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Improving Your Property’s Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Green_energy : green bulb as symbol of sustainable energy and nature protection Stock PhotoImproving your rental property’s energy efficiency not only helps the environment but it also saves you money in the long-run and makes you more appealing to younger and affluent tenants looking to find a a great rental property and make a positive impact at the same time.

To that end, here are three ways to make your property more energy efficient:

1. Let There Be Light
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy’s website, lighting accounts for the largest portion of a commercial or large residential building’s energy use, around 35%. That’s more than heating and cooling combined. Therefore, increasing energy efficiency in your building’s lighting can make a major impact in cost and energy use. You can engage in this project on a lot of different levels, from the basics of replacing all bulbs with energy efficient versions, to installing motion sensing light switches that shut off when not in use. Even a small change in the way you think about lighting in your rental property can make a significant difference. (more…)