5 Ways to Help the Environment While Living in an Apartment

With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the metaphorical footprint you leave on Mother Earth and here in Weslaco, Texas. It’s no secret that we’re currently living in a society that’s cares deeply about the environment. From bans on plastic bag usage to handbags made out of recyclables, there’s so many ways to embrace a little eco-friendliness in your daily life.

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes, this Earth Day reminds us that the fate of our beautiful planet lies in our hands. If you think a couple of recycled coffee cups won’t make a difference, we urge you to change your perspective and see the waves small lifestyle changes can make.

There’s a common misconception out there that living an eco-friendly lifestyle is only possible in a home with a backyard. While it’s easy to believe this, we assure you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Within your comfy, luxury apartment home there is a world of change just waiting to happen!

This Earth Day, don’t listen to the hype! Instead, take a few pointers from us. We’ve scoured the web for 5 simple and sustainable ways you can live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in your apartment home.

1. Upcycle!

If you’re a fan of fruits and veggies (let’s face it—everyone should be), then this one’s for you! If you’re tired of making your way through the supermarket multiple times a week, what if we told you that you could make fewer trips? Instead of tossing out your fruit and veggie scraps, upcycle them instead! From sweet potatoes to pineapple and ginger, the possibilities are endless when you regrow your food scraps! Now when you run out of onions, you can save on gas and head to your mini-garden instead. It doesn’t get more organic than that! Click here to learn more about upcycling your food scraps.

2. All year long

Although Earth Day is only 24 hours, the spirit of the cause should carry on all year round. From using non-toxic cleaning products to buying reusable water bottles and wrapping your water heater in an insulating jacket, there’s so many ways you can make apartment living a little easier on our Mother Earth. For a month-to-month game plan, click here.

3. In your control

Living in apartment, we know that not necessarily everything is in your hands and conserving energy can be a little trickier. Luckily, there’s still a lot you can do! Here in South Texas, we do have some cold fronts that come through during the winter. Here’s a tip for when that happens: cover your windows in plastic and use fans to distribute cold air. This can make a difference in your energy usage. Additionally, turn your thermostat down at night during the cooler months and open up your windows, when it’s not too hot, for some serious conservation. Take things to the next level and check out these tips as well.

4. So long, paper towels!

One of the easiest ways to live a more sustainable existence can be found in the simpler aspects of life. While some of us may swear by them and rely on them every single time we spill our coffee, there’s no denying the fact that paper towels are harmful to our environment. For that reason, it’s time to let them go and embrace something a little different.

Reusable cloths or old T-shirts are the solution to this growing problem. Instead of constantly emptying your wallet to purchase paper towels, investing in a set of 20 reusable cloths (or old clothes if you’re feeling extra thrifty) can make all the difference! Decrease your footprint on Mother Earth and save some extra cash with this game-changing tip.

5. DIY time

While some of us swear by Windex or live by Clorox, it’s important to understand the detrimental effects these harsh substances can have on the planet. Of course, there is something you can do about this. If you’re a lover of DIY projects, brace yourself!

The key to cleaning your apartment and preserving the integrity of the environment lies in common household products. Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom that needs a little scrub, there’s a DIY cleaner out there that’ll make it shine and sparkle like never before. With ingredients as simple as vinegar or Borax, cleaning might just be less of a drag. Click here for easy DIY cleaner recipes.

If you’re a diehard environmentalist or are simply looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, don’t let living in an apartment stop you! If these tips have inspired you, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how you can get the ball rolling on your conservation efforts.

On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment Homes, we wish you a joyous Earth Day.

Real Life Grey’s Anatomy

No matter where you go, it’s likely that you’ll hear somebody gushing about Grey’s Anatomy the second they hear about your profession. While the show is a guilty pleasure for most of us, it makes the lives of medical professionals look downright glamorous. Of course, as a real-life member of the local medical field, you know that the reality is very different.

In the RGV, our nurses and support staff train and serve selflessly. We know that you work long hours and face situations we would deem impossible. Because of this, we’re aware that those in the medical field tend to experience a higher rate of burnout than people in other professions. However, what you do on a daily basis makes a world of difference. We encourage you not to lose sight of your impact!

