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Livable's experts provide clear, detailed information on a variety of conservation and utility topics for housing providers and residents.

Housing Providers Must Know How To Address These Common Challenges

Posted by Livable Content Team on Aug 10, 2022 2:45:00 AM

Along with the benefits, managing a residential property comes with challenges and responsibilities. Read on for a handy guide to three of the most common problems Housing Providers face and how to handle them without alienating your Residents. 

Simple Ways To Save Water This Summer

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jul 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM

In summer, water usage can account for as much as 50% or more of your monthly utility bill, depending on where you live. Learning how to conserve water during the hottest months not only can save you money, but it’s good for the planet. It’s doubly important to think about ways to save on water this summer.

New Water Restrictions In Effect For Millions Across Southern California: Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jun 21, 2022 11:51:30 AM

More than 6 million Southern California residents will be affected by water restrictions which have taken effect on Wednesday, June 1. That means many of us will have to limit outdoor watering to one day a week. In L.A, it'll be two days a week.

7 Energy Saving Tips To Help You Save During The Summer Months

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jun 6, 2022 6:00:00 AM

In the last few years, the United States and Canada have experienced some of the hottest summers on record. The ten warmest years on record are 2019, 2016, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, and 1998. 

Maximize Your Multifamily Property’s NOI with Utility Billing Best Practices in 2023

Posted by Livable Content Team on May 18, 2022 8:32:08 AM

Utility cost recovery is critical to maximizing a multifamily property’s NOI. Non-payments (and late payments) impact cash flow and the homeowner or property manager’s ability to properly budget. 

4 Common Utility Billing Mistakes That Hurt Your Bottom Line

Posted by Livable Content Team on Apr 11, 2022 7:00:00 AM

In a world of softening rental markets and rising utilities, utility cost-recovery is essential to your bottom line!  Even a simple mistake in your billing system can end up costing thousands. Avoid these four common utility billing errors to keep your investments healthy.

Leasing: What A Property Manager Needs To Know About Rent Control

Posted by Livable Content Team on Mar 9, 2022 9:37:07 AM

Rent control refers to legislation restricting rental rates in a city or state. The maximum rent that can be charged for a unit and the amount that the rent can be increased per year varies per municipality. Cities use rent control laws to regulate the housing market.

Save Money On Utility Bills With This Internet-enabled device

Posted by Livable Content Team on Feb 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM

What is a Ratio Utility Billing System? (RUBS)

Simply put, RUBS divides utility bills among residents of a property based on predetermined criteria. A cost-effective solution for property owners to recoup expenditures while also proportionately sharing conservation responsibility with residents in a fair and acceptable manner. Beyond the financial benefits, conserving the Earth's natural resources is in our collective interest. 

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Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.