Home Owner Associations or HOAs are becoming more and more of a reality for many Americans. In fact, in 2008 there was a reported 300,800 association-governed communities. With about 71 percent of people polled in 2007 rating their overall HOA experience as positive, these associations aren’t going anywhere.
With these governing organizations becoming a larger part of our lives, making sure that it follows or adheres to our eco-concerns is just as important as making sure our own homes are up to environmental code.
If your HOA were to be evaluated for its level of eco-consciousness, how would it score? If you believe your community could be greener, take a look at our 8 Ways to get your HOA on the same page as your lifestyle.
1. Encourage Eco-Landscaping
A great start to greening your HOA is to take a look at the community’s landscaping. Green landscaping puts to use water-saving techniques, including irrigation systems and strategic plant selection to conserving water and reducing need for chemical fertilizers.
The U.S. EPA is a great resource for environmentally friendly landscaping. Many HOAs use drought-resistant and indigenous plants to create natural spillways or irrigation systems and also utilize sprinklers with timers and/or water-efficient spray heads.
2. Clean Up the Equipment
Now that your community’s landscaping is green, make sure those mowers are green too! Instead of gasoline-powered tools, encourage your HOA to use mowers and tools that run on cleaner fuel. According, to the EPA, gasoline-powered mowers are responsible for nearly 5 percent of our air pollution. Nontoxic propane mowers are a great alternative to gas-powered mowers.