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House Color Schemes

    When your house requires repainting Valley Crest homeowners can now select the colors of the various elements of their house from an additional vendor (in addition to Frasee which has been sold to Sherwin Williams). The vendor is Dunn Edwards. To select the color appropriate to you specific house color scheme go to the DunnEdwards website.

    Please make sure you select the correct general color scheme.

Energy Efficient Lighting

    Every house in the community has either 4 or 2 coach lights that come on at dusk and go off at dawn. If you have 4 standard 60W bulbs that were installed by the builder it costs you about $90/year to operate these lights and consumes about 750kW of electricity. You can help the environment and save most of this money and energy by switching to compact fluorescent bulbs equivalent to 25W. Save even more by installing 9 or 10W compact fluorescent - equivalent to about 40W regular bulbs.

    To extend the life of your bulbs and save more energy check the photo cell that turns the lights on. If the cell is old and worn out it will turn the lights on very early, when the outdoor light is still good and the coach lights aren't necessary. The cell is located usually on the south facing wall of the garage near the front of the house. A new cell cost less than $20. The power to the circuit has to be turned off at the breaker panel, or hire an electrician to do this.
    Compact fluorescents are sensitive to vibration so take care to screw  them in tightly and make sure that the fixture is tightened to the wall. Otherwise strong winds may cause enough vibration to "kill" a bulb.

    If you decide to use more efficient LED lights, a 4W one will do nicely, but don’t forget to make sure that your photocell is rated for LEDs. If it's not the lights will be very short lived due to startup voltage shock.

Winterizing your pool

    We all know that when it gets cold, there is a danger of water freezing in the pipes and breaking them. The usual remedy is to run the pool pump between 2am and 4am - when it is coldest. This indeed won’t let the water freeze in the pipes. It doesn’t insure that the pool won’t freeze - you may find ice floating in your pool.

    The simplest way to prevent ice from forming is to cover the pool with a solar cover. It will prevent almost all water evaporation - a significant factor in cooling the pool, especially in windy weather. A solar cover will also trap heat underneath it and help the sun heat your pool.
    Solar covers aren’t expensive and the Water Authority will give you a coupon once every three years to offset some of the cost.

    If you have a solar heating system, the best way to protect your pool is to run the system during the day, when the sun will heat the water and not run it at night. A reasonably well designed solar heater will keep your pool at around 50o Fahrenheit during the day. It will take about 7 hours of freezing temperatures to damage your pipes - quite unusual in Las Vegas - which means that you don't need to run your pump at night and the pool will not have ice floating on it either. If exceptionally cold weather is predicted, shut down your solar heater and run the pump at night.

    The above recommendations are for information purposes only and the HOA is not liable for any resulting damages.

 

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