9 Ways To Make Your Rental Home More Green

Jul 9, 2018 | Marketing

Going green is the new craze. Travelers are becoming more and more aware everyday of how they are impacting the environment. Showing guests what you’re doing to be more environmentally friendly is a great way to boost bookings. Check out these super easy switches to help make your vacation rental green and more attractive to eco-listers.

Nest

Installing a nest into your property allows you to control your home’s temperature remotely. This is helpful when you have guests so you can check in on the temperature or automatically change it at a predetermined time or to a predetermined temperature.

Provide Recycling Bins

Providing recycling bins for your guests to use and suggesting they help by recyclin is a simple but super effective first step to making your rental more green. Providing recycling bins for your guests can help save you trash bags and decrease the cost of trash each week.

Provide Reusable Bags and/or Tupperware

Providing reusable storage for your guests’ to use during activities such as grocery shopping or beach trips will help them use less plastic – which is one of the biggest damages to our oceans. Another reusable option you could provide is Tupperware for your guests to use in place of Ziploc bags to be more eco-friendly as well! 

Solar Power

Although installing solar panels may be a hefty upfront cost, you immediately start making money back during the summer months. Depending on your location and energy use, you could regain the initial cost within 10 years. Solar Panels are great for creating renewable energy.

Compost Station

Offering a compost station in your backyard can help eliminate waste, help the environment, and create incredible fertilizer for a garden. Explaining to your guests what a compost bucket does and the impact they have by putting their leftover food in the compost bin instead of the trash can really impact on your guests positively.

Seal Gaps Around Windows

Making sure that your windows are sealed tightly can use less electricity because you aren’t letting heat escape during the colder months. On the other hand, during the summer, shutting windows in the morning if you left them open overnight can help keep your home cooler for longer periods of time without the need for air conditioners.

So, what are some cheap ways to make your rental ‘green’?

Low Flow Showerheads

Replacing your shower heads with low-flow showerheads can help conserve water and as a result decrease your water bill. Make this small change in all the bathrooms in your house, and you can make a huge impact on your water consumption. Low flow showerheads cost as low as $20. Check some out here.

Reusing Towels to Conserve Water
Having guests reuse towels and washing their towels every few days rather than everyday will help save water and decrease water usage. Encourage this by providing hooks in the bathrooms so your guests will be more inclined to hang them up after they’re done rather than leave them on the ground.
Energy Efficient Lights
This is an easy one. Installing LED lights in your home helps conserve energy and helps you spend less on your electric bill because LED lights use 25% less electricity and last more than 3 times longer than traditional lightbulbs. It’s a simple, low-cost change that can help you reduce your overall carbon footprint.

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