Take A Breath

We know that creating life/work balance is hard. The long hours are often unavoidable. Stress and emotional drain are part of the package when peoples’ lives are in your hands. At Santa Anna Apartment homes in Weslaco, we’re highly aware of this fact and have an immense amount of respect for the individuals who have chosen to selflessly devote their time to the care of others. Here are three tips for avoiding professional burnout and improving your work life balance:

  • Unplug– As if days crammed with patients, labs, and paperwork aren’t enough, professionals are now inundated with calls, texts, IM’s, emails, and notifications on their smart phones. Some days even if you leave work, there is no escape! If you are not on call, find a period of time to unplug. Savor the silence. Breathe. Meditate. Nap. Embrace a moment of peace.
  • Exercise– Your body and mind are the tools with which you perform your very important job. Would your car run its best without maintenance, fuel and oil? Of course not! Our bodies need exercise as much as air, food and water. Unfortunately, as lives get busy, exercise is one of the first things to be pushed out. Find something that fits into your schedule and get your body moving, your blood pumping and your mind refocused. If you have an exercise facility available that’s ideal, if not, find a jogging/walking path or swim laps.
  • Find Your Happy Place– Once you finally get to leave work, make sure that you have a sanctuary to retreat to. Even if you only get to be there a few hours a day, make your home, regardless of the size, your happy place. Surround yourself with colors that make you feel good. Light up some lavender candles and soak in a hot bath. Listen to your favorite tunes. Whatever will make you say “ahhhhh”.

Your Sanctuary in Weslaco Texas

If you are a medical professional looking for a new place to call home in the Rio Grande Valley, we’ve got you covered! Santa Anna Apartment Homes are the perfect place to live, play and relax.

We admire what you do for us, and we are more than happy to offer exclusive discounts on our luxury apartment homes to all medical professionals.

We value the hard work and service you provide for our community. On behalf of the Santa Anna Apartment homes, we thank you for your efforts in upholding standards of good health throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. We invite you to unplug and enjoy the amenities of luxury apartment living:

  • Close proximity to Weslaco schools
  • Pet-friendly amenities: Bark Park and Pet Washing Station
  • Residence features: outdoor cabana and fireplace
  • Safe and secure living environment
  • Spacious luxury floor-plans
  • Lifestyle and fitness facilities
  • 24-hour on-site customer service and maintenance

Luxury Apartment Living For Life / Work Balance

Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco offers a prime list of amenities for our residents to enjoy. We strive to go above and beyond exceptional apartment living with exclusive discounts for our tenants working in the educational and medical fields, as well as border patrol agents. We want to be your happy place!

Check out all of our amenities and samples of our floor-plans to see why Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect community for you and your family. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about one of our units.

Santa Anna Honors Border Patrol Agents with Exclusive Discount

At Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco, we strive to maintain a safe community for our residents. We understand the value of security and honor the hardworking individuals who have devoted their lives to protecting our borders. As a small token of our appreciation, we offer an exclusive discount for Border Patrol agents and their families. Whether you’re working at a sector in McAllen, Harlingen or Brownsville, we are located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley making our facilities the prime location to live and work.

Check out the following perks you can enjoy at a special discounted rate:

  • 3% monthly rent discount for Border Patrol agents
  • Proximity to local Border Patrol stations and schools
  • Family-friendly and pet-friendly amenities
  • Safe and secure living environment
  • Spacious 1 and 2 bedroom luxury floor-plans
  • Lifestyle and fitness facilities

As a thank you for enriching and fortifying our cities, let us repay you. If you’re a Border Patrol agent looking for a place that offers great family amenities, take advantage of this special offer today! Whether you’re new to the area or relocating within the region, you can rest assured that we will do all we can to provide an apartment community that meets your every need. Get in contact with one of our staff members to learn how you can take advantage of this special offer.

