frosted Light Bulb: 800-Lumen, 2700-Kelvin, 8.5-Watt (60-Watt Equivalent), E26 Base, Soft White


These bulbs can be purchased through Amazon, Wal-mart, Home Depot, to name a few.

CFL Replacement Bulbs – Not Recommended

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs are not as energy efficient as the newer LED lighting bulb options and have many drawbacks.  The CFL bulbs will take a second or two to warm to light up even in warm conditions and may take 15 to 30 seconds to reach maximum brightness.  CFL bulbs cannot be used with dimmer switches and are not compatible with all light fixtures. The bulbs give off a different light throw patten than traditional fluorescent light bulbs. Light from CFL bulbs is not as strong and direct as a traditional fluorescent light whereas an LED bulb is very strong and direct.  Lastly, CFL bulbs still contain mercury and cannot be disposed of in landfills since mercury is toxic. You must dispose of discharged CFL bulbs in a recycling center that accepts the bulbs or send the bulbs back to the their manufacturer.  This is why we have started counting the number of CFL bulbs in our apartments with a goal to reach zero in all units by January 1, 2020.

Energy Savings

In conclusion, it is easy to see the many benefits of LED light bulbs.  By replacing two of your 60W bedroom incandescent bulbs to two 800 Lumen 60 Watt equivalent LED Bulbs (Actual watts consumed 8W) you are saving 104 watts!  Over time and with converting all of your bulbs over this will greatly increase the amount of money you save on your utility bill.

Renters Insurance

The Benefits of Required Renters Insurance 

Renters Insurance ImageOFTEN TIMES RENTERS BELIEVE THAT THE LANDLORD’S INSURANCE WILL COVER THEM WHEN DISASTER STRIKES.  But a landlord’s insurance doesn’t extend to a renter’s personal belongings. If disaster struck your home — such as a fire or storm — the landlord’s insurance would pay for building repairs, but if you want coverage for your possessions, you’ll NEED renters insurance and it is required to live in Lincoln Apartments LLC.

My landlord will cover property damages, right?

Generally a landlord’s policy only covers the structure, not the content or any of the tenant’s belongings. Even if the landlord owns the appliances or other items within your rented home, they’re not responsible for damages they may cause to your property. Examples:

Let’s say you just loaded up the freezer (owned by your landlord) with a few hundred bucks worth of frozen food for a big party you plan to throw. Then the freezer breaks down and all the food spoils. The landlord is off the hook… but if you had a renter’s insurance policy the party might still be on.

So you left the water running in the sink and it overflowed into the apartment below causing damage to that tenant’s property?  Who pays? Hint: it’s not the landlord. Your renter’s policy – if you have one – will cover the damage up to your liability limits.

Why renters insurance is a wise investment

The average annual renters insurance premium in the U.S. is only $188, or a little more than $15 a month, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Because renters insurance is usually cheap, it’s a smart investment. Think of the possible alternative, which would be paying out of pocket to replace everything that could be damaged: your jewelry, flat-screen TV, computer, furniture, clothing and so on. And a landlord’s insurance policy won’t pay for your living expenses while the building is under repair, either. Renters insurance does.

Here are the important things to know before buying a renters insurance policy.

What renters insurance covers

Standard renters insurance, known as an HO-4 policy, reimburses you for the loss or destruction of personal belongings from 16 specific events. They include:

  • Fire or lightning
  • Windstorm or hail
  • Explosion
  • Riot or civil commotion
  • Damage caused by aircraft
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Smoke
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Theft
  • Volcanic eruption
  • A falling object
  • The weight of ice, snow or sleet
  • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam from within a plumbing, heating, air conditioning, or automatic fire-protective sprinkler system, or from a household appliance
  • Sudden and accidental tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system, an air conditioning system or an automatic fire-protective system
  • Freezing of a plumbing, heating, air conditioning or automatic fire-protective system, or of a household appliance
  • Sudden and accidental damage from artificially generated electric current (does not include loss to a tube, transistor or similar electronic component)

What renters insurance doesn’t cover

Renters insurance won’t pay for damage from earthquakes or floods, meaning you’ll have to pay for repairs if you incur losses for one of these reasons. Flood insurance is available under a separate policy from the National Flood Insurance Program and possibly directly from your renters insurance company as well. Earthquake insurance also can be bought separately or as an endorsement or rider to your renters policy.

