Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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condo owner • S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 16 and convenient pickup/drop off and clean- ing of the bins to encourage restaurants to participate. More than 650,000 oyster shells have already been collected from participating restaurants. The Original Oyster House and its partner restaurants along the Mobile Bay Causeway were among the first to sign-up for partici- pation. The Alabama Marine Resources Division plans to cure and or season the shells for six months and an advisory committee will ensure all shells are recycled where needed most. Orange Beach Begins Second Phase of Seawall Project at Perdido Pass Construction on the second phase of the Perdido Pass seawall is underway, according to the City of Orange Beach. Last year the city completed the first phase of seawall restoration, quickly drawing the public back to the popular fishing spot since the area was closed in 2012. Phase II continues the $220,000 project and will include palm trees, boardwalks and railing under the bridge. The seawall project is projected to be completed by the end of April and reopened to the public. Parrotheads Unite! Jimmy Buffett Returns to The Wharf June 6 Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band returns to The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach June 6 at 8 p.m. on his "I Don't Know" tour. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or at The Wharf Box Office. In addition to the "I Don't Know" tour, a Jimmy Buffett-inspired musical, 'Escape to Margarita- ville,' moves to New Orleans' Saenger Theatre from October 20 through 28 and will feature classic hits from the music legend. For ticket information, visit n headlines Coastal Green Air has created a one- of-a-kind thermostat that was designed specifically to help vacation rental property owners save money on heating and cooling costs. The new iPachie thermostat is part of the company's Autonomous Energy Saving Appliance, which can control numerous energy-using products in a home or condo based on occupancy. "The iPachie thermo- stat makes all of the decisions about oc- cupancy and energy for the system," said Coastal Green Air Engineer Clay Stowers. "It's the brains behind the system." The revolutionary iPachie is able to monitor motion and door openings and then send signals accordingly thanks to its built-in motion detector and transceiver, which allows it to receive information from detectors, such as the door monitors, and then send signals out to other parts of the system. And unlike previous versions the company created, the iPachie requires no extra wiring, so it can easily be hooked up like any other thermostat. Once installed, the property owner creates a password for the system—so guests can't change the settings—and the iPachie takes control of the property's heating and cooling system's settings. For example, it will automatically shut down the heating and cooling unit if outside doors are left open for approximately two minutes. Once the doors are closed, the iPachie will allow for the units to begin functioning again. "We call it advanced occupancy detection," said Stowers. "The thermostat knows if the unit is occupied or not based on the door monitors and detected motion. And let's face it: this is a common problem for own- ers because renters frequently leave doors open, which means the air conditioner is constantly running." While owners can input their own settings, Coastal Green Air has suggested settings that have been tested to provide optimum heating and cooling settings to please guests while also protecting the owner from ridiculously high energy bills. "Owners can typically save about 30 percent on their electric bill with the system," added Stowers. In addition to energy savings, the system also protects owners because it's making sure doors are closed, which helps prevent mold and mildew by keeping moisture out, as well as protecting the air conditioning unit from freezing. But the system does much more than control the heating and cooling. Other monitors can be added to the system to control products such as the water heater, light switches, ceiling fans, and plug-ins. So, for example, the iPachie can make sure the water is turned off properly in a condo unit to prevent flooding. "With this system, it's a completely automatic process, so owners don't have to worry about settings on monitored products once it's installed," Stowers said. "At the same time, it's provid- ing energy cost savings, whether a guest is on property or it's unoccupied. It makes life easier for owners." n Tech Tools For more information, visit iPachie

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