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Make RUBS Part of Your Long-term Financial Investment Health Strategy

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jan 29, 2023 7:48:00 AM

AdobeStock_399081787With utility costs continuing to climb while rents and unit demand are dropping, the best way to  improve your bottom line is to implement a ratio utility billing system (RUBS), an inexpensive and easy way to make tenants financially responsible for their usage and incentivize conservation. 

Explore More Energy Savings News in the Inflation Reduction Act

Posted by Livable Content Team on Oct 3, 2022 1:57:28 PM

Last month, we told you about the great investment incentive tax credits the Inflation Reduction Act offers investment owners of rental properties. Before the IRA was passed, those tax credits were only offered to homeowners who lived in the property they upgraded with solar, wind or other renewable energy. It's a huge new benefit for Housing Providers! But the IRA, the single largest government investment in clean energy, goes much further to promote the widespread use of renewable energy, electric vehicles and other tactics to conserve our natural resources. 

The Inflation Reduction Act & Renewable Energy: How Much Can You Save?

Posted by Livable Content Team on Sep 8, 2022 8:47:33 PM

The Inflation Reduction Act, also known as the IRA, includes great news for multifamily housing providers! While residential tax credits were available to homeowners who installed solar panels or invested in other forms of renewable energy, rental property owners were excluded from those credits unless the owner lived onsite. The IRA now offers investment Housing Providers the same credits – up to 30% of the price! – that owners who occupy housing have been able to take advantage of for years.

Confronting Climate Change

Posted by Livable Content Team on Aug 1, 2019 11:30:00 AM

At Livable, our livelihood is power and utilities, so, of course, we are big on how conservation and the wise use of our resources can counteract worrisome trends such as climate change. This global phenomenon has already impacted us in California with the now-continuous threat of drought and wildfires and will only get worse if we don’t make energy conservation a priority. 

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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.