June 2020 RMA – Energy Conservation – Visa Gift Card

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June Newsletter


Solve Our Puzzle

Thank you for participatingin the May Newsletter Puzzle.  After a random drawing amongst all of our correct responses, Brandie Greenlee is our May winner, who won a $20 Visa Gift Card!

Find the answers to our crozzword puzzle in this month’s reminders and newsletter! Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for this month’s prize of another Visa Gift Card! (Due to current circumstances, we will not be offering gift cards to specific establishments this month.)

Read this month’s reminders and newsletter below for clues.  And don’t forget to read next month’s newsletter to see if you won! Good luck!

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Remember to exercise caution as our state gradually reopens. For the latest COVID-19 protocol in the State of Idaho, please visit https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

Important Reminders

If you are one of our lucky tenants who has lawn care provided, and also owns a pet, please be sure to keep your pet’s waste picked up. Nothing ruins a lawn maintenance man’s day more than to be sprayed with pet poop!

Remember, lawnmowing and weeding is a weekly task now that the weather has warmed up!

1) Hot weather is on the way!  Test your a/c now to make sure it is fully operational. That way, if you do have a maintenance issue, you won’t be stuck without cooling when temperatures soar! Use our property meld system to report any concerns.

2) We’ve had lots of rain, and now we are back to high temperatures.  Your lawn and planter beds should be growing like crazy, as will the weeds! Keep up with the weekly lawn mowing, edging and weeding.

3) This is the time of year the HOA management firms drive by looking for unkempt landscaping.  So make their job easy, and keep your landscaping looking great.

4) All sprinkler turn ons are completed.  As the weather starts to dry, watch for any dry spots in your lawn and let us know if your sprinkler heads don’t seem to be covering the landscape correctly. Also, if there are any soggy areas, that could mean there is a break in the sprinkler line or a sprinkler head is malfunctioning.  Be sure to use our property meld system to report any concerns of that nature. This applies to tenants in duplex, 4-plex and apartment complexes as well. The HOA company is supposed to catch these things, but they don’t always. So please let us know if sprinklers are over watering, watering buildings or driveways, or underwatering the lawn or planter beds.

5) Our monthly reminder – have you changed filters recently?  Your lease requires you to change them every two months.  Clean filters improve the performance of your furnace and air conditioner and keeps your air quality free of allergens and dust.  If you don’t know where to find your filters, or how to change them, please call your property manager.

6) Did you open up your foundation vents yet?  This needs to be done to allow for healthy air circulation through the crawl space to avoid mold!

7) Property owners may have scheduled maintenance to be completed at your home. If so, a vendor will reach out to you to book a convenient time in July to attend to the work order. (These services may include Dryer Vent Cleaning, Crawl Space, Attic and Roof Inspections.)

Energy Conservation in the time of COVID-19

By Athena Savoglou

Being responsible during the coronavirus pandemic has meant, all-in-all, one thing: Staying Home!  Among the constant news cycle, professional uncertainty, home schooling, living room workouts, countless new recipes, and just plain boredom, there has been another challenge: higher energy bills.  So, we thought we would share some tips on how to mitigate the impact of all this extra use on your energy bill, and ultimately, your bank account.

CityofBoise.org has shared the following guidelines to help you conserve energy and save money:

  • “LET THE LIGHT IN! – Open curtains and blinds during the day to let the sunlight in. In addition to using less energy, studies have shown that exposure to natural light can improve mental wellbeing.  In the heat of summer, close blinds during the day to keep the heat out and prevent your cooling system from switching on.
  • ECO-CLEAN YOUR DISHES – Check your dishwasher settings. Does it have an energy efficiency cycle? If so, you could save water and energy every time you run your dishwasher.
  • SET YOUR COMPUTER’S ENERGY SAVINGS – Most computers have built-in settings for saving energy. Using the “sleep” setting can save just a bit more on your electricity bill.
  • SEEK OUT ENERGY “VAMPIRES” – Search your home for electronics that are plugged in even though they aren’t being used. You can save up to $100 per year by plugging office equipment and other devices into a single power strip that can easily switch off.
  • LOWER YOUR LAUNDRY COSTS – Wash clothes in cold water and dry them using a low heat setting. If you can, hang clothes outside to dry in the fresh air.
  • CHECK OUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND REBATES – If you don’t participate in utility energy-efficiency programs, now is a good time to take advantage of Idaho Power and Intermountain Gas programs and services that help you save energy and money all year long.”

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Complete our June crossword puzzle for a chance to win a Visa gift card! Clues are in this month’s reminders and newsletter above. Good luck!

Please email your responses to athena.rma@gmail.com.