Ways Property Managers Can Make Their Buildings Greener
We all know sustainability is good for the environment, but it comes with the added benefit of saving significant money over time. Changing your building or complex to a greener model also lets your residents know that you care about them, decreasing resident turnover. Here are a few ways property managers can make their buildings greener.
Create a Community Garden
Establishing a community garden in your complex is a great way to build, well, community! It encourages your residents to invest in the complex, making them more likely to stay when their leases run out and making your grounds even more attractive for new applicants. If you’re short on space, provide window boxes for your tenants so they can plant from home.
Install CFL Lights
CFL lights (or compact fluorescent lamps) use far less energy than incandescent bulbs, and they last up to ten times longer! Switching all the lights you can (common areas, hallways, and entryways) to CFL options will save you a lot of money on your energy bills.
There are a lot of ways to use less water in complexes and condominiums. Install low-flow showerheads in bathrooms, put low-flow aerators on faucets, swap out toilets for low-flow versions, and change your washing machines to Energy Star machines. Additionally, whenever you receive complaints of leaky pipes, have your team fix those quickly—one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year!
Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are an investment, no question about it. However, they can entirely nullify your energy bills. That’s right; solar energy can completely replace your need for the power grid (and you may even make money back by selling excess energy to the grid). Consider commercial solar installation for your building to help the planet and save lots of money.
Now that you know some ways property managers can make their buildings greener, take a look at your complex and see how you can benefit from increased sustainability.