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Green Living at Abberly West Ashley Apartments in Charleston, SC

Abberly West Ashley Apartments in Charleston, SCHHHunt has been a responsible developer, builder and manager of homes for over 40 years. As a diversified real estate organization in five states,we feel that it is imperative that HHHunt not only provide well-built homes for our residents and customers but also act as a leader in Green initiatives in our market areas.

As a full service development company HHHunt has made every effort to adapt to the environment in which we build. All new communities developed by HHHunt save as many well-established trees as possible and upon completion will exceed local standards for the size and number of trees re-planted within the community.  HHHunt strives to exceed government standards for energy efficiency and water conservation during the development process and beyond.

It is through these efforts, and the many other small things that we do, that we are able to provide environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible communities for our residents. HHHunt encourages you, our residents and customers, to join us in our efforts to sustain our environment and to learn more about how you can Live Green at HHHunt.

Recycling

Recycling is the most well-established and commonly practiced approach to environmental or Green Living. Massive government campaigns promoted the benefits of recycling beginning during World War II and corporate America began to recognize and promote the benefits of recycling in the late 1960’s due to rising energy costs.

The benefits of recycling are two-fold - recycling reduces the amount of waste in landfills and by recycling we are able to provide a large, sustained supply of recyclable materials to manufacturers.

By utilizing recycled materials as a base for new products rather than using all new materials, manufacturers can save up to 95% of the energy required for production and lower the costs of goods to the consumer.

To ensure that an adequate supply of recyclables are available (and to protect the environment!) HHHunt encourages our residents to recycle common household materials such as:

    1. Aluminum Cans
    2. Glass Bottles
    3. Paper (newspaper, cardboard, etc…)
    4. Plastics (bottles, bags, etc…)
    5. Steel and Tin Cans

Many HHHunt communities have on-site recycling bins for these common household items and local municipalities have established neighborhood recycling centers. These city or county neighborhood centers also accept a wide variety of recyclables such as electronics, batteries, paint and appliances.

To obtain more information about recycling in general or to find a neighborhood recycling center in your area, please visit www.earth911.org/recycling

Saving Energy

Reducing energy consumption not only helps the environment but it saves you money! By making small adjustments within your home, you can drastically reduce your energy bill and feel great about living Green.
There are many, well publicized, ways to conserve energy – turn off the lights when you are not in the room, turn down the temperature on your hot water heater and make sure that windows and doors are sealed, just to name a few.
HHHunt wants you to know of some other, less publicized, ways to reduce energy use in your home, courtesy of Ladies Home Journal and www.energyhawk.com. Enjoy!!
  • Keep blinds open during the day in winter and closed in the summer – this will assist in heating and cooling your home.
  • Use a hard drive or USB flash drive to store information instead of printing each document.
  • Use exhaust fans to remove hot, humid air when cooking in the kitchen or taking a shower/bath in the bathroom.
  • Use the cold water temperature on the washing machine (there are some great detergents out now!).
  • Use a nightlight in hallways rather than turning on the overhead light.
  • Use the correct size of pot or pan to cook and place it on the burner that it fits on best. Make sure the pot/pan is not warped on the bottom since it will take more energy to heat the contents.
  • Use glass or ceramic cookware in the oven – you can lower the temperature up to 25°.
  • Leave hot food out to cool (not more than 30 minutes) before putting in the refrigerator. If a container is too hot it will cause the temperature in the fridge to rise unnecessarily.
  • Once an item is charged fully (hand-held vacuum, phone, etc…) unplug the power cord from the wall.
Obviously, any tip for saving energy is a good one and many more tips can be found at:
HHHunt understands that energy efficiency begins with a thoughtful design and a well-built home and has implemented policies and procedures to ensure energy savings for our residents.
During construction our new communities exceed building codes with upgraded insulation within the walls – most code requirements are for R-11 insulation, our insulation rating is R-13. Behind the drywall, a vapor barrier is also installed to reduce air leakage and prevent moisture from getting into the apartments.
Appliances are EnergyStar rated and each building is “wrapped” with a house wrap that is tailored to the environment. In addition, HHHunt uses a 5-step installation process for windows to minimize air loss and all windows have a fixed upper pane. HHHunt, in our new communities, has also switched from using metal halide or high pressure sodium lights to compact fluorescent fixtures in all common areas.
All this to ensure that you will Live Green at HHHunt!


