Update on Fitness Room

IMG_4919Our long awaited gym is finally open. The whirlpool is gone, new vinyl floors are in, and the equipment is set up for all of you to enjoy.

A special thank you to Peter and Anthony for moving the equipment on Friday and thank you to the members of the Decor committee for their contributions to the project.

The old gym is currently empty. There will be an upcoming Decor meeting to determine how this room will be used. More details to follow. IMG_4915

Tips to Reduce Condo Costs

Can We Minimize Common Area Expenses?
Tips to Reduce Condo Costs

Heat, air conditioning and water are all included in maintenance fees. So we are all paying for ourselves and each other. These common cost utilities are budgeted at $161 000 for 2016. (The budget for 2015 was $155 000.) To reduce the actual cost (Electricity and water) you can:

  1. When you are absent from your unit lower the temperature in winter and raise the temperature in summer. (It doesn’t take long to return to comfort levels when you arrive home.)
  2. On cold windy days in winter or hot summer days use blinds, curtains or drapes to moderate the indoor temperature.
  3. Think fans instead of AC in the summer.
  4. Wash clothes more frequently in cold water.
  5. Be frugal with tap water. Use only the amount needed. Examples:
    1. Take shorter showers and fewer baths.
    2. Run dishwasher only when full.
    3. Run water intermittently rather than steadily when rinsing dishes, brushing teeth, etc.
    4. If your taps don’t already have an aerator (a small, tamper-proof plastic screen screwed onto the tap) install them and it will reduce water consumption to 5.7 litres per minute from 26 litres per minute. This easy alteration will have no effect on water pressure or temperature.
    5. If you need a new washing machine consider this: top loaders use 150-170 litres of water per load; front loaders use 53-95 litres of water per load.
    6. If you are in the market for a new toilet consider one with water saving features.

If we all make an effort towards small changes we can curb our utility costs. These ideas are in no way intended to cause discomfort to your lifestyle. We CAN reduce utility costs if we employ a group effort and practice environmentally sound habits.

Tips to Reduce Hydro Costs in our Individual Units

Can We Minimize Personal Expenses?
Tips to Reduce Hydro Costs in our Individual Units

Hydro costs went up 10% last year and we can expect at least 10% this year. There are many ideas to reduce our personal costs. When a host of them are applied, hydro bills will diminish. Here are some ideas:

1. Take advantage of off peak hours for use of electrical appliances, especially the ones that are energy gluttons like ovens and clothes dryers.
2. Turn lights off when you’re not in the room.
3. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED’s or CFL’s which use 3 times less energy.
4. Turn your computer off when you are finished with it.
5. If you are in the market for new appliances ensure that you purchase energy efficient ones.
6. Take the heat off of the drying cycle in your dishwasher.
7. Reduce the use of your clothes dryer. Hang some clothes to dry.
8. Use your oven less (it’s a huge energy drain). Crock pots use very little energy.
9. Take advantage of programs, rebates, coupons and sales.
10. Learn which of your appliances are energy gluttons and replace them with more efficient ones (or use them less). For example, a toaster oven uses much more electricity than a simple toaster.

Example:
Yearly cost of 4 – 60 watt or equivalent light bulbs, on from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. daily
Incandescent $89.00
CFL’s $18.81 Savings of $70.13
LED’s $11.75 Savings of $77.25

Check out this website for more information: www.ieso.ca/house/hydroone/default.htm

Syrian Refugees

Are you interested in exploring the possibility of being part of a Syrian refugee sponsorship group? Please email Hillary Arnold at arnold.hillary@gmail.com if you would like to attend the next meeting. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13 at 33 Mill Street, Unit 3004. No commitment at this time – this is the second meeting. We are gathering information on the process and responsibilities to see if we can put together a group of downtown residents with the interest and resources to consider this challenging venture. Here is a link to LIFELINE SYRIA – a resource with information about the role of sponsors and the overall process.