It can be easy going green, and the long term benefits could include financial savings as well as ecological ones.
Encouraging green planting in and around buildings – especially creating green shade on balconies that receive a blast of western sun – can reduce the temperature by up to 6°C and make all the difference about whether or not to switch on the air-conditioning.
This month we’ll be looking at energy efficiency.
Think global, start local
You can make a point of different straight away by looking at your own lot and consider the energy and water saving options including:
One of the benefits of being part of a strata community is the opportunity to make improvements that will benefit the whole community.
Bulk utilities supply – It might be worth asking the body corporate/owner’s corporation to consider whether bulk utilities supply and energy on-selling is right for your community. There can be many benefits to on selling. Electricity on-selling can offer significant cost savings for both residents and the body corporate. Other utility services can be administered on a user pays system, which is typically a fairer and more equitable manner of charging for these services.
LED lighting and occupancy sensors – LED lights may have a more expensive on-cost, but they offer significant savings with the additional benefit of enhancing aesthetics and community safety. An occupancy sensor is a lighting control device that detects occupancy of a space by people and turns the lights on or off automatically, using infrared, ultrasonic or microwave technology.
Passive clothes drying – Using clothes dryers is expensive. Depending on your community’s particular circumstances, and subject to relevant by-laws, there may be the opportunity to offer a community clothes line or permit individual units to have clothes lines.
Electricity generation – Again, depending on circumstances, your community may be in a position to retro fit solar panels with a view to becoming energy self-sufficient.
Has your community made the move to energy efficiency? We’d love to hear from you and share your story here. Do contact your SSKB Community Manager.