Programmable Thermostats: Using the Internet to Save Money on Energy – Earth Day Part III

To honor Earth Day this year we have developed a three-part series to help you improve the energy efficiency of your furnished rental units. Remember, every little bit counts towards creating a better planet for us all. Did you know that you can use your home Internet network to do more than just surf the Web? By investing in a programmable Internet thermostat, you can control your property’s heating and air conditioning systems from a remote location. You can then configure your thermostat to match your activities so you save money on energy and help the environment too. Some...

“Cash for Caulkers” Promises Additional Savings – Earth Day Part II

To honor Earth Day this year we have developed a three-part series to help you improve the energy efficiency of your furnished rental units. Remember, every little bit counts towards creating a better planet for us all. The Obama administration is currently urging Congress to pass a program that will provide rebates of up to 50 percent for homeowners who complete energy-efficient home improvements. The proposed Homestar incentive program, nicknamed “Cash for Caulkers,” is similar to the recent Cash for Clunkers program that rewarded Americans for buying energy efficient automobiles. The Homestar program has a proposed budget of $6...

Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Rental Property – Earth Day Part I

To honor Earth Day this year we have developed a three-part series to help you improve the energy efficiency of your furnished rental units. Remember, every little bit counts towards creating a better planet for us all. When you’re the owner of a corporate rental property, you’re in a unique position in terms of the energy efficiency of your property.  Since your tenants don’t pay separately for utilities, you must absorb the cost of their energy usage. This means it pays to make sure that your rental property is as energy efficient as possible.  Money saved on energy costs...