Archive for May 2012

Tips on How To Cool Your Home

05/25/2012
Heat Wave

A fun but impractical way to cool down.

Hot enough for you?

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, it’s time to consider how you’ll keep your cool for the next few months — ideally, in a way that doesn’t just save energy but also preserves your pocket.

Last year’s blog post about “Prep Your Home for Summerproved pretty popular, and I have since  learned new tips (some of which I heard from our homeowners).

So without further ado, here’s a list of simple tips you can follow to make your home cooler:

Use natural ventilation. If it cools down at night in your neck of the woods, consider opening your windows and turning off the cooling system. Shut the windows when you wake up in the morning, not forgetting to close the blinds as well. This will effectively trap the cool air inside your home.

Don’t underestimate fans. They don’t just support air conditioning (see the next tip) — they can even replace it if you want to open your windows and enjoy the breeze. Besides table fans and ceiling fans, window fans are a great option. Today’s units are cheap and even include thermostats. Consider getting two: place one on one side of your home, blowing outward so that it expels hot air, and place the second on the opposite side, blowing inwards so it cools your home. (If you live in a two-storey home, place the outward-blowing unit upstairs; since hotter air rises, the fan will remove it sooner.)

Fans need not rule out air conditioning. In fact, they can support it. Using a ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting up to 15°C higher without reducing your comfort.

Use the thermostat to your advantage. There’s no need to turn your home into the North Pole. Set your thermostat as high as it’s comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Seal it. Proper insulation is as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Sealed cracks and openings will prevent warm air from finding its way into your home.

Of course, if you already live in a Mason Home, this isn’t a concern for you, thanks to the Energy Efficiency component of our Green for Life program that keeps perfect temperature year around, all while keeping dust, moisture and pollen where they belong — outside.

Mother’s Day Events Close to Some of Our Communities

05/11/2012

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Mother's Day Brunch


Mother’s Day is almost here, and while many of you will likely be eating pancakes made by the kids on Sunday morning, or taking your mother out for dinner, you might still find the following list useful, as it contains events taking place close to some of our current communities.

Barrie (home to our Just4U community)

Beaches, a fine market grill, will offer brunch and dinner on Sunday. Dinner consists of a four-course menu as well as the Beaches’ popular Prime Rib Feature.

Where: 268 Bradford Street
Contact: 705-728-3000 and beaches@beachesbarrie.ca

Port Hope (home to our Port Hope Golf & Country Club community)
There will be a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk in the Ganaraska Forest from 2 pm – 3:30 pm, to be followed by hot tea. (Call 905-885-8173 to register.) Also, this article offers great suggestions on how to spend Mother’s Day in Port Hope.

Peterborough (home to our Avonlea community)

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough will host both an online auction and a Mother’s Day event at Lansdowne Place. The latter will allow kids to create unique hand-painted flowerpots, with proceeds going to the 2012 Women Build Project.

Now it’s your turn: what are your plans this Sunday?

The Port Hope Farmers’ Market is Now Open for 2012

05/04/2012

Having blogged last week about Peterborough’s farmers’ markets, I should mention that the Port Hope Farmers’ Market will open for the season tomorrow, after which it will open every Wednesday and Saturday until October 27th.

Selling fresh produce, home baked goods, and arts and crafts, this is quite a popular farmers’ market. (Be aware that while the location remains the same on Saturdays, it has changed to 48 Mill St. S. for Wednesday sessions.)

Either location is a mere 5-minute drive from the Port Hope Golf & Country Club sales office, which is located at 415 Lakeshore Road. Our staff will gladly answer your questions from noon to 5 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am to 6 pm on weekends.

Designed with active adults in mind, this is the perfect community for those of you who have more leisure time after a lifetime of hard work, and wish to spend it leading an active lifestyle, playing golf, strolling, and visiting the nearby parks and conservation areas. Learn more here!


%d bloggers like this: