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Green Up Your Property Management Company

Gone are the days when going green was a cutting-edge, leftist notion. With environmental issues at the forefront of the media, going green is now firmly in the mainstream, quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception. Even with all of these new, more eco-friendly options on the market, the truth of the matter is that completely greening your properties and your business in one fell swoop can be an expensive endeavor up-front (though most green measures will likely save you money in the long-run). Our suggestion? Take small measures over time that won’t break the bank in the short-run, will save you money in the long run, and will make you feel great about doing your part in the process.

Appliances
Installing energy-efficient appliances in your properties (dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) is a great way of incorporating greener, more energy-efficient elements into your properties. Not only will your property be more energy efficient by using less water and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions, but you can also cut down significantly on utility bills by using water and energy more efficiently.

Speaking of saving money, you can save some cash up front with energy efficient appliances as well. Rebates are often available for ENERGY STAR certified products, of which there are many. Not only do energy efficient appliances offer you the chance to be greener and save on utilities, but they’re also something that (sooner or later) you need to purchase anyway. You don’t have to break the bank by going out and buying new dishwashers for each and every one of your units all at once. Just take it one step at a time, replacing old appliances as necessary with new, more environmentally friendly versions. Over time, you’ll find yourself with a much greener property.

Green utilities
Many local utility companies are now offering green energy and electricity options; this means that the energy provided is from 100% renewable sources (such as wind). One of the great advantages to this green tactic is that it involves money you’ll be spending anyway (though green energy sources are sometimes a bit more expensive than their not-so-eco-friendly counterparts). You have to pay your utility bill every month anyway—why not feel good about it? For more information on availability and pricing in your location, take a look at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Network.

Cleaning products
Every little bit helps and it’s okay to start small. If you want to be more eco-friendly in the short-term, but are unable to make a significant investment, try taking small measures such as purchasing green versions of cleaners and other household products for use both on your properties and in your property management office. These days, green versions of common cleaning products can be found pretty much anywhere and include everything from glass to carpet cleaners. Click here for a categorized listing of just some of the eco-friendly cleaning products available on the market today.

Of course, there are many other ways to green up your act–the sky’s the limit! Be sure to check out this listing of rebates and incentives by state to see how you could be saving money and the environment by greening up your property.

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