Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 02. Nov, 2011 by Nora Betz.
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.
Posted on 16. Sep, 2011 by Nora Betz.
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.
Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.”
Posted on 01. Apr, 2011 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 09. Mar, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
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.
Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 26. Jan, 2011 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 16. Dec, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 09. Dec, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 11. Nov, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 13. Oct, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 03. Sep, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 by Nora Betz.
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.
Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
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.
Posted on 09. Jul, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 23. Jun, 2010 by Jennifer Marcus Newton.
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.
Posted on 06. Jun, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
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.
Posted on 11. May, 2010 by Kimberly Madrigal.
Water management districts across the United States are enacting mandates to encourage water conservation. Landscaping often accounts for up to 30% of a property’s water consumption, but with proper maintenance and planning a green property manager may be able to bring that percentage closer to zero.
Posted on 27. Apr, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
The smartest tip I can give to a green property manager is to let all your clients and everyone else know that you’re serious about being a green property manager. This sends the message that you care about the properties you manage and the residents that live there. It also tells the community that you run a first-rate property management business, and that’s an important message.