As the demand for sustainable corporate and consumer solutions continues to grow, companies have increased pressure to be more environmentally conscious in their practices, while helping everyone live more sustainably. But making your residential property green doesn’t have to be daunting. Green communities save money by reducing property utility bills and offering a valuable leg-up for attracting the next generation of renters. It’s just a matter of taking simple, tangible steps toward more-sustainable business practices.
Cut Down on Paper Communication
Reducing the amount of paper used in your community is an easy way to be more sustainable. Start early by digitally collecting applications and screening prospects with features like Apply Now. Avoid printouts for announcements, payment reminders, and marketing flyers for current tenants. Instead, utilize electronic notifications like email, text messaging, and online chats to communicate with staff and residents and reduce paper waste. Encourage residents to use online sign ups or create Facebook groups to communicate directly with each other. If paper reminders are required, ensure both staff and tenants can access recycling containers to dispose of the documents in an eco-friendly way.
Simple Fixes Can Save Money
Stay ahead of building updates that might be costing you money, like poorly sealed windows or doors, leaky faucets, and clogged heater and air conditioner filters that could be preventing your HVAC units from running as efficiently as possible. Share simple tips with your renters, including the benefits of unplugging unused devices and washing clothes in cold water so they can be empowered to make better decisions. You could even offer an incentive to residents who consistently consume less energy in the form of a gift card or community perk to encourage low energy use.
Create A Space to Compost
On average, a typical household produces around 650 lbs. of organic trash a year. By composting, that waste can be removed from landfills and repurposed into free fertilizer for houseplants and gardens. Section a corner of your property and install a compost bin and provide containers to tenants to collect compostable materials in their induvial units. If an on-site compost station isn’t an option, consider working with a local group to collect your building’s organic waste. To learn more about establishing a garden at your property where this fresh fertilizer can be used, read our blog post Grow your community with Gardening.
Many renters consider sustainability a priority when looking for housing, and offering green rental solutions will only become more pressing in the future. By taking steps today to make your property a little greener, you’ll illustrate your commitment to sustainability, save money, and create a better, cleaner property.