With worries about climate change and pollution levels continuing to hit your news feed every day, many people are looking to “go green” a little more around the house. Those that own or manage apartment communities can help their residents as well as perspective residents find their apartment communities more attractive by adding some “green” features to them. Here are some of the top features that an eco-friendly apartment community will have.
1. Efficient Appliances and Faucets
Everyone needs to use their appliances regularly. Making those appliances eco-friendly and efficient will make the apartment more attractive to environmentally conscious residents. It will also help lower energy bills for apartment dwellers. Look for appliances that carry the Energy Star rating.
After installing the appliances, take a look at the faucets and shower heads. Low-flow options can reduce water use automatically, and modern low-flow shower heads and faucets still provide ample water pressure for resident comfort. This makes conserving water automatic every time the faucets or showers are used.
2. LEED Certification
Buildings that go above and beyond to be green can apply for green building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is an asset to the community, as eco-conscious people will look for this certification. Some will even pay more for an apartment that carries it.
3. Walkable Properties
“Walkability” refers to the ability to walk to amenities that the resident needs from the apartment community. While this isn’t something a building’s owner can add, those looking to build new apartment communities should consider proximity to shops, parks, public transit and restaurants. A community that is close enough to these amenities that the residents can walk to them has a high walkability score, and this is an asset to those looking to “go green.”
4. Recycling Services
An apartment community should offer not just trash service, but also recycling. When residents do not have to think about recycling, but can just do it automatically, they will feel more confident that they can live green in the apartment community. Build recycling into your resident services to make your apparent more eco-friendly.
5. Energy-Efficient Lighting
Lighting can drain your energy resources quite quickly. LED lighting in all of the light fixtures is a great way to do this. While residents will have control over the bulbs in their apartments, the common areas should sport energy efficient options. As an added bonus, these light bulbs last longer than incandescent or CFL options, and they provide instant-on lighting without the need to warm up. Making the switch will improve the aesthetics of the community’s common areas while also reducing electricity usage.
As you can see, making an apartment community “green” simply takes a little planning and implementation. Once these features are in place, you can market your property as a green living option, and you will quickly see new resident applications grow. This is something residents want, and when you can deliver it and market it you will find greater success.