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multifamilyLiving in a multifamily setting can be a great way to be resourceful.

In Portland, more and more property owners and managers are making multifamily living more attractive. Older buildings are being retrofitted with systems to lower costs and energy use, such as motion-sensor lighting and water-conserving irrigation in their landscapes. Newer housing opportunities sited close to public transit centers are a win-win solution for developers and residents who want transportation without having to use a car daily, or who want an alternative to biking. These choices benefit everyone and attract tenants who are interested in “greener” and more sustainable living choices.

By choosing to live in a multifamily community, you can decrease your carbon footprint and increase your sustainability. For instance, common walls between units allow for more efficient heating and often decrease individual usage and expense. Common spaces such as entrances, community rooms, patios and laundry areas result in more efficient use of water, heat, lighting and other amenities. In addition, these areas are great places to get to know your neighbors and share interests and resources. The time you don’t spend on maintenance can be spent relaxing and enjoying life.

Whether you “downsize” to a condominium, consider cohousing alternatives, or decide to try renting rather than paying a mortgage, multifamily housing can save you time, energy and money.

Are you currently a renter? Here are some energy-saving tips from Energy Trust of Oregon and garbage and recycling resources for multifamily properties.

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