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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Eco-Footprint

May 4, 2015 2:21 am

Poor air quality affects everyone, but some people are particularly sensitive to air pollutants, including adults and children who are active outdoors and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, according to the EPA. Poor air quality can be further compounded by smog, which forms from a variety of pollutant sources, including cars, trucks, motorcycles and buses, coal burning at electric generating stations, gasoline stations and print shops, and household products like paints and cleaners.

If you area is experiencing poor air quality, there are ways you can help reduce airborne pollution, including:
  • Using public transportation or walking whenever possible
  • Combining errands and car-pooling to reduce driving time and mileage
  • Using less electricity by turning air conditioning to a higher temperature setting and turning off lights, televisions and computers when they are not being used
  • Avoiding use of small gasoline-powered engines, such as lawn mowers, string trimmers, chain saws, power washers, air compressors and leaf blowers on unhealthy air days
Source: EPA.gov

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Over 65 Million Americans Live in Homeowner, Community Associations

May 4, 2015 2:21 am

According to a recent review by the Community Association Institute (CAI), an estimated 66.7 million Americans live in common-interest communities, including homeowners associations, condominium communities and cooperatives. Between 1970 and 2014, the number of community associations has swelled from 10,000 to 333,600, the CAI reports.

Homeowners associations account for 51 to 55 percent of the 333,600 associations, with condominiums representing 42 to 45 percent and cooperatives 3 to 4 percent. States with the most associations are Florida (47,100), California (43,300), Texas (19,400) and Illinois (18,150).

"Community associations are an increasingly vital segment of the U.S. housing market—and are increasingly desired by smart homebuyers," says CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas M. Skiba, CAE. "Not only do they provide options, alternatives, facilities and amenities that most Americans could not otherwise enjoy, they protect property values by preserving the nature and character of the communities."

The estimated value of homes in associations is $4.95 trillion. Associations collect an estimated $70 billion in assessments from their homeowners. Assessments fund association services, such as professional management, utilities and maintenance, and a wide variety of amenities, including pools, club houses and social events. About $22 billion of assessment dollars are contributed to association reserve funds for the repair, replacement and enhancement of common property.

An estimated 30 to 40 percent of associations are self-managed, meaning they do not employ a community manager or management company.

An estimated 2.3 million Americans serve on community association boards and committees at any one time. They perform an estimated 78 million hours of service annually; the value of their volunteer time is estimated at $1.6 billion.

Source: CAI

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