We are all trying to save energy – for the sake of the environment and our bank balances.
Controlling energy usage at your short-term rental can be challenging – but there are many ways you can minimise consumption.
Here at HCH, we've come up with 15 tips to reduce energy usage at your holiday rental. If you have any others to add, let us know in the comments!
1. Install energy-efficient lighting
Use LED or CFL bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient and have a longer lifespan.
2. Smart thermostats
Install programmable thermostats or smart thermostats that automatically adjust the temperature when the property is unoccupied. This can save on heating and cooling costs.
3. Regular HVAC maintenance
Ensure that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are regularly maintained. Clean or replace filters as needed to keep them operating efficiently.
4. Seal leaks and insulate
Check for drafts and seal any gaps or leaks in windows and doors. Proper insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.
5. Encourage responsible water usage
Place signs or provide information encouraging guests to use water responsibly. Fix any leaks promptly, and consider installing low-flow faucets and showerheads.
6. Energy-efficient appliances
Invest in energy-efficient appliances, such as Energy Star-rated products, which consume less energy without sacrificing performance.
7. Unplug electronics
Encourage guests to unplug chargers, electronics, and appliances when not in use. Many devices consume energy even when turned off.
8. Natural lighting
Utilise natural light during the day to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Keep curtains or blinds open when appropriate.
9. Educate guests
Provide guests with information on energy-saving practices and encourage them to be mindful of their energy consumption during their stay.
10. Use timers or motion sensors
Install timers or motion sensors for outdoor lighting and common areas to ensure lights are only on when needed.
11. Energy audits
Conduct periodic energy audits to identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved. This can help prioritise actions to reduce energy consumption.
12. Waste reduction
Implement recycling programmes and provide clear instructions on waste disposal. Recycling reduces the energy required for the production of new materials.
13. Green certifications
Consider obtaining Sustonica certification. This is the only global sustainability validation for short-term rentals and will show guests that you are committed to eco-friendly practices at your property.
14. Solar power
If feasible, consider installing solar panels to harness renewable energy and reduce reliance on the grid.
15. Encourage sustainable transportation
Promote the use of public transportation, cycling, or walking to reduce the carbon footprint associated with travel.
By implementing these tips, you can create a more energy-efficient short-term rental property while also promoting eco-friendly practices among your guests.
And don't forget to promote your eco-friendly commitments on your listing as it might help to attract environmentally-conscious guests.
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