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Winterizing Your Irrigation System: What’s the Process?

In yesterday’s post, we took a quick look at professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) options for winterizing your irrigation systems, with a deeper focus on choosing the right equipment for the job. Today, we’ll take a walk through the process of winterizing, once you have all your equipment—including an appropriately sized air compressor—in place.

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Don’t Forget to Winterize Your Irrigation System

Property owners want to maintain a pleasant landscape for a host of reasons, such as attracting quality tenants or to portray themselves as a positive force for their community, among other reasons. Whether the landscape is beautifully ornamented or a simple, lightly planted green space, facility managers charged with maintenance and operations have come to […]

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Marijuana in the Workplace: Legalization, Testing Laws, and More

With more than 2,000 estimated growing facilities in the U.S., and with 5 times more employees than the coal industry, the cannabis (Marijuana) business is booming. Thirty-four states, along with the District of Columbia (D.C.), have medical marijuana statutes on the books. In addition, 10 states and D.C. have also approved it for recreational use, […]

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Save Energy and Money: Join DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge

As a facilities manager, are you looking for ways to improve your building’s energy performance and decrease operational costs but aren’t sure where to start? Joining a campaign in the Better Buildings® challenge may provide you with the resources you’re looking for.

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