on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
World Water Day is a global initiative created by the United Nations to take action to tackle the water crisis we are facing. Our human bodies, as well as most other complex life forms on earth, are comprised of over 60% water. The earth’s population is approximately 7.5 billion people and that number grows every day. Water is essential to our health and survival, and yet 783 million people on earth do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. That is approximately 1 in 9 people that may not live through the day, week or year because they don’t have an adequate supply of water for drinking or bathing.
At one time water was considered a renewable resource. It is now, however, considered non-renewable as the earth’s population grows and more and more of the potable drinking water becomes polluted or contaminated. As a result, it is imperative that we each do our part in reducing the amount of water we use and waste.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks for water conservation that can be easily incorporated into your life:
- Water runs out of a tap at an average of 2.5 gallons per minute. Turning the taps off while you brush your teeth or shave can truly save gallons each of water each week.
- Re-use pasta and vegetable water. Pasta water can be cooled and used to water house plants and vegetable water can be used to make hearty soups and stews with the added bonus of the vitamins and minerals that leech into the cooking liquid!
- Wait till your dishwasher is full to run it. Washing by hand? Fill the sink instead of letting the tap run while you wash.
- Need to get the salt and dirt off your car from a long winter? Use car washes that recycle their water.
- Report all leaking faucets and toilets to your building Resident Manager so that they can be fixed right away.
- Power plants generating electricity use thousands of gallons of water to cool their systems. By reducing your energy consumption (turning off lights and appliances) you are also saving water!
Hollyburn Properties makes a commitment to our residents and to the global community to decrease energy consumption and minimize the environmental impact of our operations. By employing technological advances to all mechanical systems, retrofitting critical building infrastructure and in-suite appliances, and educating our residents and employees on what it means to live green we contribute to healthier communities today and for future generations. Read about the ways in which we live sustainably here.
on Friday, March 03, 2017
Guest blog post by our Value-Added Partner, Aspen Clean.
"Your cell phone contains more bacteria than the toilet seat." is an oft-coined phrase designed to scare you into buying a bottle of disinfectant that guarantees to send 100% of germs into oblivion.
Not all bacteria is bad bacteria, though, and spraying every last household item with a bottle of chemical-based cleaning product to remove germs is a surefire way to toxify your home and negatively impact the health of both you and the planet.
That being said, there are five surprising places that dirt and germs can fester in your home:
We like to think of our bathtubs and showers as some of the cleaner spots in our home. It might be surprising, then, to learn that the bath is of the dirtiest. All kinds of germs fester on tubs, especially around the drain and knobs, and even in pipes. A recent study found that 81% of Whirlpool tubs contained fungi and 34% contained staphylococcus bacteria.
What’s the solution?
Spray and rinse the bathtub regularly using an all-natural cleaner. Be particularly vigilant if you’re using your tub for bathing and not just showering. For tough deposits of grime, try AspenClean's unique Superscrub Powder to make cleaning easier.
2. Salt & Pepper Shakers
Germs are nothing if not stubborn. Every night you eat dinner and wipe down the dining room table, you’re leaving behind germs in the one place so many of us forget to clean. The salt and pepper shakers might seem harmless enough, but they are one of the most common places for cold viruses and other germs to change hands. Multiple recent studies suggest a direct link between seasoning shakers and contracting a cold. Yet they remain one of least-cleaned and therefore dirtiest places in any home.
What’s the solution?
Wipe down your salt and pepper shakers every time you clean off the table. The only other solution is saying no when asked to pass the salt, but let's face it, we all like a little seasoning on our plates!
3. Remote Controls & Game Controllers
Another popular household item that the whole family touches on a daily bases is the TV remote. What’s more, it’s likely someone will use the remote while handling food such as pizza without utensils. This results in germs on the floor, on the table, in front of the television and in between couch cushions. Remotes quickly become greasy germ havens and, because they’re electronic, they don’t get cleaned as often as they should. The same rules apply for video game remotes as well!
