Spring and summer provide unique challenges for HOAs when it comes to spending and saving money. As the days become warmer, residents and employees alike will begin running their air conditioners at all hours of the day and night, and lawns and gardens will need constant watering to keep them healthy.
In order to save your HOA money during the warmer months, you will need to invest in long-term energy saving solutions, and use creative problem solving. Here are some of the best ways that you can save your HOA both energy and money during the spring and summer.
Invest in LED Lights
There are so many benefits to LED lighting in homes and businesses. Traditional lights waste a good portion of their energy on heat instead of light, not only using up more energy than is necessary, but also adding to the problem of summer heat and requiring even more energy to be used in air conditioning. LED lighting also lasts for years, eliminating the need to replace them continuously. Replacing regular lights with LED lighting will save you money during the summer, and year round.
Consider Solar Options
Upgrading to solar can cost a lot at the beginning, but will save you money for years to come. Solar can be used in a lot of different ways, from outdoor solar lighting to solar pool heating. Even small installations can pay off big. If your HOA has been considering solar, now is the time to make the change.
Use Foliage to Save Money
One way to save money during the warmer months is to plant trees and other plants that can help to shield homes from direct sunlight. Creating this natural barrier between residences and the sun will not only save on cooling costs, it will add natural beauty to the properties.
Improve the Energy Efficiency of Homes
If you are looking to remodel homes this summer, consider improving them in such a way that you can save energy in the future. Consider installing cool roofs, which reflect the heat of the sun and keep homes cooler, and check the insulation of homes to be sure that the cool air is not escaping.
Perform an Energy Audit
Energy audits can be a helpful way for your HOA to determine where you could be saving more energy and money. A professional audit can provide lots of helpful information such as where insulation could be improved, how weather patterns in your area effect energy use, and strategies for using less water.
Update your Sprinkler System
If you are looking for an upgrade to your sprinkler systems, it is important to take the time to do it right. Hire a professional who has good reviews and who specializes in improving water use. It is important for the specialist to visit the property to take into account the uniqueness of the property. It is a good idea to install a system that uses smart technology to determine rainfall and other factors.
Saving money this spring and summer in your HOA can be easy if you follow these simple steps.