PKW SOCIAL: September 29th

What: Fall PKW Social Gathering

When: September 29, 2017 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Where: PKW Clubhouse 10353 SW Taylor Street

Who: You, your invited guests and neighbors

Why: Meet your neighbors and enjoy a Friday evening together

Dear Neighbors,

Please join us for a fun fall social hour.  The clubhouse will be open for a Friday night happy hour.  We are asking neighbors to donate unwanted items to the Assistance League.  It’s a great time to clear your unneeded items and donate to a great cause.  Please bring your unwanted men’s and women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, linens, dishes, and household items (no electronics).  Everything should be in good condition.

Come to the clubhouse with your donations and get your tax deductible receipt. We’ll have a neighborly social gathering and make it a party.  You’re encouraged to bring a beverage, snacks or hors d’oeuvre to share.

If you have items to donate but cannot attend, we can arrange another drop off time and location.  If you don’t have items to bring, come anyway for this community social event. The event is open to all PKW Residents and Guests.

For more information, contact Jane Ankney at mjankney@comcast.net

Assistance League is a 97 years old national women’s philanthropic organization.

The greater Portland chapter has a thrift & consignment store on 117th (just off Canyon) in Beaverton. The proceeds from the Consignment & Thrift stores fund our programs. The stores are run completely by member volunteers. The major program is Operation School Bell. This program provides NEW clothing for 1,800 K-5th grade students in the Beaverton & Hillsboro school districts. There are additional programs that provide new clothing for middle school & high school students in Beaverton & Hillsboro. Assistance League also donates new clothes to The Clothes Closet that benefits Portland high schools.

To learn more about the Assistance League, see Assistance League

 

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Heat Pump Water heaters

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To: Peterkort Woods homeowners

From: Dave Kresta, homeowner

I was asked to present at the August 14, 2017 annual HOA meeting on water heaters. You will find the presentation material attached.

PeterKort Water Heater Presentation

In addition to being a PKW homeowner for nearly 5 years, I have also worked at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for over 7 years. A considerable portion of my work there has included exploration of savings opportunities with water heating.

My goal is to provide PKW homeowners with information about new high efficiency options for water heating, and help pave the way for easier water heater replacements. Water heaters normally last 8 to 14 years so we can expect that many PKW units will need to have replacements sometime in the near to mid-future. I have personally heard about 3 replacements that have already occurred this year due to water heater failures.

Heat Pump Water heaters (HPWHs) are now widely available, saving an estimated $250/year on average versus old technology standard electric water heaters. With existing rebates and tax credits totaling $1200, HPWHs are an option to seriously consider. For those who want to install a tank that is larger than 55 gallons (most of the larger PKW units have 66-gallon tanks), new Federal regulations actually require installation of a HPWH. If your tank is smaller than 55 gallons, it is optional

Unfortunately, the plumbing industry is very slow moving, and many plumbers are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with HPWHs and therefore try to steer people away from them (or simply don’t mention them). This includes telling people with larger tanks that they must downsize to a smaller tank so that they can continue installing old technology. This not only costs the homeowner money in the long run, but with the rebates and incentives available, it can cost money in the short run.

The primary challenge in installing HPWHs is that they produce a small amount of condensate (water) which must be drained to the outside. I am working with the HOA Board to get this procedure pre-approved (it requires drilling through the exterior wall) so that individual homeowners do not experience delays in getting this approval. HPWHs also blow out cool, dry air. This does NOT need to be vented to the outside, and I personally find it a benefit in my garage.

I am also working with my employer to get a list of plumbers who have been to our community and are willing to provide competitive quotes for HPWH installation. This information will be disseminated when it is available, hopefully within 4 weeks.

If you would like to be alerted via email with updates on this subject, or if you have additional questions, please let me know at davekresta@gmail.com

 

Regards,

Dave Kresta

Chemicals used in Community

There has been some concerns raised recently regarding the use of chemicals in our community.  The HOA employs various vendors who apply herbicides, insecticides, moss treatments, etc.

For each chemical used, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is posted on TMG’s website.  I have also posted them on this site under the landscaping tab.

If you have any questions regarding the materials or methods used by any of our vendors, please contact TMG or send a message to this site and I will pass it along.