- Staying warm in the winter
- Spotlight award winners
- ScreamFree Marriage Workshop
- 2015 Lawn Care
- Scholarship applications due this month
- Carport and garage storage
- Finances, savings and taxes
- 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 contact your community office.
Our spotlight award winners for January are: 2nd Lt. Timothy Iuchs, Staff Sgt. Alexander Williams and roommates 2nd Lt. Brandon Moore and 2nd Lt. Allan Newman. Spotlight Awards are given to residents who demonstrate pride in their home and community. Examples of this may be keeping a tidy home, enhancing landscaping around the home or helping another resident out. Thank you for helping to make Fort Rucker a great place to live!
Learn the keys to creating and enjoying a deep, lifelong connection along with a fresh approach to marriage at the ScreamFree Marriage Workshop Thursday, Feb. 5. The workshop, sponsored by the Army Community Service Family Action Plan, is designed to provide couples with techniques to stay calm in the face of common marital conflicts. The session will be held at Wings Chapel from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop is free to authorized patrons. Complimentary childcare is available at the 24-Hour Child Development Center for the couples attending the workshop. For more information, please contact Army Community Service at (334) 255-9636.
Munie Outdoor Services, the Corvias Military Living landscape provider, will start lawn care services in February with a spring clean-up.
Spring clean-up will include the removal of leaves, sticks branches and other debris along with the trimming of all shrubs and bushes in preparation for regular maintenance and mowing. The spring clean-up also includes mulching in beds and around trees. Please make sure your yard is free of pet waste prior to the start of the spring clean-up.
Be sure to check your e-mail and community calendar for updates and schedules about the spring clean up and the mow schedule.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses 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 Feb. 23! Saving your hard-earned money year-round is a great way to ensure your family’s financial preparedness. The Army Community Service (ACS) Financial Readiness Program will host an information table on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Atrium at Bldg 5700. Different agencies will be available to you to answer questions on how to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. For more information call Mike Durden, Financial Readiness Program Manager at 334-255-9631 or visit www.militarysaves.org to review savings tips, tools, resources and strategies.
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.
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 one out of every five 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% of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year.
- Dinner: Need to make some dinner plans? The Landing Zone is hosting a Sweetheart dinner on Feb. 13 and 14 for you and that special someone. Call and make your reservations at 334-598-8025 .
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. 10: Resilient Couples Training, Wings Chapel, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 334-255-9647 to register
- Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day
- Feb. 16: President’s Day, all Corvias Military Living offices are open
- Feb. 19: Nutrition and Baby-Led Weaning Class, The Commons, 9 to 11 a.m. Call 334 255-9647 to register