Tag Archives: Energy Efficient

The Benefits Of Going Green

The Benefits Of Going Green

Posted on 22. May, 2013 by .

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Today, a record number of property management companies are experiencing the benefits of going green. The Green Property Management Course, offered by The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is designed to provide property managers with the training required to obtain the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM).

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Citywide Sustainability Is Smart Thinking

Citywide Sustainability Is Smart Thinking

Posted on 05. Dec, 2012 by .

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Think it’s hard to modify your own behavior? Imagine reinventing a tired river town into a sustainable modern city.

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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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How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

How to Make Spring Cleaning Easier

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by .

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Spring is in full force across the country. Meanwhile, property managers have been busy preparing their properties for warm weather. Landscapes are being aerated, dead tree limbs removed, and flowers planted everywhere you look.

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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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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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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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$3 Billion Power Drain

$3 Billion Power Drain

Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by .

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$3 billion in electricity. That’s how much energy set-top boxes – the ubiquitous household device that liaisons between signal and television – consume in the United States per year. Even more shocking is that 66 percent of that energy (about $2 billion worth) is used when no one is even around to enjoy the actual televisions set-top boxes enable.

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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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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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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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Let the Sun Shine In with Solar Leasing and Power Purchase Agreements

Let the Sun Shine In with Solar Leasing and Power Purchase Agreements

Posted on 02. Mar, 2011 by .

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Everyone would like to get their electricity from a clean energy source but cost can be a prohibitive factor, particularly for rental properties. Two ideas that may merit further investigation are power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leasing of solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment.

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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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“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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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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Save Energy by Marketing Properties to Local Employees

Save Energy by Marketing Properties to Local Employees

Posted on 12. Jan, 2011 by .

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Buildings account for approximately 30% of all energy used in the United States. While this may seem like an astounding number, consider that transportation to and from home and work can consume an equal and more often greater amount of energy. As a real estate and property management professional, there are several ways to decrease this load by attracting local employees to your rentals and altering office practices to encourage greater sustainability.

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A Bright Post-Holiday Idea

A Bright Post-Holiday Idea

Posted on 05. Jan, 2011 by .

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This season, I was eager to explore the intricacies of holiday light recycling after reading about a local program in Minnesota.

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Green New Year’s Resolutions

Green New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on 29. Dec, 2010 by .

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New years eve is almost here and it’s time for the annual and ever-so-important “new years resolutions.” When thinking of ways to improve your property management business, so many things come to mind like acquiring new owners, investing in web-based property management software, putting a smile on your face Monday morning, shedding a couple of […]

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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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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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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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Why Go Green In Property Management

Why Go Green In Property Management

Posted on 26. Aug, 2010 by .

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According to my friends out there who manage single-family rentals, vacancies are high, rents are dropping and it’s tough to find qualified applicants. Gaining an advantage in this atmosphere is more important than ever and going green may be just what the doctor ordered.

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