Going Beyond Great Apartment Living

Santa Anna Apartment Homes in Weslaco offers a prime list of amenities for our residents to enjoy. We strive to go above and beyond exceptional apartment living with exclusive discounts for our tenants working in the educational and medical fields, as well as, border patrol agents. Check out all of our amenities and samples of our floor-plans to see why Santa Anna Apartment Homes is the perfect community for you and your family. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about one of our units.

7 Apartment Essentials for Your Move-In Day

If you’re moving into your new house or apartment, move-in day will be a rushed and messy ordeal. It’s best to be prepared with the basic necessities. These seven essentials include must-haves for various areas of your home as well as some things to ensure your comfort during the first few days.

Towels and Toiletries

Feeling stinky and sweaty after a hard day of work? You’ll be wanting easy access to towels and toiletries when you’re getting settled in your new place. Pack a bag or small box filled with your shampoos, soaps and bathroom towels to keep handy.


After a long day of moving and unpacking, you’ll want a comfortable mattress and fresh sheets to rest on. While the first few weeks of your move will be all about getting acquainted, never sacrifice your sleep time.

Emergency Kit

You never know when an accident will strike, so it’s wise to keep an emergency kit of first-aid basics. Keep a kit with bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain killers and alcohol close by.

Tool Set

For small DIY projects, maintenance and repair tasks, and hanging portraits and shelves, you’ll want tools like a screwdriver, hammer and nails nearby.

Kitchen Utensils and Dishes

Whether you plan on cooking or ordering take-out for the first few days in your new home, you’ll need your kitchen utensils and plates around. You can eat on countertops and couches serving as makeshift tables, but spoons, forks and knives are a must.

Cleaning Supplies

With a few cleaning supplies at your disposal, you can spruce up the furniture as you unpack it. Keep your favorite cleaning tools around so you don’t add to the mess that may already be present from the moving process.

Something of Meaning

To make your new living space feel like home, set out something meaningful to you. This could be a family portrait, your favorite lounge chair or a household item that was gifted to you by a special someone.

Lease Today

Moving into your new home is a big task to undertake, but you’re not alone with Santa Anna Apartment Homes by your side. We can help make the move to your new luxury apartment swift and easy. Just contact us today or call us at 956.678.4444 to learn about our layouts, amenities, and prices.

Decorating Tricks for Small Living Spaces

Apartment living comes with a host of exciting experiences, like learning to make the best of small living spaces. You may be one of the lucky ones with a spacious apartment, but for most apartment-dwellers, maximizing small spaces is a necessity. Check out these tips and tricks to make your small living space feel bigger than it really is.

Find the Right Lighting

Dim lighting and dark walls in a cramped space makes it feel smaller. Soften the lighting in a room for an expanded look. Light colors on the floor and walls will help open up a cramped space, and natural lighting will aid in accomplishing a fresh and bright look.

Add Depth

Use mirrors and metallic decorative pieces to add depth and brighten the room by reflecting light. Hanging curtains or setting carpets with vertical lines can also add depth to a room. This will help make a low ceiling feel taller or a small room feel longer.

Work Some Magic with Curtains

The right curtain in a small living space can work wonders, in a subtle way. Use curtains that are similar in color to the wall for an uninterrupted flow along the room. You can also set a curtain rod several inches above the actual window to draw the eyes up.

Down-Scale the Furniture

You won’t sacrifice the luxurious look by opting for smaller accent pieces. Using bulky or too much furniture in a small space is a surefire way to darken the area. Find minimalistic and multi-use furniture like acrylic coffee tables and storage ottomans to maximize your space.

Use Corners and Floating Storage

Place a lounge chair or a piece of greenery at the corners of your living space to distract from an ending point. Plants freshen up an area and add a bright pop of color while chairs and cushions serve as a small but comfortable reading nook.

Get In Touch

Santa Anna Apartment Homes offers luxury apartments that don’t compromise space or amenities. Check out our various floorplans to find a style that suits you most. Call us today at 956.678.4444 to speak with a staff member to find out how you can establish your new home with us.

Is Renter’s Insurance worth the Investment?

You may not be ready to move into a house, but that does not mean you should do without financial protection for yourself, other household members, your guests and your personal property. While many people believe renters’ insurance is an unnecessary expense, it may be a wise investment to protect your personal belongings in case of an accident or other unfortunate event in your rented home. Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or home, or you’re well established, it’s best to know about what renters’ insurance can do for you.

