The phrase captures the word these days is “everything should go green.” The dictionary defines the green in relation to the environment:
“Green” – (made with the least damage to the environment, renewable resources, or the policy of promoting the protection of our environment.)
In community associations, individuals may have a positive impact on the environment, and in some cases, you can save money by going green. Imagine supporting a cleaner and more efficient community and be a manager for environmental health.
When we think green communities, we must look at the cost of making and keeping ourselves green.
You need the commitment of the Board and community members to make a work of the community green. All efforts were focused on Green Communities philosophy can make a difference in not only their community but also the world around you.
The management company of the community association must be committed to “Green Sustainable Communities” and has developed a system of paperless technology, which reduces the need for the more traditional role of communication for the electronic version. In the past, companies had property management drawers in file drawers containing the file after file of information that is important.
Today almost all of that information can be stored digitally and several filing cabinets full of information can be stored on the hard disk of a computer.
What does this mean to the community green? This means that you just saved reams of paper, printing ink, and the energy of the copier is used to print the document. In other words, every step we take to save the environment and consume less energy is contributing to a greener community, all adds up.
An example would be the Board has reduced the multiple pieces of paper used in creating packages for board meetings. In some cases, leading to 50 to 100 pages now may be only 8 pages. The rest should be available electronically and the Board has reviewed before the meeting or the manager can display the information in digital format. This method saves time, money and contributes to a green community. In many cases, you create a document and then reviewed by several people, but never printed.
Did you know? If you do not use a ton of paper saves 17 trees that, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, 7,000 gallons of water and 60 pounds of air pollutants.
It is possible that the meetings by phone or email, however you have to consider the availability of members and compliance with state laws governing electronic meetings. By holding electronic meetings, you can save the association time, money and volunteer board members more time with their families.
Paperless Technologies, along with the state of the art software for property management can enable a greener community. A board member can quickly look at the financial health, writing constraint violations and all major areas of management of the association from your computer without having to print a sheet of paper. In fact, Council members should have access to more digital information than ever. In this case, the information green means more information.
Community Green Energy Reduction and Recycling Plan
A community has the ability to assess and control a number of issues to have a positive impact by adopting a green philosophy.
Associations responsible for providing waste disposal contractor should select one that has a recycling plan. For years, almost all waste disposal companies have been using recycling techniques. Use this as an important component in the selection of a contractor and working with community members to use the recycling programs.
Did You Know? Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves 318 gallons of gasoline, or enough energy to run a refrigerator for a month.
Energy audit of an energy audit of their association. It’s simple to do. In reviewing most of the energy bills, you can see the historical consumption and consumption. Look at the possibilities of developing an energy plan for the association encourages members to use renewable energy or the inventory of energy consumption and develop an energy reduction plan. Invest in your community renewable energy sources. Increasing demand for renewable energy, energy industry moves to accommodate demand. The Board of Directors of the Association has the ability to shape the green communities and working with members must exercise that capacity.
Your management company should work with suppliers of power in communities regulated and deregulated for the best price available and work with power companies who are concerned about the environment. You should also work with them to conduct an energy audit to determine areas where you can save money and energy.
Each community is different and some are large consumers of energy than others. Here are a few areas of revision to the green community.
Exterior lighting: They are solar energy? If not, what is the cost of switching to solar energy? This would also help in the case of a power development. Are you using energy efficient light bulbs light?
Lights inside: are turned off when not in use? Consider switching circuit switches or motion timers. Are you using energy efficient light bulbs light?
Did you know? Every incandescent bulb that is replaced by a compact fluorescent light (CFL) can save up to 56 watts per hour.
Electronics: Electronics usually have a way of saving energy, but even so, they still consume electricity. Make sure the electronics are turned off when not in use.
Did you know? Monitors usually use about 80% of the energy used by a computer, so you can use that to calculate how much energy you save by turning off the monitor. For example, a team of 200 watts to 160 watts would be saving time by turning off the monitor.
Pools: Are the timers used for swimming pools and hot tubs, or left for the year is warm? Lights are energy efficient?
Did you know? By adjusting the thermostat in the winter or in summer to reduce CO2 emissions of 500 pounds per year for each grade.
Tennis: Is there light? Are they efficient? Could it be solar?
Recreation Indoor facilities: There is an air conditioning system? Is it energy efficient? Must it be changed to be more efficient? Is the system of regular maintenance? Lights are energy efficient?
Gates: power doors are usually easy to convert to solar energy and not very expensive. In the case of power outages in the long term, solar energy power doors can be very useful.
Park Bathrooms: Is energy efficient water heater? Lights are energy efficient? It is the efficient use of water could be reduced? These were just some of the steps a community can take to adopt a philosophy of community green. Communities need to be aware of their energy consumption, recycling opportunities and the steps they can take to be proactive in creating green communities.
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