Tag Archives: Conservation

Two Novices Take on the Attic

Two Novices Take on the Attic

Posted on 27. Sep, 2012 by .

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When the Energy Squad assessed my home for inefficiencies a while back, it was noted that my attic insulation was a little sparse. Since then, adding more insulation has been on my to-do list. During the course of a busy year, however, the task got pushed out.

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Increase Your Energy-Saving Awareness and Green Profits Will Follow

Increase Your Energy-Saving Awareness and Green Profits Will Follow

Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by .

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As Property Managers, we are often measured by how we get along with our clients and residents. More and more we are also judged by the example we set as the “stewards” of the buildings and grounds that compose the properties we manage.

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Rethinking the Toilet

Rethinking the Toilet

Posted on 26. Sep, 2011 by .

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Did you know the earliest form of today’s flush toilet first emerged in 1596? And while ordinary toilets today do what they are primarily designed to do – that is, flush waste away from wherever you are to a treatment plant far, far away – mainstream flush toilets haven’t undergone truly significant innovative retooling in quite some time. Meanwhile, they continue to flush about 4.8 billion gallons of water every single day in the U.S.

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The 21-Day Recycling Challenge

The 21-Day Recycling Challenge

Posted on 11. Aug, 2011 by .

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If your office or home environments don’t currently have a system for recycling, now is a fantastic time to develop one. Let’s start by conducting a little trash experiment. We’ll call it the 21-Day Challenge.

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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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Be Green and Save 80% on Your Energy Bills

Be Green and Save 80% on Your Energy Bills

Posted on 27. Apr, 2011 by .

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Imagine harnessing the underground temperature of Mother Earth to provide heating, cooling and hot water at amazingly high efficiencies. Today that dream has become a reality. The geothermal heat pump system is now available and introduces a new paradigm for heating and cooling.

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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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Getting a Handle on Stuff

Getting a Handle on Stuff

Posted on 23. Feb, 2011 by .

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Having too much stuff eats up our valuable time, because there’s more to organize, maintain, move, and store. As a result, what we have grows less useful as it wastes away in some forgotten corner—slowly becoming obsolete. The New York Times and other publications have been reporting of late about a new strategy to simplify our lives. All we have to do is whittle down what we own to 100 items or fewer (including toiletries). This is an exciting experiment to read about over morning coffee, but most folks would be hard-pressed to successfully pare down a household or office to 100 items.

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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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Watching Your E-Waste in the New Year

Watching Your E-Waste in the New Year

Posted on 19. Jan, 2011 by .

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We streamline our offices by using less paper, more energy-efficient light bulbs, and by carpooling to work. But do we ever consider the impact of the beasts of our heavy office lifting — computers, fax machines, and printers?

Here are a few strategies for softening the environmental impact of office hardware:

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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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Achieving the Triple Bottom Line Through Paperless Office Management

Achieving the Triple Bottom Line Through Paperless Office Management

Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 by .

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Until recently real estate transactions were dominated by the fact that written agreements were the only type of binding agreement according to federal law. With the exception of eviction notices, all other typical real property management functions can be performed online.

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8 Ways You Can Run a Greener Property Management Business

8 Ways You Can Run a Greener Property Management Business

Posted on 17. Aug, 2010 by .

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You have probably heard that being “green” is a valuable marketing tool for property managers to use in order to attract new business and retain residents. However, maybe you don’t know where to begin? Below are some specific things you can do to green your office and your properties that will help the environment while saving you money long term.

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Taking Stock of Impact: Is It Good for Business?

Taking Stock of Impact: Is It Good for Business?

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 by .

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If there’s anything good to come out of the devastating BP oil spill, it’s a renewed awareness and interest in the corporate decisions that directly impact our shared environment. Certainly more than a few BP execs are kicking themselves right now for grossly underestimating how an environmental catastrophe of this magnitude would impact their bottom line.

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6 Ideas to Green Your Property Management Office

6 Ideas to Green Your Property Management Office

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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2010 is rapidly becoming known as the ‘green year.’ While it’s relatively easy for property management companies to implement green changes throughout their properties, companies may want to consider more effective changes that begin right in the office.

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What Exactly Are We Conserving? A Deeper Look at Green

What Exactly Are We Conserving? A Deeper Look at Green

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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For lots of reasons, more and more people are becoming interested in the environment – some from an altruistic motivation, others from a purely economical or utilitarian perspective. However, the reality is that we, the people the-world-over, have wholly abused our local ecologies…

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