With winter in full swing and the pandemic still impacting social activities, you probably spend a lot of your days curled up on the couch with the fireplace roaring and your Netflix queue keeping you company. Or maybe reading with a hot cup of tea is more your style.
In any case, if you’re lucky enough to kick back and ride out quarantine, that’s great! But more time at home might translate into higher power bills this winter. The same goes for the tenants in the properties you manage. How are you helping them conserve energy? Below are a few tips on how to do just that.
Do some fine-tuning
The furnaces and boilers on your properties will be working overtime in the next few months, if they’re not already. Cleaning them, as well as completing any overdue or necessary maintenance, will keep them at top efficiency throughout the season.
How low can you go?
Do you really need all the heat and light that your properties are currently supplying in the winter? Keeping indoor spaces warm and well-lit can really take a bite out your association’s budget, so look for ways to reduce heat and light use in common areas. Examine occupancy patterns, and keep thermostats and bulbs turned down as needed.
Audit your energy
It’s hard to cut down on your winter energy use if you don’t know where it’s going in the first place. If you’ve taken the obvious steps above (such as fine-tuning furnaces and boilers and then working to reduce energy needs in unused areas), an “energy audit” of your properties by your local utility company may find other ways you can cut back.