Home Properties is committed to caring for the environment in our apartments, townhomes, and offices. Here are some ways in which we are making a difference for the environment:
- We are in the process of replacing incandescent lights with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs wherever it’s possible and practical.
- Water-saving toilets, showerheads, and faucet attachments have been installed in the majority of our apartments and townhomes.
- Many of the appliances in our apartments and townhomes are Energy Star® compliant.
- Recycling programs are in place for our residents at the majority of our communities, and we are implementing recycling programs at many of the remaining locations.
- Home Properties has partnered with a third-party to recycle many of the items that our communities use on a regular basis, such as batteries, thermostats, electronics, and fluorescent lamps & light bulbs.
- All of our marketing materials are printed on recycled paper, and are, of course, recyclable.
- We encourage our employees and residents to use public transportation whenever possible, and the vast majority of our apartment communities are located near public transportation.
- Through utilities sub-metering programs at our communities, we provide the opportunity to reduce energy consumption by 10-30%.
- The communities that we are developing & building are constructed with energy-efficiency as a top priority, and follow the standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- We encourage our residents to pay their rent online, and place service requests electronically, to save paper.
We offer these suggestions for conserving water and energy in a Home Properties apartment or townhome:
Heating & Cooling
- In the winter, open drapes/blinds during the day to let the sun in. At night, close them to keep the heat in.
- In the summer, close drapes/blinds to block the sun and heat.
- Where available, use the “Auto” setting on your thermostat, rather than “Fan On,” so the fan only runs when needed.
- Replace standard bulbs in your lamps with compact fluorescent bulbs–they last longer and use less energy.
- Position lamps so you do not need to light the entire room for specific tasks. For example, place a reading lamp next to your chair.
- Use timers to control lighting, and turn off the lights when you leave the room.
In the Kitchen
- Never thaw foods under running water; to thaw quickly, use the microwave.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher, and use the “Air Dry/Energy Saver” option if available.
- If you have a faucet that drips or a toilet that runs, call the office so our service team can repair it.
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water, and only wash full loads, or use the water level adjustments on your machine.