10 Tips for Conserving Water Inside Your Home

(courtesy of  The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management)

 

  1. Install low-flow shower heads. Older shower heads use 5-7 gallons per minute; low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute.
  2. Take a “Navy” shower. Rinse, turn off water, soap up, turn water on and rinse again.  Limiting the amount of time you spend “under the water” reduces water use considerably.
  3. Gentlemen- shave in the sin not the shower. Ladies, if this is too acrobatic shave in the shower….but do so during the “soap-up” portion of the Navy shower.
  4. Keep a 10 gallon bucket in your shower to catch water you bathe, and keep another bucket in your kitchen to catch water you would normally pour down the drain
  5. Install a low- flow aerator on your faucets. Low-flow faucet aerators use 1.5 gallons of water per minute; older faucets use between 3 &7 gallons per minute.
  6. Don’t let the water run while you bush your teeth or shave.
  7. If you have an ancient toilet, consider switching it for a new, water conserving model. Older toilets use between 3.5-7gallons of water per flush. New toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.
  8. If you can’t upgrade to a new toilet, make sure the flapper mechanism inside the tank is working properly. Use a water displacement bag in your toilet tank (not a brick, which can damage your toilet’s inner mechanisms as it erodes) to help reduce the amount of water per flush. Consider limiting your flushes- “Number 1 can stay a while, Number 2-send it through!”
  9. Hand-wash your dishes. Fill one sink with soapy water and one sink with rinse water. If you have to use your dishwasher, make sure it is full before running it. Dishwashers use between 9-14gallons of water per wash.
  10. Replay your top-loading washing machine for a front loading model. Top loading machines typically use 40 gallons per wash, while front loading models use less than 20. Don’t wash until you have full load. (OMG- this is just the info I needed to convince my husband to buy a new machine!)

 

For more information about water conservation inside the home, call 404-589-2684.

Where Mortgage Fraud is Prevalent

Mortgage fraud cases are up all over the country, with FBI investigations rising to 1,380 from 818 in fiscal 2006. Many perpetrators were home buyers who inflated their incomes or credit status to obtain mortgages; while other schemes involved teams of real estate brokers, appraisers, and “straw buyers” who never had any intention of living in the properties.

With local home prices up 40 percent in 2004, FBI agent Scott Hunter is not surprised that speculators flocked to Las Vegas to make money, calling the city “mortgage fraud ground zero.”

He notes, “We’ve got people who walked into neighborhoods who paid $200,000 to $400,000 more than they every should have paid. . . . Everybody thought the market was hot, but a lot of that was being manipulated.”

In addition to lender losses, fraud results in reduced property values and leaves home owners owing more than their properties are worth.

Nationwide, MortgageDaily.com says fraudulent mortgages topped $4 billion last year from $1.6 billion the prior year.

Source: USA Today, Greg Farrell (06/03/2008

 

Westview Community Organization

Tonight’s meeting was informative, here’s a quick recap. Please add  events to your calendar:

  1. June 21st Westview Neighborhood BBQ, partnership with It’s Our Neighborhood Association
  2. National Night Out 2008 (First Tuesday in August)
  3. Great American Clean-Up

Also Major Perdue, Deputy Chief of Zone 4 came out and gave a report on crime in our area. As you know, Zone 4 is the LARGEST zone, and is in need of additional Officers- our territory is wide- covering West End, Westview, Dill/University Ave , Oakland City all the way to parts of Camp Creek .   Crime is up 15% more this year from last- he did emphasize that WE- Westview and West End are not unique- Atlanta and the nationhas huge CRIME issues due to the bad economy.   Major Perdue also reiterated that most crime is on vacant properties. Copper. Appliances. Electrical.  HVAC/Furnace (for copper) etc.  Also a new trend, businesses are being hit after hours.   Our defence/solution; US.  He advised us to become those “nosey neighbors” again, take notes, CALL the police, know your neighbors, look out for each other.  There is also a new Seniors Police Academy training – contact Macia Kimbro at 404-209-5250 to sign up.

Jonathan Kidwell (Area Manager for NPU-T) of House Proud (a ToolBank Program) also informed the residents of this program/service now available to our Seniors in NPU-T. You WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. If you are a Senior Citizen (Home Owner) or know someone who is, that reside in NPU-T you House Proud will help restore your home.  Some of the FREE services they offer is roof repair, electrical, plumbing, painting, flooring- anything to keep you “warm, safe and dry” .  Check out their website at www.houseproudatl.org  and contact Jonathan at 404-880-0054x 20, email jon@toolbank.org.  This service is for Seniors 60+, home owners, lower income ( income of $39,000max a year for single), and MUST have home owners insurance. Be sure to help your neighbors and get them this information.

Lastly, did you know that Habitat for Humanity has a ReStore?  This is a home improvement outlet (store selling products up to 75% below retail) and 100% of the profit supports Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. All of the products are donated,(some from Home Depot ). The store is in Grant Park. 519 Memorial Drive, www.atlantarestore.orgor call for hours at 404-525-2114. Be sure to mention you heard about this from “Ayanna” at the Westview Community meeting for a 25% discount off a single item purchase.  You can also donate (for a tax right off) or volunteer.

…and I think, that’s it.  Tomorrow West End Neighborhood Development at 7PM at the Peeples Street library.