What’s the solution?
A quick spray and wipe between the buttons on a weekly basis or every time you host a pizza party or have guests over. Just be careful not to use too much solution or you could damage the electronics inside. As an additional precaution, it’s also a good idea to wash your hands after using the remote, especially if you don’t know where it’s been!
4. Keyboard, Mouse & Tablets
Like your remote, the keyboard and mouse of your computer are often shared by multiple people. A family computer is used even more than the television in most homes, and is placed closer to your face and hands for longer periods of continual use. Sneezing, eating, drinking, coughing and more all take place in front of the computer, and those cracks between the keyboard and mouse are some of the grimiest places in your home.
What’s the solution?
Try using a very small amount of the All-In-One Concentrated Cleaner on a cue tip or microfiber cloth to clean in between the keyboard cracks. But before you do that, turn over your keyboard and shake to release any trapped particles of crumbs or dust. To clean grime off your computer’s screen, use some natural glass cleaner with a smooth microfiber cloth.
5. Kitchen Sink
The sink might seem like one of the cleaner places, especially since you use it to clean your dishes. However, bacteria and germs actually love the damp and moist surface. It’s amazing how often we just use our sinks for rinsing dishes, which leaves behind even more E. Coli bacteria and salmonella. These germs fester, and multiply off food particles left behind by cleaning and rinsing plates.
What’s the solution?
It’s crucial to keep your sink clean every day. Sanitize your sink with our Kitchen Cleaner, which is formulated to fight grease and kill bacteria without the use of bleach.
AspenClean is giving away an All Purpose Cleaning Set to one lucky winner!
This fantastic bundle includes a range of our all-natural, Ecocert certified cleaning products that contain zero chemicals, just pure organic essential oils. It's everything you need to clean all areas of your home.
• All Purpose Cleaner with Organic Essential Oils
• All Purpose Microfiber Cloth
• All-in-One Concentrate with Grapefruit & Lavender Oils
• SuperScrub Powder with Tea Tree and Lavender Oils
Visit the Aspen Clean contest page and enter your details to win! Contest ends March 6th, 2017!
on Friday, February 24, 2017
We all need to do our part to end bullying – in the home, at school, in the workplace, out in public and on the internet. The world can be a negative place sometimes, and it’s up to each of us to spread love, understanding and acceptance of others – especially to those who appear to be different.
Pink Shirt Day is a global movement that began by two incredible high school students in Nova Scotia. They organized a school protest when a fellow peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They protested the harassment by distributing pink t-shirts to all the boys in their school. This act of bravery and kindness has since evolved into a massive campaign to raise awareness of bullying and to encourage people to stand up against it.
Hollyburn Properties has participated in Pink Shirt Day for the past three years. We encourage our team to wear pink, share photos, spread love, raise awareness and encourage tolerance. We have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment and bullying and strive to maintain an environment that supports the dignity and self-esteem of our employees. These values transfer to our residents and into our apartment rental communities. We work hard to foster an inclusive and open environment where people of all ages, religions and orientations can feel safe, comfortable and cared for in their homes.
Net proceeds from the official Pink Shirt Day t-shirts, pins and buttons, as well as all donations, go to anti-bullying initiatives that directly help youth in need. Find out more about where donations go by clicking here.
on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Tax season is upon us, everyone’s *favourite* time of year… which is why we’re excited to introduce Hollyburn’s newest Value-Added Partner! The Taxback.com team are a group of global online tax refund specialists, which provide tax refunds from 13 different countries and are intent on saving you money and maximizing your return.
Filing 322,000 tax returns every year, Taxback has strong relationships with tax offices all over the world, and specialize in providing the highest legal tax refunds possible for their clients. Their refund service is ISO 9001 certified, and they are committed to providing high quality customer service and 100% compliance.
Hollyburn is proud to offer our residents an exclusive discount – 15% off of all Taxback services. Contact them today for a free refund estimate.