What is renters’ insurance?

Typically the actual residence is protected by your landlord, but that does not take into account your personal property or expenses incurred as a result of an accident in your rented home. That’s where renters’ insurance kicks in. Much like homeowners’ insurance, renters’ insurance serves to protect a tenant’s personal property from fire, theft and vandalism. Rather than insuring the dwelling, renter’s insurance provides liability coverage and peace of mind for one’s belongings and household investments. Only 39% of renters have in renters’ insurance, though the financial protection may be well worth the investment.

What are types of renters’ insurance coverage?

When shopping for insurance, you’ll run into a variety of policies. It’s best to be familiar with the types of protection your insurance policy can provide. Depending on the company and package you purchase, the policy could provide coverage like: • Personal liability – If someone files a lawsuit against you for any injuries suffered in your apartment, this type of coverage will take care of legal costs.

  • Personal property – On average, renters own between $20,000 and $30,000 in personal property. This type of coverage will kick in to replace your belongings in case of a fire or burglary.
  • Property damage to others – Renters’ insurance follows you outside your rented property. This coverage will help you replace any accidental damage you may have caused to someone else’s property.
  • Medical payments – A designated amount of medical expenses under this coverage are covered for guests who are injured on your property.
  • Additional living expenses – In the case of a covered incident in your rental property that leaves it unfit for use, this coverage will cover relocation expenses up to a certain limit.

What does renters’ insurance cover?

Most renters’ insurance policies will offer at least financial coverage for personal property and for additional living expenses. In case of an emergency, it’s wise to have a rough list of major items in your household or to estimate the true value of your personal possessions. Keep it somewhere safe; it’ll safe you time and stress when you have to file your claim after an incident. The goal is to replace your lost items with financial compensation. Most insurance policies place caps on more expensive personal items, so renters have the option of purchasing additional coverage. These items include electronics, firearms and jewelry. If your renters’ insurance covers “Loss of Use”, meaning your living expenses are covered if you are displaced from your home, hotel bills or temporary rent will be taken care of up to a certain amount.

Get In Touch Today

Santa Anna Apartment Homes strive to offer new and existing tenants relevant information on renting and apartment living. Whether you’re a new or long term renter, we aim to make the best of your apartment life. Call our office at 956.678.4444 to learn more about our policies, amenities and apartment availability.

Meet the Neighbors: Tips for Breaking the Ice

Finding the perfect apartment to call home is not just about the space you’re getting or the amenities offered. Consider the community surrounding your new home. Building a healthy relationship with your neighbors early on can positively influence your living situation. They’ll always be there to help with a cup of sugar or watch your pets while you’re away. Your new neighbors could even become long-standing friends. While the process may be awkward at first, take these tips into considerations when meeting your apartment community.

For the Socialite

If you live for playing host, make your mark in a new neighborhood by hosting a get-together. Ask your building manager about organizing a social event. Take advantage of the apartment complex pool or clubhouse as those are perfect areas to set your party. Making the event a potluck or block party will encourage other neighbors to interact, too. Use the opportunity to introduce yourself and socialize. You’ll find neighbors that you’re most compatible in no time.

For the Introvert

If you prefer individual encounters over hosting small social events, focus on meeting your neighbors one at a time. Bake some goodies for your closest neighbors, because nothing breaks the ice like the smell of freshly baked cookies. For the more distance neighbors, introduce yourself when you run into them during an elevator ride or in the parking lot. The key is to make a habit out of saying hello when you see them and to make small talk. Whether you’re new to the area or a long-living resident, there’s plenty of conversation to be made about local hot spots or restaurants to try. It could serve as to a lead for a future hangout with them. Centered on Community Santa Anna Apartment Homes feels strongly about fostering and maintaining a happy apartment community. That’s why we host planned resident activities and offer plenty of entertainment opportunities, whether they be outdoor or indoor activities. For information and questions on our Calendar of Events and amenities, call us at (956)678-4444.