Many people are incredibly conscious of the impact that they have on the environment. There are many good reasons to take a closer look at how your HOA is affecting the world around it. Minimizing your negative impact on the environment will not only strengthen relationships and help you feel good about your organization, but it can also save you a significant amount of money in the long run, freeing up your budget to spend money on items that enrich the community. Here are several ways that you can make your HOA more eco-friendly.
Provide Recycling Opportunities
Many residents in HOA communities desire to recycle, but not everyone is committed enough to take recycling to an off-site location. You can help out community members significantly by providing in-community recycling opportunities. You can get residents involved by educating them about recycling, enlisting their help to assist in getting the program started, and by getting their input on what type of recycling they need. Remember that you can always ask your HOA management company to help iron out the details of initiating a new recycling program.
Start a Community Garden
A community garden has unlimited benefits to a community. It beautifies unused land, brings residents together, and provides those with green thumbs a chance to be outside and create something that they can take pride in. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables that can be distributed throughout the community, eliminating the need to visit a store. Plus, planting more plants will give local animal life a chance to thrive, and will improve the overall quality of life in your area.
Find Ways to Reduce Water Use
One of the great ways to simultaneously help the environment and save yourself money is to find ways to save water. It is worth a little extra money at the beginning to invest in water saving technology such as smart sprinkler systems that can detect when it has rained, as well as rainwater capture technology. In addition, you can educate residents on water conservation, and even provide incentives. Consider offering a reward to the person who uses the least amount of water. Make it fun for your residents!
Stop Using Paper
Most of today’s residents are tech savvy, and are used to using technology to organize, plan, and research. One of the best things you can do as an HOA is to reduce the amount of paper that you are using. Board meeting agendas, newsletters, and announcements can all be distributed quickly via text or email. Always give your residents the ability to opt for digital versions of all of these items rather than physical copies. This will save you money in the long run, as well.
Invest in Solar Powered Light
Investing in solar powered light can be expensive at the beginning, but it can save you astounding amounts of money in the long-run. Once any type of solar lighting is in place, it immediately begins paying for itself. You can start small and replace one thing at a time, and you will be amazed at how quickly you can begin to save money.