Winter Weather Really is Around the Corner

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Do not let the unseasonable warm weather lull you into a false sense of security. The cold weather is right around the corner and will hit like a ton of bricks. What is worse? Home heating prices are expected to be the worst in history this winter. Consider a wood stove or wood burning fireplace insert for your home.

Higher than average fuel bills are expected for those using heating oil, which will be 10% higher than last year. A delivery of 200 gallons would cost about $700, last year, it cost about $540. Natural gas heat will be 4% higher this year over last.

But heating bills don’t need to be the whole story. Wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts bring a relaxing style to your already beautiful home. Efficiency is important, and a wood stove or insert is far more efficient than an open fireplace.

When the cold air hits, don’t be caught off guard, contact West Sport to see how we can “get you into wood” fast.

Use Mobile Technology to Find an Apartment in Roanoke

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If you are searching for an apartment in Roanoke, VA and you are on the go, take advantage of mobile technology to make your apartment search more efficient and more effective. Mobile search is available literally at your fingertips.

Check your toolbox

You may currently use mobile technology for everything from checking the weather to downloading movies, but have you thought about how you can go mobile with your apartment search? GPS and mapping tools simplify your search by pinpointing apartments that are in Roanoke or in a desired area. And many apartment communities and apartment search guides have a Facebook page where you can get a quick overview of what tenants are saying and what an appartment community has to offer.

After find a potential apartment, use mobile technology to instantly go online where you can read reviews and compare communities to others nearby. Use your mobile device to jot down notes electronically and take pictures. Then you can e-mail pictures and thoughts directly to your partner, roommate or friends.

No apartment search would be complete without submitting an application, which you can also quickly do from your mobile device once you find your dream apartment. That way other renters won’t beat you to the punch!

Socialize your search

Taking advantage of mobile technology can help you locate, preview and contact apartment communities. Before you sign the contract, you may want to go mobile to get opinions on your decision. Logging in to Facebook on your smartphone gives you quick access to your friends so you can post questions about your apartment choice and get immediate feedback.

Making a move and choosing a new apartment in Roanoke can be challenging, so maximize your mobile technology to make decisions faster and get a jump on the hottest apartments on the market.

Original article – Moving Today

A Weekend of Football in Charlotte

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Why watch game coverage in your apartment in Mooresville, NC, you can take part in the festivities. The ACC Football Championship game being played on Saturday, December 3, is certainly the showcase for the weekend in Charlotte. But, the festivities and events start well before the kickoff.

Come out and celebrate 48 hours of ACC Football with pre game pep rally’s, Fan Fest activities on the day of the game, ACC Night of Legends, ACC Commissioners Tailgate, and much more!

Friday Night Events

At the Charlotte Convention Center, the ACC Night of Legends signature event pays tribute to outstanding athletes from ACC Football programs past and present. The event honors the 2011 ACC Football season’s award winners as well as a Legend from each ACC institution representing their university during the 2011 ACC Football Championship game in Charlotte. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The official fan party of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game, EpiCentre will be THE place to be the night before the game. In addition to the restaurants, bars, and other attractions that call EpiCentre home, the main courtyard will be ready to host fans. With cheerleaders, marching bands, and mascots, the EpiCentre is sure to get fans ready for the big game.

Saturday ACC Fan Fest

The ACC FanFest will be one of the biggest events of the weekend. A large area of interactive games, team bands, mascots, pep rallies, Corporate Partner attractions and giveaways, food/beverages, autograph opportunities with ACC Legends and entertainment all day long! Best of all, its FREE to the general public!

The ACC FanFest is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday and will run until game time. Kick off time is 8pm and tickets are still available.

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For Heavy Snows Consider a Two-stage Snow Blower

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In the market for a snow blower? If you have a single-stage gas model, your memories of last winter’s victory over your best efforts might still linger. But even you’ve merely had your fill of shoveling, there’s good news: For the same money as some of the better single-stage models, a two-stage model’s addition of an impeller behind the usual auger gives it more heft in lifting and throwing snow. Even a compact 2 stage snow blower , with widths up to 24 inches, can give you the edge in the coming months. What doesn’t help, however, is that that two-stage models are heavier and take up more space in a garage or shed.

We’ve added further detail on the models in our Snow Blower Ratings to allow better comparisons. Here, in the meantime, is a primer on how a two-stage gas model differs from a single-stage in actual use.

Performance. Particularly with the widest two-stage models, snow removal is quicker—important if you’re in a hurry. The largest models throw snow the farthest, which keeps you from blowing the same snow twice in your driveway. And they offer the most muscle against the dense pile that municipal snowplows leave where your driveway meets the street.

Maneuverability. Two stage snow blowers can be twice as heavy as single-stage, but that doesn’t mean they’re twice as hard to move. Multiple speeds mean the snow blower can do all the work of getting the unit where you want it, and you can set the speed according to how easy or challenging the snow is. (The denser the snow, the slower the recommended speed.) And if your driveway slopes, the driven wheels can keep you safe. How? For my own hilly driveway on a busy street, I set a slow speed but keep my hand off the drive lever.

Other features. The beefier two-stage snow blower have freewheel steering, noted in our Ratings, which disengages either or both the drive wheels for easy, sharp turning. The higher price of the larger models also gets you single-hand controls, which frees up a hand for careful chute aim—important for driveways situated near the neighbors’. As with winter viruses, after all, generosity is not necessarily a virtue.

Lights, Football, Holiday Homes and More in Charlotte!

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There is so much going on for those of you living in an apartment in Charlotte, NC. Between the Lights on the Square Tree Lighting, ACC Championship Football Game, and the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tours, you have loads to do.

Uptown Charlotte is getting ready to kick into high gear for the holiday season, brave the weather and get into the spirit.

The Lights on the Square Tree Lighting kicks off the festivities tomorrow, Dec 1st at 5:45pm with a performance from the Nutcracker, the tree lighting and a performance from the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra. There will also be hot chocolate and hot cider.
But don’t forgot about football!  Before this weekend's ACC Championship game between Clemson and Virginia Tech kicks off on Saturday at 8pm at Bank of America Stadium there will be a huge Fan Fest held on Friday night at the Epi Center.

Looking for holiday decorating ideas? The Fourth Ward will be celebrating 34 years of showcasing their beautifully decorated homes during the season.

Enjoy all of the events that will be held around Uptown Charlotte during the weekend.

Information from Fox Charlotte