Other valuable protections

Many people think of renters insurance as covering personal possessions only. But standard renters insurance also includes other protections that can be valuable to you. They include:

Liability insurance: If someone is injured in your home due to your negligence and sues you, a lawsuit could wreck your finances for years. The liability portion of your renters insurance policy covers you in these events, protecting you against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage. It also covers damage you and your family accidentally do to others. An umbrella liability policy, which costs extra, will also cover you for libel and slander. An umbrella kicks in when you reach your liability coverage limit.

A renters insurance policy generally covers both the cost of legal representation in a lawsuit and any damages awarded to the other party. Liability limits typically start at $100,000 and top out at $500,000; some experts recommend a minimum of $300,000.

Liability protection also typically includes no-fault medical payments coverage. According to the Insurance Information Institute, this “allows someone who gets injured on your property to simply submit his or her medical bills directly to your insurance company so the bills can be paid without resorting to a lawsuit.”

Additional living expenses: If your home is destroyed in a disaster covered by your policy, renters insurance pays for your additional living expenses. These include hotel bills, restaurant meals and other costs as your home is repaired.

How reimbursement works

Insurance companies typically offer a choice of two types of reimbursement for renters insurance policies:

  • “Replacement cost” policies pay for the actual cost of replacing your possessions. For example, if your TV is a loss, the reimbursement amount would be for a new, similar TV.
  • “Actual cash value” policies pay to replace your belongings at their value at the time of the loss. That means you get an amount that’s based on depreciation. For example, if you had a TV that was 2 years old, you’d get an amount that would let you buy a 2-year-old TV. If you want a new TV, you’ll pay the difference yourself.

Coverage for replacement cost is more expensive — usually about 10% more than actual cash value coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. But if you think you’ll want brand-new items to replace the ones lost should a disaster occur, you should spend the extra money for replacement cost coverage.

Certain valuable items may need special insurance attention, though, with what’s called a rider. For example, a renters insurance policy typically caps the amount it pays for jewelry theft at $1,500. Items like watches, furs, silverware and firearms have low caps for theft coverage. So if you have a treasured diamond ring handed down from your grandmother, it’s best to ask your agent whether you’ll need a rider to cover its full value.

 

Discounts and other ways to save

Most insurance companies offer discounts if you have both your renters and auto insurance policy with them (called bundling), or if your apartment has a security system, smoke detectors or deadbolt locks.

If you’re looking for more ways to save money, consider raising your deductible. That’s the amount that will be deducted from your insurance claim check for a property loss. For example, if you have a $1,000 deductible and a claim for $5,000 in property damage, your insurance check will be for $4,000. The higher your deductible, the cheaper your rates. Keep in mind that you’ll pay the deductible each time you file a property-loss claim.

When deciding on a deductible amount, ask yourself: How much can you pay out of pocket in the event of a disaster?

There is no deductible on liability claims against you.

Know what you own

It’s important to take stock of what your belongings are worth because the answer will help you decide how much coverage you need. Your insurance agent can help you pinpoint the right amount of coverage, too.

Making an inventory before a problem occurs is essential to getting the claim money you’re entitled to. Note down each item you own along with its value and identifying information, like a serial number. Include everything you own on your list — even kitchen utensils, appliances, towels and bedding.

 

Approved Picture Hangers

Approved Picture frame hangers.

Approved Picture Hangers

We strongly recommend Floreat picture frame hangers to secure something to the walls as they will not damage them and the hole they put in the wall is very small yet can hold up to 10lbs.  This is the only type of hanger we approve of for use in sheet-rock walls and can be found on Amazon or DickBlick’s.

