Greener Properties

4 Ways To Make Your New Home More Eco-Friendly

4 Ways To Make Your New Home More Eco-Friendly

Posted on 19. Dec, 2013 by .

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Your new house might have a pretty big environmental footprint. Buildings, including homes, account for nearly 40 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Now that you own your home, you can plan remodeling and renovation projects to make your living space more environmentally conscious.

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What Americans Want In Apartment Landscaping

What Americans Want In Apartment Landscaping

Posted on 31. Jul, 2013 by .

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As you determine ways to make your apartment complex more appealing to tenants, you should pay attention to the latest trends when it comes to outdoor spaces. More specifically, take note of what the American Society of Landscape Architects found when they conducted their Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey for 2013. Then consider using these findings to your advantage as you work to improve your property.

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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Posted on 05. Oct, 2012 by .

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I’ve seen many discarded on the street, curbs or sticking out of dumpsters. And I’ve owned or used my fair share as well. Yes, I’m talking about mattresses.

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Energy Saving Ideas for Property Management

Energy Saving Ideas for Property Management

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Green is the thing! As more properties begin to implement green technology, it may be time to take an inventory of your properties and see where you can implement energy saving measures. While green technology is being implemented in corporations throughout the U.S., many of us have yet to do so.

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Carbon Offsets for Your Business

Carbon Offsets for Your Business

Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by .

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Carbon offsets can help individuals and organizations balance out their production of greenhouse gases generated by fossil fuel use with projects out in the world that reduce, eliminate or offset these same toxic gases. Projects tend to focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation.

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6 Green Ideas for Your Residents

6 Green Ideas for Your Residents

Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by .

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Property managers can find ways to green their offices and green their properties in order to attract ideal residents. After all, you want the kind of residents who will respect their interior and exterior environment, believe in a minimal impact way of life, and are likely to build a sense of community. These environmentally friendly folks may be looking for new ideas on going green.

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Window Treatments: A Green Investment

Window Treatments: A Green Investment

Posted on 16. Sep, 2011 by .

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It is good to prepare properties for the upcoming winter months and residents can learn simple tips to keeping their utility bills down this year. According to the US Department of Energy, properly selected and installed window coverings can save you up to 33% in heating and cooling costs.

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Turning Over a Green Leaf

Turning Over a Green Leaf

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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By taking steps to reduce the water and energy used by homes, management may be able to extend the life of existing systems, attract conscientious, green renters and increase operating income.

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Better Buildings Initiative

Better Buildings Initiative

Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by .

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Who knew there was a link between energy savings at your local property management office and job creation on a national level?

Yet President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative connects the two. According to the President, “[m]aking our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, combat pollution and create jobs right here in the United States of America.”

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Smoke Free Property Management

Smoke Free Property Management

Posted on 01. Apr, 2011 by .

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Since 2006 municipalities across the country have been passing smoke-free ordinances. Some may set rigid timetables while others allow a percentage of smoking units, but they all have the same ultimate goal. To prohibit smoking indoors.

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Best Practices for Tenants to Conserve Energy

Best Practices for Tenants to Conserve Energy

Posted on 09. Mar, 2011 by .

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Tenants are always looking for easy ways to conserve energy and save some money in the process. No one likes to put a large chunk of their paycheck towards outrageous energy bills that are once again on the rise nationwide. Management companies can easily provide their tenants with a list of things they can do to save both energy and money. Many of these things require little monetary investment, and tenants can see lowered utility bills almost immediately. Here are some suggestions that your tenants will appreciate.

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“Cool It” and Help Make Your Rental Properties “Green”

“Cool It” and Help Make Your Rental Properties “Green”

Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by .

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Most of us don’t know how much money we and our residents can save by transforming our cooling systems to be truly energy-savings. The good news is many steps you can take to cut our cooling costs whether you’re sticking with your current cooling systems or planning to buy a new, high efficiency one.

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Green Materials Go Mainstream

Green Materials Go Mainstream

Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by .

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Like cars, homes require repairs and maintenance to keep them safe, secure and comfortable for residents. Green materials help ensure that harmful chemicals are not unwittingly introduced into the household. As with any material, green materials must be durable, perform well and be cost effective. Along with these traits, green property managers also consider toxicity, resource efficiency, amount of virgin material required to produce the product, embodied energy, carbon footprint and ongoing maintenance requirements.

