There’s lots of talk about making your home more eco-friendly, but that can be hard to do while being the landlord or tenant. Some landlords don’t want to invest the necessary money to provide their tenants with a more eco-friendly home, and on the flip side, some tenants don’t care or want to participate in those practices. However, there are solutions for both sides that can contribute to creating a “greener” home. In addition, creating a more eco-friendly home can help reduce utility bills as well as other housing costs. Here are ways both landlords and tenants can create a more eco-friendly home environment.
- Solar Panels
Installing solar panels in your rental homes and taking advantage of solar energy can really help to save you lots of money, as long as you are willing to wait out the investment. At times, it can take years for you to get your investment from solar panels back, but once you do, it is worth the cost. Solar panels are also becoming more and more affordable and therefore, the return on investment is increasing. You can calculate your solar costs and savings with this solar calculator from Energy Sage.
- Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you and/or your tenants to take control of the home’s heating and cooling temperatures. They’re reasonably priced and very easy to install. They can help you to reduce the cost of your heating and cooling as you are able to adjust the temperature, and control when you would like the thermostat to kick on and off. This helps save money on your electrical bill immensely and is a great way to help save on energy use.
- Energy-Saving Appliances
Making sure the home is suited with the proper appliances can greatly reduce the energy usage in the home. The number one household appliance that takes up about 15 percent of the energy bill for an average home is the refrigerator. Making sure you are taking the right measures to help maintain a cool temperature inside your refrigerator can help reduce the electricity costs to keep it going. Keeping it away from any direct sunlight (ex. Keep away from windows) can help in maintaining the inside temperature.
Purchasing appliances with energy star labels can also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by inefficient uses of energy. Though it can be a relatively pricey change in an attempt to make your rental property more eco-friendly, it is a great long-term strategy for helping to save the environment and your tenant’s money.
- Change the Lightbulbs
Switching to LED light bulbs in your investment properties is the quickest way to begin to make the home eco-friendly. One LED light bulb does the job of 21 regular light bulbs. You can buy LED light bulbs for fairly cheap and help reduce the cost for lightbulbs and energy bills by tremendous amounts over time. LED light bulbs more efficiently convert energy into light and produce minimal amounts of heat. They don’t contain any kind of chemical materials, so there’s no caution in disposing of them either. To see how much energy you could save by switching your light bulbs, take a look at this energy saving calculator.
- Drought Resistant Plants and Xeriscaping
Lots of water gets wasted when tenants over-water landscaping in both the front and backyards of their rental home. But if you insist on having greenery in your rental properties yard (because after all, having beautiful landscaping does make for great curb appeal), aim to plant and use native plants that require less water and little-to-no pesticides to stay alive. Here’s some plants you could consider planting:
- Butterfly Bush
- Siberian Pea Shrub
- Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris)
All of these plants listed above are drought-resistant and xeriscaped plant ideas for rental homes in Denver that can help to protect the environment and save on water usage.
- Smart Water Sprinklers
If you’re looking for some more ways to help save on water and energy use, look into installing smart water sprinklers at your rental property homes. Like other smart home devices, you are able to control your sprinkler system from your phone. It allows you to turn your sprinklers on or off for different sections of the yard and/or garden and set times for them to do so. The system can also detect how wet or dry the soil may be and whether or not it has rained. This helps the app to determine whether or not the yard actually needs to be watered. The smart sprinkler system programs itself to the weather forecast and will adapt the watering schedule to fit with the weather. There is so much money to be saved by switching to a smart water sprinkler system and the impact it creates on the environment is tremendous.
- Evaporative Cooler
An evaporative cooler is a device that cools air through the evaporation of water. This kind of system differs from a typical air conditioning system as they usually use vapor-compression or absorption to generate cooler temperatures. When using an evaporative cooler, air passes over water causing the molecules to evaporate into the air, turning it from a liquid to a gas. This process eats up heat, thus cooling the air around it. This process of cooling helps to save money and power, thus creating a greater impact on the environment.
Now that you have created a home that is eco-friendly and creates an impact on the surrounding environment, it’s time to educate your tenants on ways they can keep the trend going and continue making the home a “greener” place.
Recycling is a huge part of keeping the environment safe and healthy. What we throw away and recycle has a huge impact on the way the environment around us responds. Some items are just not recyclable but it’s important to recycle the ones that are. Doing so helps to save on resources and makes the surrounding area around us better. Here is a guide on things you can and can’t recycle to help you better help the environment.
For more information, visit this website: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/11/recycling-denver-dos-and-donts/
- Save Water
Saving money on water isn’t just saving money on water. Lots of electricity goes into heating the water that tenants use to water their hands or take a shower. Making small adjustments can help save money on utilities and use less power. Taking shorter showers can significantly help as well as installing a WaterSense showerhead. Installing a water-saving showerhead can help save up to 2 gallons of water per minute.
- Clean Your Fridge
Cleaning the back of your fridge seems a little odd but the amount of energy you can save by doing so is amazing. About 15 percent of your energy bill is made up from the energy use of the refrigerator. But by cleaning the coils in the back of your fridge, you will be able to reduce the amount of energy it uses by 30 percent. When the coils in the back become dirty, your fridge becomes less energy efficient and will begin to suck up way more electricity than it should to keep it cool.
Doing the little things makes up a large portion in helping to protect the environment and create a more eco-friendly home. Making sure to utilize the resources we already have, such as sunlight, helps to cut down on the costs of electricity and power. Doing our part creates a huge difference and can lead to greater success in the future. For more ways on how you can better create a more eco-friendly home, contact Keyrenter Denver today!