Tag Archives: Eco Friendly

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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Gas Prices and Electric Vehicles

Gas Prices and Electric Vehicles

Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by .

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While gas prices have leveled off in recent months, I think we can all agree that the days of cheap gas are over for good. As people continue to look for ways to save on gas costs, more and more are turning to electric vehicles.

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Paving the Way to Greener Projects

Paving the Way to Greener Projects

Posted on 12. Jun, 2012 by .

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Green isn’t a really a destination so much as a journey. When CFLs first hit the mainstream market, many folks scoffed at the higher cost, the funny shape and the inconvenience of special recycling.

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Save Paper in Your Property Management Office

Save Paper in Your Property Management Office

Posted on 11. Jan, 2012 by .

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As more property management companies become more environmentally conscious, property managers continue to search for more ways to go ‘green.’ One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce paper usage in your office.

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An Environmentally Responsible Move-Out List

An Environmentally Responsible Move-Out List

Posted on 29. Dec, 2011 by .

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You’re not the only one making wish lists this time of year. Here’s one for your residents to check twice to make sure their next move-out is environmentally responsible. Or, should a tenant leave you with a move-out mess, this handy list will help you navigate the detritus responsibly. Thank goodness for security deposits.

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Getting Personal about Public Transportation

Getting Personal about Public Transportation

Posted on 02. Dec, 2011 by .

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But no matter where you are in the world, local public transportation reduces carbon emissions for every person on board. It also reduces the number of personal vehicles on the road, thereby reducing traffic congestion. Over the course of a year, you can cut your own carbon emissions by nearly 5,000 pounds just by hopping on a bus rather than driving.

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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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The Aesthetics of Recycling

The Aesthetics of Recycling

Posted on 19. Oct, 2011 by .

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What comes to mind when you hear the word recycling? Do you ever think of anything more aesthetic than an iconic plastic recycling bin?

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Sustainable University 101

Sustainable University 101

Posted on 12. Oct, 2011 by .

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What do college campuses generate? Students. And what do students need? Rental housing.

This is certainly not news but what you might not know is that college and university campuses nationwide are implementing strategies to be more sustainable.

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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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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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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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Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Be a Hero with a Zero-Waste Event

Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 by .

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You’ve probably heard of zero-waste events before. You might have even attended one. They are just like regular events, except they produce exactly zero waste.

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Strong Resident, Strong Community

Strong Resident, Strong Community

Posted on 29. Jun, 2011 by .

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My neighbor Sage comes to mind when I think about an ideal tenant. First off, she’s reliable, responsible and stable. She’s lived in her apartment for nearly seven years. She treats her rented space with the utmost respect — just as if it were her own. She organizes efforts to clean up litter, create street art and plant flowers. I figure that her landlord certainly must know a thing or two about enticing high-quality, socially responsible tenants.

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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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Go Green with Video Tours?

Go Green with Video Tours?

Posted on 15. Jun, 2011 by .

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It’s no secret that shopping for a new place to live can take a lot of time, but do you know how much pollution it creates too? ‘On average, homebuyers see 15 properties before choosing one’ (HUD website)

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Going Green Is Not “All Or Nothing”

Going Green Is Not “All Or Nothing”

Posted on 08. Jun, 2011 by .

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Your green journey depends on many factors — job, family, hobbies, personal values, physical abilities and many more. In that way, eco-consciousness is more of a spectrum.

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Keeping it Clean with Green Cleaning Products

Keeping it Clean with Green Cleaning Products

Posted on 01. Jun, 2011 by .

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Today, many people are voting with their dollars and buying more green household cleaning products. Choosing green cleaners is a great way to go green at the property management office and in your home.

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Junk Mail: If the Name Fits

Junk Mail: If the Name Fits

Posted on 11. May, 2011 by .

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There was a time when posted mail was full of an alluring promise of adventure, good stories and friendship. But these days, most mail has been reduced to bills or junk mail. Postcards are few, handwritten letters even fewer. The anticipation of something great is still there, but when all you find is a circular for sale-priced beef at the local grocery store (and you happen to be vegetarian), there is a serious letdown (and evidence of a serious disconnect between marketer and consumer).

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How Do You Vet Prospects for Eco-Consciousness?

How Do You Vet Prospects for Eco-Consciousness?

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 by .

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First contact launches the screening process – green or otherwise – of potential tenants. Use this initial exchange, be it in person, by phone or via email, to highlight a few key green assets of your property. Even if the prospect isn’t entirely green-savvy, they will be put on notice that green principles rate high with you.

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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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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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GPM Electric Vehicle’s Charging into the Future

GPM Electric Vehicle’s Charging into the Future

Posted on 16. Feb, 2011 by .

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The future is here when it comes to electric vehicles or EVs with several models now available to consumers. As gas prices continue their inexorable rise, property management professionals will have to contend with the demands of these new EV owners. The most obvious demand will be a need to access charging infrastructure; in other words, a place to plug in.

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Become a Destination for Earth Advocates

Become a Destination for Earth Advocates

Posted on 09. Feb, 2011 by .

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Making your office a destination for eco-conscious folks will bring more green traffic your way, start a green dialog with prospective tenants, and add value to current tenant relationships. Your efforts will prove invaluable in nurturing a long and fulfilling relationship with eco-conscious tenants — and the planet.

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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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