7 Tips for Creating an Eco-Friendly Rental Property
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30 May 2019
One of the major reasons people love Isle of Palms and the Charleston area as a whole is its breathtaking natural beauty. As a result of climate change, our beautiful home and the planet as a whole are in danger. Let’s work together as a community to do our part in becoming more environmentally conscious. Not only are taking steps to living an eco-friendly lifestyle beneficial to the environment, but also to your wallet. Below we have put together some simple but impactful steps you can take to make your rental property eco-friendly.
1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
By simply removing your old thermostat and replacing it with a programmable one you will see dramatic savings on your monthly energy bill. These devices allow you to maintain a consistent temperature in your property by running your HVAC system at a constant level throughout the day. Having a set schedule for your unit that reflects your daily activity will reduce your home’s energy usage and put less wear and tear on your HVAC system.
2. Swap-Out Your Light Bulbs
Want to save on your electric bill and home maintenance costs? Of course you do! All you need to do is swap out your lightbulbs with LED bulbs.
These lights last for 50,000 hours and use six times less energy than incandescent bulbs. This will greatly reduce the frequency the bulbs need to be changed and the cost to power them. LED bulbs, unlike other eco-friendly lights, don’t contain hazardous mercury in them and don't take additional time to reach full brightness. No matter how many people it takes to change the lightbulbs, both your wallet and the planet will thank you.
3. Upgrade to ENERGY STAR Appliances
Thinking more long-term, upgrading your property’s appliances to one’s with an ENERGY STAR label will both help the environment and save you money. The initial investment is higher than some of our other suggestions but provides an upgrade that guests will recognize as helping the planet. This government-trusted certification verifies that these appliances are use energy efficiently and reduce harmful greenhouse emissions. When it is time to upgrade check the for ENERGY STAR label.
4. Save At The Tap
Bathrooms are responsible for the use of more than 50 percent of all indoor water use in a home. The EPA has made it extremely easy to reduce your home’s water usage and have it running more efficiently by purchasing WaterSense labeled products. According to the EPA, “WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models”.
For example, switching to a WaterSense showerhead will use about 2,700 gallons less water for the average family. That is the same amount needed to wash 88 loads of laundry! Upgrading your sinks, showers, and toilets to WaterSense products will reduce your water bill, electric bill, and help our environment.
5. Freshen Up The Paint
Part of regular rental property upkeep is to routinely apply a fresh coat of paint. Next time you go to do this, consider the wide array of environmentally friendly paints to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air. To do this look for water-based paints with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can have hazardous side effects from being inhaled ranging from eye, nose, and throat irritation to damaging vital organs. We don’t want anyone to have to experience those things. Help improve the air quality for you and your guests and the planet by painting responsibly.
6. Eliminate Plastic Bottles
Allow your guests to enjoy a drink of fresh, chemical-free water — without the harmful waste of plastic bottles. Simply a water filtration system onto your tap.
This is a nice and easy amenity that allows guests seeking an eco-friendly vacation to safely enjoy a cold glass of water without harming the environment.
As a property owner, it can be very challenging to monitor the waste disposal habits of the people staying in your property. To promote environmentally conscious habits, you can have a clearly marked bin for the disposal of recyclable items such as plastic, glass, and paper. Above the recycling and garbage you can provide a chart displaying what items are appropriate for each bin. This helpful reminder is another step towards reducing our carbon footprint and protecting our beautiful planet.