- Staying warm in the winter
- Story Time at Bayside
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Carport and garage storage
- Finances, savings and taxes
- RCI survey winners announced
- House watch program
- National Wear Red Day
- Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood?
Heating your home accounts for about 66 percent of your monthly energy consumption during winter months. Making some small changes around the house can help you lower your energy consumption and save you money through the Live Army Green Program.
Under the program, occupied homes that are the same, or similar, are grouped together and the utilities are averaged to determine a baseline. The baseline is averaged monthly so current conditions are automatically factored in.
Once the baseline is established, a buffer zone is added above and below the average. When a resident's use falls within the buffer zone, the resident will receive a "no action required" statement, but when a family uses less than the baseline and buffer zone they receive a rebate.
Families consuming above the buffer zone will receive a "balance due" notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due.
If you regularly receive a “balance due” statement here are some tips to reduce your energy consumption while staying warm:
- Wear slippers. Warm air rises so your feet on the floor often get cold. Wearing a pair of cozy slippers can keep your feet toasty and help you feel warmer.
- Sweaters, cardigans and sweatshirts can help you stay comfortable while keeping your thermostat set lower.
- Regularly changing your air filter reduces stress on your HVAC system. Filters are available at your community office for no charge.
- A slow cooker is an efficient way to make a hearty meal on a cold day.
If you have any questions about the Live Army Green Program, please contact your Community Office.
Every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the Aberdeen Proving Ground Library joins Corvias Military Living at the Bayside Community Center for Story Time. The hour will feature stories for both pre-schoolers and school-aged children. For more information email Apg.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 278-3417.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, Feb. 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. Military spouses can apply for $5,000 educational grants through Corvias Foundation. Grant applications are due May 7.
Carports should be used for their primary reason: parking of vehicles, not a living space or storage area. Bicycles, toys, tools, and lawn equipment, when not in use, must be stored in an approved storage space or moved to the back yard. However, such items must be picked up in order for the lawn service to be performed.
Garage doors should not remain open for extended periods of time. If a resident stores a boat or trailer in their garage the door should able to close.
Following these guidelines helps keep the community looking good.
Military Saves Week begins February 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. One of the tools available to service members is the website www.militarysaves.org. The site can help you set goals, make savings plans and find resources to help you save.
It is important to recognize that despite your savings plans, there may still be financial emergencies that cost more than your nest egg can cover. If you are ever in an unexpected financial emergency, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is here to help. AER can assist with medical expenses, funeral expenses, emergency travel, car repairs, food, rent, and other emergencies. For more information, please visit www.aerhq.org.
The Military OneSource no-cost, online tax preparation and filling service has launched. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns with a custom tool made available through the Military OneSource website.
Congratulations to our RCI quarterly housing survey winners! The Ames family and the Weaver family were chosen at random to receive $100 for completing and returning their RCI housing survey. Every family living in on-post housing will receive a housing satisfaction survey from RCI this year. The survey is sent to 25 percent of residents each quarter and includes questions such as “How satisfied are you with the accessibility of your maintenance staff?” and “How satisfied are you with the overall services you receive?”
The feedback you provide helps RCI and Corvias understand how we’re doing in meeting resident needs and helps shape future plans in your community. The next survey will be sent out soon, so remember to check your mailbox for your opportunity to provide feedback and for a chance to win cash!
Did you know Corvias Military Livings offers a House Watch program? If you are traveling just register with us and we will keep an eye on your home. The Community team will make routine checks of the property to make sure nothing has happened. If something has happened, like roof damage, a fire or a break-in, we will contact you immediately. To register in the program contact your Community Office.
Friday, Feb. 6, is National Wear Red Day, so break out your best red shirt, dress or hat. Donning red helps raise awareness of women’s heart health. Heart disease affects both men and women but is often overlooked in women’s health. So wear red to show your support. Visit the National Wear Red Day website for more information.
If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day present for that special someone here is how the holiday is celebrated by the numbers:
- Cards: About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
- Parents: Receive 1 out of every 5 valentines.
- Pets: About 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentine's Day gifts to their pets.
- Flowers: Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
- Chocolate: More than 36 million heart shaped chocolates boxes are sold on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
- Proposals: The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10 percent of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
Replace the air filter in your home every 30 days. Air filters are available at your Community Office for no additional cost.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
- Feb. 6: National Wear Red Day
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 28: Black History Month Observance, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Myer Auditorium