We do not recommend 3M Command strips or any similar adhesive-based products, as the adhesive they use will damage the walls by tearing off the sheetrock paper.

No screws, nails, holes, fasteners, bolts, etc. should be used on any of the woodwork, casings, doors, bi fold doors, cupboards, wood paneling, or ceilings.  Nothing should be fastened to the ceilings or building’s exterior.

Kidde Model # KN-COSM-IB Combination CO2/Smoke Detector

kidde_kn-cosm-ibIf you have the Kidde brand of smoke/CO2 detector in your apartment, it will look like the image on the left.  The battery compartment will be in the back of the unit and it requires a 9V Battery. If the detector is making a single beep or “chirp” every 30 seconds, then you need to disconnect the detector from the ac wiring by gently squeezing the white tab inward with two fingers and pulling it out.  You then will need to remove the old 9V Battery and put a new one in.  Please note: If you did not hear the voice that stated “Low Battery”, or if you put a new battery in and the detector still beeps, then you need to reset the detector.  You can reset the detector by following these simple steps:

  • Remove the detector from its mounting bracket and the ac wiring by gently squeezing the white tab inward with two fingers and pulling it out from the detector.
  • Remove the 9V Battery.  Discard the battery if it is old.
  • With the battery removed, press and hold the test button for 15-20 seconds.
  • Place a brand new, never used (important) 9V battery in the detector and plug in the 3 prong white tab connector from the wall to the detector.
  • When the power is restored, the detector should chirp and run through a test cycle. After that is complete, the detector will be reset and you should not hear any more beeping or chirping.

A good rule of thumb and industry standard is to change the batteries in your smoke detector every 6 months.  The new battery should last for about 1 year and the manufacturer recommended battery brand is Duracell. For more information, the instruction manual can be downloaded by this link:  Kidde Manual

First Alert Model # SC9120B Combination C02/Smoke Detector

firstalert_sc9120b If your apartment has the First Alert brand of smoke/CO2 detector, the battery compartment can easily be accessed by the front of the detector.  These units will also require a 9V Battery.

The instruction manual can be downloaded by this link:  First Alert Manual

If you changed the batteries and you are still having difficulty with the detector, please send in a maintenance request so we can get it taken care of right away.  Thank you.

Apartment Door Locks

Interior Apartment Door Locks

Your apartment door locks are manufactured by Schlage and they have proven themselves to be a great door lock.  You will not be given a key for your enhanced security as keys can easily be duplicated.  Please click the play button in the above video to learn how to operate your Schlage door lock.

You can easily tell if your battery is getting low when the lock flashes red three times, then flashes green and a slight delay before the door unlocks (It is clearly shown in the video starting at 3:01).  When you see these signs, please contact the office right away and we will replace your battery.

If you see a flashing red Schlage button on your lock even if no codes have been entered, your battery is critically low and will not operate the door lock.

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If you want a specific flavor, just use the contact us form and in the comments sections tell us which soda you would like to see added.  Thank you.

Lincoln Apartments uses 3 Maytag High Efficiency (HE) washing machines and 2 Maytag dryers.  The HE washing machines helps save our renters money by using less laundry detergent.

A laundry cupboard for each unit is provided which you can store your laundry soap, fabric softeners, etc.

Tips & FAQ on Laundry Issues

  • Be sure to keep the washing machine door slightly ajar after each use so that the machine
  • After you wash a load of clothes, make sure that you keep the door open to allow the moisture to properly evaporate from the washing drum. You need to let the moisture evaporate from the drum so that any odors do not start to occur with the machine.
  • Prior to operating the dryer, be sure to clean the lint screen.
  • Please remove clothing promptly from the washer and dryers so that others may use the machines.
  • Use the Right Detergent:

It is important that you use a laundry detergent that has the ‘HE’ symbol on the front label.  The laundry detergent should have a symbol on it that looks like the one on the left.  This concentrated detergent is specifically made for these machines. They create less of a lather, which makes it easier for your machine to wash it out when it’s supposed to. This is one of the most common problems you will encounter when using a High-Efficiency washer.

