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Apartment Energy Guide from OUC

Apartment Energy Guide

What Goes Up Can Go Down

If your electric bill is higher than you want it to be and you’d like to bring it down… then you need to know what’s making it go up.

Here are the culprits:

Plug Into Savings
You can take a number of steps to lower your electric bill, including:

Raise The Bar
The easiest way to save energy is to raise your thermostat a little when it’s warm outside, and lower when it’s cool. In the summer, keep your air conditioner thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher. Turn it off completely or set it at 85 degrees when you’re away from home for more than four hours.

Less Is More
During winter months, set your heat thermostat at 68 degrees or less, and turn it down to 55 degrees at bedtime. (Add an extra blanket or comforter.)

Fantastic Idea
Use circulating fans to increase comfort; turn them off in unoccupied areas.

Monthly Ritual
Clean or replace air conditioner filter monthly.

Ready, Reset, Go
Reset both upper and lower thermostats on your hot water heater to 125 degrees or lower.

Off You Go!
If you leave your apartment for two days or more, turn off the power to your hot water heater at the circuit breaker.

Cool Suds
Wash and rinse your clothes in cold water.

Made In The Shade
Use shades, drapes, blinds or other window coverings to keep out summer heat and winter cold.

Veterans Memorial Garden Coming to Avalon Park

Girls Scouts, American Legion, Avalon Church and Property Owners’ Association come together to hold Memorial Day ceremony

What: As part of Avalon Park’s Memorial Day celebrations, several groups are coming together to start building a memorial garden for veterans in the community’s central garden.


The garden will be built by volunteers, who are seeking donations from the community members to help purchase supplies for the garden. Avalon Church is donating the land for the garden.


This is part of the Girl Scout Cadette Troop working towards their Silver Award.


Who: ·         Girl Scout Troop #4638

·         Avalon Park American Legion Post #409

·         Avalon Park Property Owners’ Association

·         Avalon Church


When: Monday, May 28, 2018

10 a.m.


Where: Avalon Park Community Garden

13460 Tanja King Blvd.

Orlando, Fla 32828


Media Contact: Alan Byrd

Alan Byrd & Associates

[email protected]



About Avalon Park
Avalon Park is an 1,860-acre neighborhood located in southeast Orange County, nestled beside the serene, natural surroundings of the Econlockhatchee River. Avalon Park has 240 acres of wetlands, 400 acres of upland preserve, 250 acres of man-made lakes, walking/biking trails and a pool with cabana located in the center of each neighborhood village.  Development principles are based on New Urbanism planning concepts, which emphasizes human-scale communities in which traditional-style neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of the town center to foster an improved quality of life for residents of all ages. Bringing this principle to life includes a mix of housing types, civic uses, office/commercial buildings and Downtown Avalon Park.

For more information on Avalon Park, visit or call 407-658-6565.

Contact: Stephanie Lerret, Avalon Park Group, 407-427-6073 or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470, [email protected]

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Downtown Business of the Week: Primrose School at Avalon Park

Why Balanced Learning Works

It’s a fact: children learn better when they are engaged. That’s why purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers are key components of Balanced Learning. See how this time-tested approach with a strong emphasis on life skills and character development can help your child develop and excel.

More Than a Curriculum

Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration.

Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just so much fun! Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning. And what could be more rewarding than that?

Early Learning Domains


Each child learns in different ways. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence.


Children are natural scientists. They use their senses and special technological tools to observe and investigate their world, recording and analyzing their findings through writing, drawing or taking photos.


The early years are critical for literacy development. From sign language and story time in younger classrooms, to phonics and eventually reading and writing in our older ones, your child develops important literacy skills and a love of reading.


Visual and creative arts stimulate imagination and creative thinking. In our proprietary Primrose Early Art Masters™ program, children discover early and contemporary artists and practice their techniques in their own masterpieces.


Active children become active adults. We show your child fun ways to practice proper techniques for movement, balance and motor skills with plenty of time to slide, climb and run on our age-appropriate playgrounds.


Early experiences with math help children develop reasoning skills, inventiveness and persistence in problem solving. Our math program introduces numbers, measurement and patterns through hands-on learning.

Developing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®

At Primrose Schools®, we pay close attention to all facets of a child’s growth including social, emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and character development. Our proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, life skills and foreign language were developed especially for our curriculum. And when it comes to helping your child reach their full potential, we leave no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned.

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Business of the Week Feature-Avalon Park YMCA

Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own to plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up—provided their properly supported.


The Y wants to ensure all kids in Avalon Park community awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things.


That’s why, on April 21 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, we’re hosting Healthy Kids Day®, a chance to help ensure families have the tools they need to help kids stay active and engaged all summer long. The annual event is a nationwide-initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. When a child is healthy, happy, motivated and excited, amazing things are bound to happen! Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play. Across the nation nearly 1.2 million participants will partake in games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more. Here at the Avalon Park YMCA families and children will learn and play together, to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.


“As we head into the summer, the Y wants to help awaken their imaginations and help them achieve amazing things. There are no days off for a child’s developing mind and body,” said Craig James, Executive Director of the Avalon Park YMCA, “and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and engage kids to stay physically and intellectually active over the summer.”


In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:


  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Read Together – The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants—and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.


We can’t wait to see you at our Healthy Kids Day!

Avalon Park YMCA
12001 Avalon Lake Drive, Ste. M-P

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