Energy Efficiency Practices
Passive Solar Energy
We install large energy-efficient windows wherever possible on walls with unobstructed southern exposures.
90% of our housing is conveniently located near Winona State Unbike1iversity and Bike2downtown. Winona is a very “bike friendly” town with bike-riding lanes throughout the city. We have bike racks available at most of our apartment buildings, and are adding more every year.
We caulk, seal and weatherize all cracks, joints and frames on a seasonal basis. Replacing regular incandescent lamps in common areas with compact fluorescent, LED, or long-life incandescent bulbs. Installing high-efficiency appliances in apartments and houses. All newer buildings and additions utilize high-efficiency closed cell insulation. Energy-efficient glass and replacement windows.
Sustainability Tips for Our Residents
Sustainability and Savings $$: Whether you choose to live in a house or apartment, we encourage you to remember to unplug devices when not in use, e.g. TVs, video games, cell phones, laptop chargers, etc.
Consider signing up for online for paperless billing and correspondences. It’ll save you the amount of documents you have to physically store, as well as numerous trees. Nearly all utility and service providers offer e-billing. Check your paper statements or visit their websites to find out more.
EarthKeep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets. These seemingly small drips and running water add up very quickly and waste tons of water. Did you know: A leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day! Notifying us right away of a leaking toilet or dripping faucet, so that our maintenance team can fix it can save a lot of water.
Also, consider taking shorter showers. The average shower uses 2 gallons of water per minute. Cutting even 1 minute off your shower per day can save up to 60 gallons of water per month.
If we all work together and do our part, we can help make the world a little better place!