Today’s Selma renters are often looking for alternatives to make their homes more environmentally conscious. And the wonderful news for landlords is that going “green” in your rental home is easy and makes a great selling point. Undoubtedly, by following just a few easy changes, landlords and rental property owners may have a beneficial impact on the environment and attract renters seeking to engage in an environmentally friendly way of living.
1. Recycling & Composting
One of the fastest and easiest methods 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 underway may be as simple as requesting a recycling bin and then showing your tenant which items belong in it. Likewise, start providing a composting bin on the property so that your tenants can generate clean fertilizer for the landscaping. This will not only save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may also experience having an option to throwing excess food away.
Along with recycling, upcycling is a great strategy to reduce waste and protect the environment as well. Upcycling is simply using items, such as empty glass jars from jelly or pickles, for another purpose. For example, glass jars make lovely 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 tossing things away. To get your tenants on board, provide them with some fun upcycling ideas and potentially an incentive to engage them.
3. Install Smart Air Conditioning
Another great approach to make your rental property friendlier to the environment (and your utility bills) is to change how much and how often your tenant runs the air conditioning. For instance, simply encouraging your tenant to increase their thermostat by one or two degrees can save energy. Or else, for an even greater result, think about installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers because they can make sure that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. It would be helpful to provide your tenant some tips on making the air conditioning run more efficiently, like closing doors and windows while working and changing the filters frequently.
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, meaning that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed a lot less often than traditional light bulbs. Ensure to put LED light bulbs in areas where lights are used over long periods of time, such as porch lights or other frequently used lights.
5. Water Your Lawn at Night
At last, using less water is an effective strategy to impact the environment and your utility bills positively. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn at night. When you water during the day, most 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. Alternatively, encourage your tenant to be environmentally friendly by watering the lawn after sunset or before sunrise.
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