Today’s Lebanon renters usually look for approaches 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 good selling point. Actually, by carrying out some simple changes, landlords and rental property owners can help the environment and attract renters who want to participate in an environmentally friendly way of life.
1. Recycling & Composting
The easiest and ideal approach 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. Moreover, think about providing a composting bin on the property that your tenants can utilize to produce clean fertilizer for the landscaping. You will not just save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may also enjoy having an option to throwing excess food away.
Other than recycling, upcycling is an ideal 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 illustration, glass jars make beautiful 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 just getting rid of them. To get your tenants on board, give them some fun upcycling ideas and possibly an incentive to be involved.
3. Install Smart Air Conditioning
Another great way to make your rental property favorable to the environment (and your utility bills) is to change how much and how often your tenant runs the air conditioning. As an illustration, simply encouraging your tenant to increase their thermostat by one or two degrees can save energy. Or, to get the most impact, think about installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers because they can guarantee that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. Try giving your tenant some suggestions on making the air conditioning function more efficiently, such as closing doors and windows while it is on and changing the filters routinely.
4. Use LED Light Bulbs
To save even more energy (and the environment), switch your rental’s light bulbs to efficient LED bulbs. LED bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, which signifies that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed far less often than traditional light bulbs. It is advisable to mount 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
Finally, using less water is an ideal method to impact the environment and your utility bills positively. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn during the nighttime. When you water in the day, loads of that water is lost through 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. If not, encourage your tenant to be environmentally friendly by watering the lawn after sunset or before sunrise.
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