The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-twentieth century is likely due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations. We at Flagship are dedicated to doing our part to reduce global warming and protect our environment through various measures ranging from recycling programs to energy efficiency savings. One of Flagship’s specific measures is our light bulb replacement program. To date we have replaced every in suite light bulb with highly efficient bulbs sourced to reduce energy usage. In the coming months Flagship will also have replaced all of our common area light fixtures with more energy efficient designs and models.
To date some Flagship properties have energy efficient Viessman boilers. These boilers reduce natural gas consumption and dramatically cut gases released into the environment. In the coming few years we plan on installing these boilers in most of our properties.
What can you do to help combat global warming? You may think you have no control but there are many things an apartment resident can do to help:
- Did you know that even when not in use, but plugged in, your computer and television use electricity? Buy a power bar and turn off the bar when the electronics are not in use.
- Get in the habit of washing your clothes in cold water. Most of the energy used to run a washing machine is used to heat the water, so using cold will dramatically reduce the energy consumption needed for washing. And, try not to over-dry your clothes. Not only does this ruin your clothes, but uses excessive power.
- Report any leaking taps to your building manager, they should come and fix them to conserve water.
- Defrost your frozen meats in the refrigerator. The cold given off during defrosting will help keep your appliance cold and therefore less energy is used in the operation of the refrigerator.
Do what you can to reduce your energy needs; every apartment resident and owner can make a difference.