5 Tips to Green Your New Apartment

With September 1st upon us, many people are busily packing up their belongings. It is easy to think of moving as a one-time process and dismiss it as inevitably wasteful. Besides, you only move once in a while, right? Wrong! The average American moves 11 times during their life, and an average move requires 60 boxes, along with all the other packaging supplies, gas, cleaning products, etc. To produce just those 60 boxes that get you from point A to point B, over half of one ton of a tree was sacrificed! And that’s only the start of your move’s carbon footprint.

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California apartment buildings are falling short on water conservation

This week, we released findings from a two-year study of water efficiency in California-based multifamily buildings. With the extreme California drought, conserving water is a high priority: Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency at the beginning of this year, and issued an Executive Order in April requiring a statewide water reduction of 25%. In the month of June, California exceeded that goal with a reduction of 27.3% compared to the same time frame in 2013. Our data, however, shows that the multifamily segment is falling far short of statewide results (and the Governor’s goal), reducing water use just 6%, on average, in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2013. A very dry May and June saw upwards of 10% savings, but still have a lot of catching up to do to match a 29% reduction reported statewide.

 

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Join WegoWise for our upcoming webinar series

With summer winding down and the back-to-school season upon us, what better way to make the most of this time than a series of educational webinars? We'll help you refresh your knowledge of the WegoWise platform, give you benchmarking tips, teach you about new HUD Utility Allowance guidelines, show some of our latest WegoWise Premium reports, and more? 

Join the WegoWise team, as well as special guest experts from New Ecology, to brush up on industry knowledge and platform expertise. Our bi-weekly webinar series covers a wide range of topics suitable for property managers, property owners, and WegoWise clients. 

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One Month Later: The Top 3 Reactions to Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change

There was quite a buzz, even in the secular world, when Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change was released mid-June. This type of publication from the Catholic Church was groundbreaking for two main reasons: 1) It’s the most dramatic statement made by the Catholic Church to date regarding climate change and, 2) It openly recognized that climate change is caused by humans.

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HUD Releases New Utility Allowance Guidelines

If you own or manage affordable housing, you’re probably wondering what the new utility allowance guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mean for you. Currently HUD has annual utility outlays exceeding $6 billion per year. These guidelines will aid HUD in exploring methods to decrease utility spending and property operating costs, as well as improve water and energy efficiency in multifamily affordable housing (most notably, project-based Section 8).

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Options for Monitoring Energy Usage

Excessive utility usage can often go unnoticed without an effective method for tracking. Tracking the energy and water usage in your multifamily building(s) is a good way to spot potential problems and it’s good for your bottom line! There are many ways a property manager or owner can track utility usage, each with different benefits and downsides. Some of the pros and cons of 4 different tracking methods are evaluated below.

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5 Reasons to Consider Grid-Tied Residential Solar

This is a guest post by Monica Gomez.

Grid-tied solar energy for residential homes is an easy, affordable, and clean way to generate energy from the sun to power a home. While the sun remains a constant figure in the sky, electricity bills seem to rise each year as buying electricity from the local electric company gets more and more expensive. With grid-tied solar energy, consumers pay a fixed rather than variable price for electricity. While this is reason enough to jump on board the solar wagon, here are five other interesting facts about grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar energy that you may not know.

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