Managing properties on a large scale entails a lot more than simply ensuring that tenants behave and pay their rent on time. You’re in charge of creating a community that can work cohesively, and live comfortably and happily as one group. To help instil a sense of community, of purpose and action, bring your tenants together through the use of projects. Environmental concerns increase daily, throwing up new problems from higher bills to unpredictable weather systems, so go green! Using your position as a facilities or property manager to help alleviate some symptoms of draining natural resources and running up high energy and gas bills, will not only put you in a shining, exemplary position, but pay off well for your residents.
Gas and energy
There are many avenues to explore when you begin to reduce your costs and your carbon footprint. These range from the simple, like turning lights off and installing energy saving light bulbs, to the technologically advanced. Cutting edge technologies are being welcomed onto the market at an increasing rate, so look around, and it’s likely you’ll be able to find something that suits your buildings and your budget. Companies such as http://www.benchmarkmgt.com have already begun to implement heat and energy saving methods into the properties they manage, saving around 20% to 30% of energy consumption every year.
Introducing a recycling scheme is a simple yet effective way to help make the transformation from an average set of properties, to an environmentally-friendly, green-minded community. Start off with the basics: paper, glass, and plastics, and once you’ve established this, you can move onto more specialist materials, such as electrical goods. It doesn’t have to stop with recycling bins either: if you have enough outdoor space, install compost bins and encourage residents to dispose of food waste in a more ethically-sound way.
Renewable materials and sustainable activity
Keeping costs down is always going to be at the forefront of your mind when running a property, regardless of its size and number of tenants. However, using renewable resources and sustainable materials will work out better in the long run: non-renewable materials will only ever increase in price as they become harder to get hold of. If you aren’t in charge of fittings and installations, offer bonuses and incentives for residents looking at buying energy-efficient, sustainable home products, to encourage more people to invest in eco-friendly items.
The most important part of any go-green campaign is educating your tenants. Don’t start making changes before highlighting problems, and asking for input on solutions. Getting more people involved will ensure a higher reaction rate, as well as helping to create a much stronger community bond: residents will be helping each other out to keep bills down, and doing something good for the wider surroundings. This doesn’t need to be anything formal: a few posters in communal areas, or a newsletter dropped through doors to explain the changes, and to ask for suggestions. Encourage people to get involved with benefits, discounts and incentives: although you aren’t asking for much, it’s always easier to get going when there’s a carrot dangling in front of you!
It takes time for new ideas and schemes to take off, but making small changes over time will ensure that rewards can be reaped in the future. Being green and making conscientious decisions about materials, energy use and education is the future – so make sure you’re on the right track.
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