Going green is not only beneficial for the environment and the community, it can also cut back on expenses. There are many ways that homeowners and the entire HOA can be more proactive in conserving energy and water and reducing waste. Getting everyone on board and letting homeowners know how they can get involved and do their part can make a noticeable difference:
- Go paperless. Advances in technology have made it easier than ever to reduce paper waste. Set up a website where homeowners can go to find essential information and electronic copies of forms and important documents. Create an email database to make communication less costly. While it’s probably not realistic to go entirely paperless, cutting back can certainly save money and trees.
- Recyclables can take up a lot of room in the trash. Investing in recycling services can put these items to better use and help protect the environment. Educate homeowners about what can and cannot be recycled so they can make the most of these services.
- Install energy-efficient appliances. Encourage homeowners to select energy-efficient appliances for their homes which can save money and draw less electricity. Install motion-sensor lights and programmable thermostats to also cut back on unnecessary use, especially in common areas that may not be used all the time.
- Conserve water. Plant native plants and trees that are hardy and use less water while still creating a beautiful landscape. If watering is necessary, do so in the early morning or late evening hours to reduce evaporation and allow water to soak in.
Investing in more energy-efficient practices can lead to some upfront costs, but reduce expenses in the long run. Update homeowners on the difference these changes are making and provide tips and strategies for other ways they can help the community go green. When everyone works together, the benefits multiply.