Q.  Why should I use only HE detergents in Lincoln’s HE washer?

A.  HE washers are designed to save water and energy resources. To achieve these savings, HE washers are designed differently than traditional washers — for example, they use less water than traditional washers.

At lower water levels, cleaning problems can occur if detergents create too many suds or if soils from the laundry can’t be completely rinsed out of both the laundry and the washer. Thus, detergents for HE washers need to be lower sudsing than regular detergents to provide good cleaning and thorough rinsing.

Detergent and washing machine manufacturers formulate and design their HE detergents and washers to work together as one effective cleaning system that gives you optimum cleaning performance while saving water and energy resources.

Q. What can happen if I don’t use an HE detergent in my HE washer?

A. Using a regular detergent in an HE washer can create too many suds. These suds can interfere with the washer’s washing/tumbling action by “cushioning” the laundry, thus reducing soil and stain removal performance and rinsing efficiency. These suds can also cause water and/or suds to overflow from the machine.

Excess suds can also cause the washer’s pump to overheat or to add more water — this in turn can lengthen the wash cycle, thus reducing water/energy savings.

These excess suds can also lead to residue buildup since they are not as easily rinsed away — and over time, they could lead to unpleasant odors, potential machine malfunctions or damage.

Q. If suds are the problem, can I just use a smaller amount of regular laundry detergent?

A. No. Using a lesser amount of regular detergent will not alleviate the sudsing problem — and in addition, could compromise cleaning performance.

That’s why HE detergents are recommended. They have a totally different formulation in order to clean your laundry effectively in low-water conditions.

 

First Steps

Please be careful when you are moving into your apartment to prevent either you or your mover(s) from damaging the exterior and/or interior doorways, hallways, and grounds of the building.

One of the first items should be setting up your electrical service with Austin Utilities.  This should be done before you move in.  You may always choose the date you want the meter to be placed in your name.  A link to Austin Utilities to set up your account is provided in your Lincoln online account.

Whenever you are moving in be sure as to not leave the exterior doors open unattended as birds, bugs, flies, or especially the cold in the winter months may enter into the building.  Also remember to park in your own parking space.

We realize that you have many questions relating to many different aspects of the building such as when the garbage dumpsters are emptied, building policies and procedures, as well as how to find copies of important documents such as your lease.  All of this and so much more can be found in your personal online account.  When you first move in you will be given a welcome email that will contain your username and temporary password.  That is your key to everything you ever might need or want to know about the building as well as online Maintenance Request access.  If you never received that email or if you just recently purchased a computer, you can sign up at any time for online access.  We know you have a choice in rental companies, and we thank you for renting from us.

movingProper Notice Requirements

Updated September 7, 2016

We are transitioning to a 60 day notice requirement.  As we update old leases, the requirement will change to a 60 day notice.

All residents must give a written notice of your intent to move.  You may either give us a signed written note or you may log in to your online account on this website.  If you choose to do an online Move Out Request, please click on the Moving Out details button and follow the instructions.

NOTICE:

AS STATED IN YOUR LEASE AGREEMENT, YOU MUST GIVE AT LEAST A 32 DAY OR 60 DAY NOTICE IN ORDER FOR YOUR NOTICE TO BE LEGALLY VALID. NO EXCEPTIONS.  THE NOTICE IS EFFECTIVE THE DAY IT IS RECEIVED BY US.

Please contact the office (437-4264) at least 5 business days prior to move-out, to schedule an appointment for the apartment inspection.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your housing needs and we wish you well.

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When you are ready to move in to a safe, secure, and quiet apartment community, then Welcome Home to Lincoln Apartments LLC!