Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Each year, we hear about ongoing droughts in various regions of the United States and around the world. Even if you live in an area where water still seems abundant, inefficient water usage can rack up large costs to your household budget as well as to your community. Taking steps to reduce water consumption protects an increasingly scarce resource.
Water conservation in the home
According to Eartheasy, three-fourths of the average American’s indoor water consumption took place in the bathroom, with toilet usage accounting for a large share of the total, at 28%. That’s why it is especially important to check for leaks in bathroom plumbing - one of the most common sources of water waste in the home. A leaky faucet or toilet can waste anywhere between 20-150 gallons of water per day.
- Test your toilet.
- Use food dye to color the water in your tank. Check back within an hour. If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired.
- Fix leaky showerheads and faucets.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce the number of gallons per minute. These do not require hiring a plumber, and oftentimes can be done without having to break out the toolbox.
- Only run the dishwasher when full.
- Don’t let the water run while brushing teeth, shaving, or rinsing dishes.
Yard conservation tips
Depending on you water your yard, green-space, or garden, these spaces can account for 60% of a household’s water usage.
- Keeping pools covered when not in use saves hundreds of gallons of water per month from evaporating.
- Consider replacing grass with native plants that need less water.
- Planting more trees, tall plants, and bushes increases shade and reduces the need to water as often.
- Grass cut too short dries out much more quickly and requires more frequent watering.
- Water your lawn only once per week when needed, using a deep soak method in the early morning.
Doing the math: it all adds up
Maximizing efficient water usage can cut the gallons of water you use by tens or hundreds per day. When a community commits to water efficiency, it can avoid sewage spills that pollute local lakes and streams, as well as ease the burden of your local water infrastructure system. Treating used water takes a good amount of electricity, so when you reduce water waste, you can reduce your community’s electricity usage.
To learn more water usage facts, such as how many gallons it takes to produce a cup of coffee,do laundry, or even fly across the country, see here.
For over 35 years, Alaska Management Group has been meeting the property management needs of associations and planned communities throughout Alaska, including Anchorage, Palmer, Eagle River, Wasilla, and more. To learn more about us, please visit http://www.bonanzarealty.net/ or call (907) 333-1244.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Did you know over 7 million earthquakes occur in the world each year? Many of these earthquakes are so small they go undetected. A few may knock over knickknacks or cause a picture to go crooked. According to USGS, only 152 of these 7 million earthquakes are considered “large” earthquakes. The Unites States has some of the strictest building standards and quickest emergency response times in the world. What you choose to do with the interior of your home is up to you. There are plenty of precautions that must be made to ensure a safe environment for your family. With 16 states in the earthquake danger zone, it is important to do this before a tragedy occurs.
Preparing your home for an earthquake is not something we always think of as homeowners. The biggest risk during an earthquake is being struck by a falling or broken object. This can be prevented with some simple precautions like
- Securing the water heater with an anchor kit
- Installing flexible pipe fitting so they will bend, not break
- Don’t skimp on latches! A good latch will keep your cabinets closed
Create an earthquake survival kit. These are items are in addition to the typical home safety kit:
- A shovel
- Fire extinguisher
- A whistle
The safest place to be during an earthquake? Outside! Unfortunately, earthquakes tend to happen with no warning. This means you may only have mere seconds to get to your established safe spot. Pick a place in your home without windows, glass, tall unsecured furniture, or overhead fixtures. Look for an area near interior walls with a nice sturdy table or desk to hide under. Being under this will keep you and your family safe from debris should the home crumble. If you feel the ground shake, get to your safety spot, drop, cover, and hold on!
What is the most earthquake prone state? Alaska. From all of us at Alaska Management Group, stay safe when you are in your home! Since 1978, we have strived to provide exceptional management services. It has always been our goal to ensure a safe and comfortable lifestyle in the community. To find out more, give us a call at (907) 333-1244 today.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
This Thanksgiving, you plan to host friends, family, and their children for the annual feast. Your to-do list includes keeping your guests happy, staying on top of the mess, and cooking up a feast with all the fixings. You might feel overwhelmed and forget a few tasks that can put your guests in danger. Follow these tips to keep your family and home safe this Thanksgiving.
