Tag Archives: environmentally conscious

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 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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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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Assigning Value to Trash

Assigning Value to Trash

Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 by .

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Occasionally I catch people browsing my recycling bins on the curb in search of aluminum cans. One such individual dressed in a business suit drove up to my recycling bins – and others on the block – to harvest cans.

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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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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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Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Shop Locally, Think Sustainably, and Manage Environmentally

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .

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These are mainly good times for property managers. The number of new residents needing rental housing is increasing, rents are rising, and vacancies are filling up. On top of that we learned today (11/10/11) that the average rate on 30-year fixed mortgages fell below 4 percent for just the second time in history. Freddie Mac said the rate on the 30-year fixed loan fell to 3.99 percent, down from 4 percent last week. Five weeks ago, it dropped to a record low of 3.94 percent, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Posted on 27. Jan, 2012 by .

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One of the perks of my last apartment in California was access to seven hens. Really, the perk had more to do with the eggs the chickens produced, but the thought of interacting with hens was strangely thrilling. I’d never been around them before and I was extremely curious. I imagined making my way to the coop with an egg basket tucked under my arm.

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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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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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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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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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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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$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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Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick

Posted on 07. Jul, 2011 by .

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After reading about Max the Labrador, I’m thinking about introducing a new twist to our family walks. Max, who was rescued by his family from Orphans of the Storm, has learned how to recycle alongside his human family members. He actually fetches recyclable trash and helps his humans collect an enormous volume of litter by week’s end.

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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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