Manager’s Message — August 2020

Libby CalnonDear Members,

It’s mid-July as I write this, and we’re enjoying some of our first warm weather of the season.

If you’re dreaming of air conditioning, consider adding a heat pump in homes with ductwork or a ductless heating and cooling system in homes with zonal heat. Heat pumps and ductless systems provide energy-efficient summer air conditioning and affordable winter heating.

For a limited time, we are offering rebates on qualifying high- efficiency heat pump models installed by qualifying contractors.

To learn more, visit our Heat Pump Rebates page.

Here are some simple tips for keeping cool and lowering your energy bills:

  • Close blinds and drapes during daylight hours — If you can, shade your windows from the outside to keep the sun off the glass. This simple step lowered the temperature on the inside of my windows by 10 degrees.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed during the day to keep out heat — Open them at night or early in the morning and use fans to pull cool breezes through. Last summer, we used this strategy to keep the co-op office cool while our air-conditioning system was being repaired. Cooling down the office in the morning made a big difference in our afternoon comfort level.
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms — Turn off or unplug unnecessary electronics.
  • Skip your dishwasher’s drying cycle — Air-dry dishes instead.
  • Dry your laundry on a clothesline — If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting.
  • Cook more meals outdoors on a grill or in your microwave — Avoid using the oven, which adds heat to your home.
  • Use fans to keep cool — Turn them off when you leave the room.
  • If you have an air conditioner or heat pump — shade the outdoor unit and make sure it has good airflow on all sides.
  • Install awnings or plant deciduous trees —  to shade sun-facing windows.
  • Check your air filters monthly — Clogged filters make your air conditioner or heat pump work harder.

Facility Update

Although the threat of COVID-19 has not dissipated, we have cautiously reopened our lobby to limited walk-in traffic. Masks are required.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!

Libby Calnon
General Manager