Today’s Irving renters are frequently hunting for ideas to make their homes more environmentally conscious. And the good news for landlords is that going “green” in your rental home is easy and makes a great selling point. Moreover, by taking just a few simple changes, landlords and rental property owners may have a good impact on the environment and attract renters who would like to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
1. Recycling & Composting
Probably the initial and quickest thing you can do 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 simple as requesting a recycling bin and then showing your tenant which items go in it. Similarly, consider providing a composting bin on the property that your tenants can use to make clean fertilizer for the landscaping. Not only will you save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may appreciate having an alternative to throwing excess food away.
Besides recycling, upcycling is an efficient approach to reduce waste and protect the environment, too. Upcycling is simply using items, such as empty glass jars from jelly or pickles, for another purpose. For instance, glass jars make excellent 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, provide them with some fun upcycling ideas and possibly an incentive to join.
3. Install Smart Air Conditioning
Another ideal 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. Or else, for an even greater benefit, try installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers as they can make certain that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. Try to give your tenant some instructions on how to make air conditioning run more efficiently, like closing doors and windows while working and changing the filters consistently.
4. Use LED Light Bulbs
To save even more energy (and the environment), change your rental’s light bulbs to efficient LED bulbs. LED bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, meaning that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed a lot less often than traditional light bulbs. It is important to place LED light bulbs in areas where lights are used over long periods of time, for example, porch lights or other frequently used lights.
5. Water Your Lawn at Night
At last, using less water is an ideal approach to positively impact the environment and your utility bills. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn at nighttime. When you water during the day, a lot 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 simple as adjusting the watering times. Or, encourage your tenant to be environmentally friendly by watering the lawn after sunset or before sunrise.
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