Today’s Sunrise Beach Village renters are often searching for procedures to make their homes more environmentally conscious. And the great news for landlords is that going “green” in your rental home is easy and makes a significant selling point. In fact, by making a couple of straightforward changes, landlords and rental property owners may have a positive effect on the environment and attract renters who want to take part in an environmentally friendly way of living.
1. Recycling & Composting
One of the first and easy ways to make your rental home more environmentally conscious is to encourage your tenant to recycle and compost their food waste. If your city or county offers a recycling program, getting started may be as easy as requesting a recycling bin and then showing your tenant which items go in it. What is more, consider providing a composting bin on the property that your tenants can use to produce clean fertilizer for the landscaping. Not only will you save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may enjoy having an option to throwing excess food away.
Along with recycling, upcycling is an effective method to reduce waste and protect the environment as well. Upcycling is just using items, such as empty glass jars from jelly or pickles, for another purpose. As an instance, glass jars make pleasant food storage containers, flower vases, light fixtures, or pen holders. As the property owner, you can do a lot to reuse items instead of buying new or throwing things away. To get your tenants on board, propose some fun upcycling ideas and perhaps an incentive to participate.
3. Install Smart Air Conditioning
Another practical way to make your rental property friendlier to the environment (and your utility bills) is to adjust how much and how often your tenant runs the air conditioning. For example, simply encouraging your tenant to increase their thermostat by one or two degrees can save energy. Otherwise, for an even bigger benefit, try installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers as they can ensure that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. Offer additional tips to your tenant on how to make the air conditioning run more efficiently, like closing doors and windows while it is on and changing the filters regularly.
4. Use LED Light Bulbs
To save more energy (and the environment), change your rental’s light bulbs to efficient LED bulbs. LED bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, signifying that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed far less often than traditional light bulbs. It is recommended to install LED light bulbs in areas where lights are used over long periods of time, like porch lights or other frequently used lights.
5. Water Your Lawn at Night
Last of all, using less water is a practical way to impact the environment and your utility bills positively. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn during the evening. When you water during the day, loads of that water is lost to evaporation. But at night, more water reaches the roots of the plants and makes watering far more effective. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, this is as easy as adjusting the watering times. As an alternative, encourage your tenant to be environmentally friendly by watering the lawn after sunset or before sunrise.
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