Summertime is here, and that normally means higher utility bills and more electricity usage. This season is a significant opportunity to go green and lead your residents by example. Rather than standing by and assuming that each apartment unit will do their part, start a movement for everyone else to follow; the environment and your city will surely thank you.
Promote a Paperless Community
Stop wasting paper! Just about anything printed can be done electronically. Instead of mailing a bill to every tenant each month, email them, or set up an online system. Do you still accept rent checks? Opt for online payments only to help stop the usage of printed checks and envelopes. Do you print out and post flyers on every door? Email them instead. Paper is outdated, and if you stop using it in your community, others may do the same.
Start a Recycling Program
Does your community have a separate bin for recyclables? If you do not, try setting one up! The sad thing is, if recycling bins are not easily accessible, people just won’t do it. The easier you make it for your tenants to recycle, the more likely they are to follow through.
Switch to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Although you are most likely already using energy-efficient lightbulbs, make it a habit only to use them. Provide your maintenance crew with environmentally friendly bulbs and instruct them to either replace them all at once or switch them out as maintenance requests are placed.
Make Your Pool the Place to be
If residents are staying cool by the pool, they won’t be running their AC at home. Make your pool an inviting place while ensuring the maintenance of social distancing. When people are away from home, they are using less electricity as well!
Now that you know how easy it is to go green at your property, do your part to help the environment all summer long. Have any other on-site tips to help the environment? Share them with us in the comments below!