Look, it’s a little difficult to actively care for the environment when you’re a property manager. As a person tied to a business you’re looking for cost-cutting measures and quick fixes rather than eco-friendly options. But listen—while it seems like deciding between light bulbs at the hardware store is a no-brainer (going for the cheaper, yet energy inefficient one?), those immediate lower costs can lead to higher costs in the long run. Who doesn’t want to save money on their monthly heat, electricity, and water bills? As it turns out, you can do just that all while making your properties more eco and energy friendly.
When most people think of making a place more eco-friendly they imagine a stark makeover: new air conditioning units, new lightbulbs, expensive sinks, and newfangled technologies. And by all means if you have the resources to provide those amenities all at once then go for it! But it doesn’t have to be so immediate. Start slow—stock up on energy efficient light bulbs for replacements. The next time plumbing needs repaired, think to buy the more efficient system. Rising heat costs in the winter, cooling costs in the summer? Invest in draft blockers for the bottoms of doors and windows. Small changes like this can reduce the amount of money you spend on utilities while also lessening your impact on the environment. Then, who knows? After you save enough money, start dishing out on fancier options like solar panels—that is, if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that gets enough sunshine (like good old South Florida).