It may be hard to believe, but wintertime is upon us again! Is your multifamily property plagued by high heating bills during colder months?

Taking steps to prepare your property for cooler weather can help to greatly reduce utility costs! Check out our top tips for cold weather preparation below:

Tips for preparing the interior of your multifamily property:

  • It’s important to make sure that all windows and doors are sealed properly to prevent cold air from entering apartments. Install caulk, weather strip and door sweeps wherever necessary.
  • Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and replace batteries.
  • Replace screen doors and window screens with storm doors and storm windows.
  • Examine gas lines and valves for leaks.
  • Inspect electrical components, safety controls and ventilation systems for proper operation.

 Tips for preparing the exterior of your property:

  • Trim overgrown branches and electrical wires to prevent iced-over or wind-swept branches from causing property damage or power issues.
  • Remove any attached hoses and shut off exterior faucets. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves and sprinkler heads to protect against pipe bursts.
  • Inspect outdoor lighting around the property. Good illumination will help minimize the chance of accidents on icy walkways at night.
  • Check handrails on exterior stairs to make sure they’re well secured.
  • Make sure gutters and are properly fastened. Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least five feet to prevent flooding near the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.
  • Clean leaves and debris from courtyard and pool storm drains to prevent blockages.
  • Ensure all vents and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds and rodents from getting inside to nest in a warm place.

Consider utility submetering as a strategy for reducing heating costs

Residents with submetered apartments are more inclined to conserve energy during cooler months since the responsibility for electric and gas usage is placed in their hands. If your property’s unit mechanical configuration makes submetering impossible, consider implementing a ratio utility billing system formula. This system allocates usage to residents based on formulas derived from square footage and number of occupants, once again taking responsibility for rising heating costs out of the hands of property owners.

Interested in updating your multifamily or commercial property to cut costs this heating season? Contact us today by calling toll-free at 1-800-256-9826 or emailing info@waterwatchcorp.com.

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