Water Conservation

Although about 70% of the Earth is covered with water only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water. In recent years this fresh water supply has been shrinking at an alarming rate and the recent drought in the Southeast has only contributed to the need to conserve this precious natural resource.

As a reference point, the average HHHunt resident uses 3000 gallons of water per month! This figure does not include water consumption for the common areas of the community such as irrigation or maintaining the community pool.

We encourage our residents to reduce their water consumption as much as possible and have provided a few tips below:

  • Advise our staff immediately of dripping plumbing fixtures or if you see or hear water running.
  • Whenever possible do not hand-wash dishes - the water flow on a kitchen faucet is 2.2 gallons of water per minute, almost the same as a shower head.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Do not use the toilet as a trash receptacle.
  • Do not use running water to thaw frozen items.
  • Store drinking water in the fridge rather than letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Don’t rinse dishes before placing in the dishwasher instead scrape food from dishes into the trash.
  • Only wash full loads of clothes and adjust the water level accordingly.
  • Do not allow water to run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

Drive Less

The cost of oil has been at the forefront of recent world events and has a major impact on our economy. For these reasons, the government has increased efforts to find alternate fuel sources and has encouraged auto makers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles.

Purchasing a hybrid or a vehicle that runs on an alternate fuel source is one way to positively impact the environment and the economy but there are a myriad of other ways to reduce fuel consumption.

By choosing to live at an HHHunt community you are already reducing consumption since HHHunt develops communities in close proximity to services and major employers. But don’t stop there!

Meet your neighbors – At each of our communities, we have many major employers represented in our resident demographic. By meeting your neighbors, opportunities are created for carpooling and ride sharing.

Bike/Walk/Jog – Why not incorporate a daily or weekly bike/walk/job to work into your exercise routine?

Mass Transit – Be familiar with transportation options such as the train, bus or light rail. Just think of how much you can do while someone else drives you to work!

For those who cannot make the transition to an alternate source of transportation, here are several tips that can improve fuel efficiency from www.energyhawk.com.

  • In the summer, if you are driving over 40 mph don’t open your windows instead use the air conditioning. Conversely, if you drive under 40 mph it is more fuel efficient to turn off the a/c and drive with the windows down.
  • The most fuel efficient speed in a vehicle is 55 mph.
  • Don’t accelerate when going up a hill, just maintain your speed.
  • Drive as smoothly as possible – accelerating sharply uses more fuel.
  • Unless your car was made to burn premium gas, use the lower octane version. High octane gas does not increase fuel efficiency.
  • If you are at a stop for a short period (in line at a drive through, in traffic, etc…) let your car idle rather than turning it off.
  • Make sure that the tires are inflated properly and balanced.
  • Coast with your foot off of the accelerator whenever possible.
  • Do not drive 10 miles out of your way to save 3 cents a gallon for gas.

Go Organic

Organic foods and products are those grown without the use of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers or genetically modified organisms. In addition, animals that produce meat, dairy products and eggs do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

As cited on www.organicearthday.org, the popular theory is that organic food costs more but some items, such as coffee, cereal, bread, and even hamburger, may cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. And, as the demand for organics continues to grow, the cost will continue to come down.

Many claim that organic foods taste better and recent studies have shown that that organic produce is more nutritious. Since organic farmers do not utilize chemicals the soil is certainly healthier and the risks of exposure to chemicals in groundwater and downstream are much lower than with conventional farming methods.

Organic farming also uses less water and energy and minimizes soil erosion according to a 2006 report by the Organic Center.

When shopping there are 3 certifications to look for – 100% Organic, Organic (95% organic) and Made with Organic (minimum 70% organic and no genetically modified organisms).

Consumers are also encouraged to buy local produce and products whenever possible. Most produce in the U.S. is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold.

Visit www.organic.org to learn more about going Organic.

In the Bag

In recent months most major retailers have joined the movement to provide environmentally friendly bags for their customers. Most charge a small fee for the bags but claim that as more consumers utilize multi-use bags, the cost of goods will be reduced.

In addition to the bags offered by retailers, there are many suppliers for multi-use bags. Some, such as Green Bee(www.greenbeeonline.com) offer custom shopping bags for produce and bottles.

Multi-use environmentally friendly bags are made from a variety of materials including polypropylene, hemp, cotton and recycled materials. Some bags even fold up into a pocket sized pouch such as the ChicoBag found at http://allyourgreen.com/store/show_category/8 or the Baggu Bag at www.baggubag.com.