Proponents of conservation ask people to turn the lens on themselves to understand the impacts each of us has on our environment. Many little things we do throughout the day help reduce use and strain on resources — turning off lights, unplugging electronics, choosing to recycle, using technology to manage irrigation on your properties. And little things add up to big things.
Keep these tips in mind as you ponder ways you can make a difference:
Saving water saves energy (and more!)
We’ve mentioned in previous blogs the inextricable tie between water conservation and energy. The less water you use, the less energy goes toward treating it, heating it and pumping it. And the less energy used for these processes, the less air pollution is generated. This circles back around to protecting the health of all of our natural resources, not just on our property but also regionally, nationally and globally.
Review Your Company’s Conservation Plan
Training and educating staff on ways to conserve energy should be a mandatory. If you don’t have an existing conservation plan that is active, now is the time to start brainstorming. Call your team together to come up with ways they have personally incorporated such approaches into their lifestyle, or study the tactics embraced by a business you admire. Earth911 shares these eight ideas businesses can use to “build a culture of conservation:”
1 – Provide Filtered Water Common Areas. No more individual plastic water bottles in the trash! Definitely include recycle bins for plastic, just in case. Consider providing each employee with a company glass when they’re hired to encourage use.
2 – Encourage Electronic Communication in Lieu of Printed Materials. Can it be said in an email or text? If yes, err on the side of using technology to get your point across.
3 – Choose Your Lightbulbs Wisely. Some are more energy efficient than others. As the consumer, the ones you choose will help determine which ones are produced. Use the power of the purchase!
4 - Embrace the Telecommute. COVID-19 showed us that WFH (work from home) is not only possible, it’s often preferable. Limit office work to essential workers and tasks. This will help cut your overhead on utilities, saving you money and energy at the same time.
5 – Get Some Plants. Bring a bit of the outdoors in. Plants are aesthetically pleasing and mutually beneficial for our breathing.
6 – Power Down. Though there’s been debate about this in the past, it is a good rule of thumb to power off your electronics while not in use.
7 – Make Recycling Bins Accessible. If people can’t find them, they can’t use them.
8 – Reduce Travel. Another lesson learned from COVID-19 – we have lots of ways to communicate virtually. No need to jet set or drive when you can hop on a video platform and connect with people near and far.
Get Residents Involved (Property Managers – this one is for you!)
Be sure all residents are aware of the existing policy, including any recycling do’s and don’ts, conservation tips and ongoing regulations related to yard or lawn maintenance. Some property managers choose to leave residents in the dark about these things. But a solid partnership and commitment by those that live on the property is really the only way a plan turns into action. Consider having residents or neighborhoods create an energy committee to keep communication open and encourage participation in green living.
Put systems in place
Instead of constantly monitoring individual sprinklers, let Smart Rain’s cutting-edge irrigation system save you millions of gallons of water, just like it’s done for other properties. Contact us today to see how!