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7 Green Moves You Can Make on Your Investment Property

Feb 04, 2021 by Liz Brumer

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Improvement Cost Reasoning
Low-flow showerheads $8-$50 per showerhead The average family can save 2,700 gallons of water from going down the drain per year by using a low-flow showerhead, not to mention the energy savings from the water heater.
Programmable "smart" thermostat $20-$300 thermostat, no install A 7- to 10-degree reduction in heating and cooling can mean substantial savings, all while helping the environment.
Energy Star appliances Varies by appliance The energy savings varies by appliance and usage but can reduce energy consumption by around 15%. Plus, there are potential rebates after purchase for these appliances.
Swap lights out for LEDs $1-$15 per light bulb LED lighting can reduce energy usage by 75% while lasting 25 times longer than old incandescent bulbs.
Insulate doors and/or windows $128-$403 one-time installation You don't have to replace existing doors or windows completely, although that's a good option if you can do it. Weather stripping can also do wonders for keeping the air from creeping in.
Include recycling $5-$25 per month and bin Keeping unwanted items out of landfills makes a huge difference for greenhouse gas emissions and habitat destruction. It's also an easy value-added service for very little cost to you.
Go paperless No cost-$2 per unit per month Switch to digital lease documents, emailed notices, and start to accept transfers or other forms of payment rather than checks. Less paper means less deforestation.

Source: EPA, U.S. Department of Energy,, and

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