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Promising Plastics and Paints

Promising Plastics and Paints

Posted on 16. Dec, 2010 by .

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Market demand is an impressively powerful force, and it’s not always for the good of the planet. But in the case of a small thing like a paint roller tray or a less toxic paint, things are looking better. And so is my kitchen.

Sometimes it’s the small things that have the greatest impact.

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Stormwater Management: From Roof to Root

Stormwater Management: From Roof to Root

Posted on 09. Dec, 2010 by .

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With less than one-percent of the world’s water made up of fresh water, it has become imperative for property management professionals to take a greater hand in managing this most precious resource. Whether you live in the North or South, East or West, the basic process of stormwater management for independent rental operators includes collecting the water, sinking it or diverting it using a variety of methods including vegetation, permeable paving and cisterns.

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Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Deconstruction of Residential Real Estate

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by .

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If deconstruction is a new trend in the world of real estate development, you can expect re-use centers to be brimming with stock and plenty of opportunities for you to find just what you need at a very green price. I imagine that tracking and searching inventory will eventually become more sophisticated and easier to navigate as the demand for deconstruction increases.

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Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Apartment Communities Are Going Green

Posted on 29. Nov, 2010 by .

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Here are some bullet point tips to help you go green at your apartment community. These ideas only scratch the surface, but every little bit helps!

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Water and Energy: An Intimate Connection

Water and Energy: An Intimate Connection

Posted on 11. Nov, 2010 by .

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With over 30% of U.S counties projected to suffer severe water shortages by 2050, it seems prudent for independent rental owners and property managers to consider upgrades to fixtures and faucets to help ensure supplies well into the future. Reducing water consumption has the added benefit of lowering charges for sewage, electricity and other fuels used for pumping and heating the water.

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Cheap Tweaks to Attract Green Tenants

Cheap Tweaks to Attract Green Tenants

Posted on 13. Oct, 2010 by .

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Green-minded folks tend to have a mindful, tread-lightly approach to living in the world that doesn’t stop at the welcome mat. But don’t worry, you don’t have to add solar panels to your rooftop or a goat in the backyard to attract the right folks. Here are a few simple, inexpensive changes to consider when adding to your green arsenal.

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Does Green Property Management Pay Off?

Does Green Property Management Pay Off?

Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by .

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Even though we haven’t seen lots of mainstream media stories about the benefits of a “Green” approach to property management, the subject is “hot”. Well, maybe not as “hot” as a story about Geothermal Energy or how to install solar panels on your roof to create your own hot water. But the “Green and Clean” consciousness is actually growing more than ever.

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5 Tips to Landscaping Green

5 Tips to Landscaping Green

Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 by .

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Sure a new landscaping project has some associated up front costs, however making strategic environmentally friendly changes to your yard can help you save money long term. Different aspects of going green include energy conservation, using less water, and reducing environmental pollution.

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Green Pest Control in Property Management

Green Pest Control in Property Management

Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 by .

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One of the most toxic aspects of home and property maintenance involves pest control. This isn’t just about roaches, silverfish and ants either. In many areas of the country property managers and homeowners have to deal with rodents like rats and mice.

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“Reel” Conversations For Property Managers That Strike a Balance

“Reel” Conversations For Property Managers That Strike a Balance

Posted on 09. Jul, 2010 by .

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Steven, a teenager on my block, has only ever had two choices in my yard: The garage-sale score or the German-engineered model. Both are reel mowers and both are used every week in my yard—sometimes concurrently.

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Water Heater Under Wraps

Water Heater Under Wraps

Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by .

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A few weeks before my husband and I closed on our property, the home inspector we’d hired noted a strange noise coming from inside the hot water heater. We passed this information along to the then-owners, who insisted it was all a bunch of hullabaloo. A few days later, the heater gave out and they had to replace it.

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A Drop Saved Is A Drop Earned: Helping Residents Conserve Water Helps You

A Drop Saved Is A Drop Earned: Helping Residents Conserve Water Helps You

Posted on 06. Jun, 2010 by .

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Many people have heard of the term ‘peak oil’, but most are unfamiliar with a new concept called ‘peak water’. This refers to the practice of using more fresh water than the natural water cycle can provide. Peak water is currently resulting in fresh water shortages across the United States.

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