ENERGY SAVING TIPS from your Property Management Team
How can we offer property management in Portland Oregon and not care about energy savings? (Obviously we can’t!). Property management gives us many opportunities, one is to share helpful eco-friendly ideas with our property owners and tenants. Even if you aren’t working on going green, these helpful hints will certainly affect the “green” in your wallet:
- Replace your home’s light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.
- Unplug electronics when they are not in use.
- Buy an LCD television instead of a plasma screen.
- Install heavy drapes and close them at night – confirm with property manager this is allowed.
- Adjust thermostats when home is empty .
- Turn off lights when rooms are not occupied.
- Set refrigerator temperature to 36-39 F – freezer 0-5 F.
- Turn off water while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Do not preheat your oven except for baking and cover pots/pans when cooking.
- In the summer, open windows and use a fan for air circulation instead of air conditioning.
- In the winter, turn down the thermostat 10 degrees at night and keep curtains open on the sunny side of your home during the day.
You have many choices in energy-efficient lighting. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, over their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.
Replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs can save you about $50 per year.
Keep your curtains or shades open to use daylight instead of turning on lights. For more privacy, use light-colored, loose-weave curtains to allow daylight into the room. Also, decorate with lighter colors that reflect daylight. Always check with property manager to see if your particular property allows this type of alteration.
Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
What are your energy savings tips?