Cooking a turkey is a science. This big bird can take up to 5 days to thaw so make sure you are prepared! Keep the turkey in the refrigerator until it is time to place in the oven. A turkey should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees to ensure the meal is safe from bacteria. Once dinner is over, make sure to put all leftovers in the refrigerator. All leftovers must be refrigerated within two hours of serving.
The number of kitchen fires triples on Thanksgiving Day. Take some simple precautions to make sure your home doesn’t become part of this statistic. “Stand by your pan” encourages homeowners to never leave food, especially grease, cooking on the stove top unattended. Keep all pets and children away from hot stoves and pans. Make sure all handles are facing inwards so they are not knocked over by guests. If you have a grease fire, do NOT use water or a fire extinguisher to put it out. Turn off the heat source, cover the flames with a pot or pan if possible, and dump baking soda and/or salt on the flames.
Clogged drains can be expensive, time consuming, and stinky for you and your guests! Once a drain is clogged, homeowners can either call a plumber or run to the store for a bottle of Drano. Proper drain maintenance can avoid clogs, here are a few easy steps!
1. Lift any pop-up stoppers in sinks, remove gunk that has collected around the stopper and place it in the trash. Rinse the stopper and place it back in the drain.
2. Remove the shower drain and use a wire, a croquet hook, or a Zip-it to remove hair and other waste. Place the waste in the trash and rinse with hot water.
3. Grind up a combination of ice and salt in your garbage disposal. This will help remove grease. Once finished, rinse with cold water and grind up half a lemon or lime to leave it smelling fresh and clean.
Alaska Management Group provides management services and solutions as well as association-specific websites that can help companies share information and communicate effectively. Complete our management request form to find out how Alaska Management Group can assist you in maintaining the value and comfort of your home association.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
“Why can’t I raise goats in my backyard?” “Turn the rooms of my home into an inn?” “Paint neon pink murals on my siding?” Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) can sometimes be viewed by the individual homeowner as stifling expression and creativity. In reality, the main goal of an HOA is to maximize property values and create a positive neighborhood environment based upon shared understanding.
An HOA is a community association that serves the greater interests of a neighborhood and its residents. As such, having an HOA can give a community more political advocacy and power, as well as be a collective force for maintaining stability in resale value, community, and structural integrity. Alaska Management Group has been working with and managing homeowners’ associations in the Anchorage area for decades, and as we say in our mission statement, the goal is to “ensure a safe and comfortable lifestyle while maintaining the value of the community for all residents.”
HOAs will have agreed-upon CC&R’s (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) to meet their goal of maintaining home values, neighborhood amenities, and property stability among their residents. These will usually include:
- Ordinances and rules, such as architectural, usage, parking, and noise restrictions.
- Responsibilities of the homeowner and the association.
- Responsibilities of the homeowner and the association.
Although HOA’s will most likely put an added layer of restrictions on the individual homeowner, on top of the local government’s zoning and neighborhood ordinances, an HOA serves the collective interests of its community. HOAs can be a powerful voice for the greater interests of their residents, and allow homeowners to have access to amenities as a group that they would not be able to afford individually. Many homeowners appreciate the added stability and the financial protection of assets that an HOA provides. Finally, HOAs can create an added sense of community and neighborhood identity. For more benefits of an HOA, visit here.
Alaska Management Group is the longest-running association management company serving communities in Anchorage, as well as surrounding cities such as Palmer, Wasilla, and Eagle River. We provide exceptional management services and association-specific websites that facilitate shared information, communication, and access between residents, Board members, and our team. We provide both full service and financial management as well as Board of Directors consultation services. Let us know if we can assist you in maintaining the value and comfort of your home and association by completing our management request form.