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Tips to make your rental more sustainable

Making your short-term rental more sustainable not only benefits the environment but can also appeal to eco-conscious guests.

There are many ways you can make your property more environmentally friendly – and if you have implemented changes, it is important to highlight them in your listing. Younger travellers, in particular, are more likely to seek out eco-friendly properties – so illustrating your green credentials is one way of standing out.

Here are some tips to make your short-term rental more sustainable:

Energy efficiency

  • Install energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and smart thermostats to reduce energy consumption.

  • Encourage guests to turn off lights and appliances when not in use, and consider placing energy-saving tips in your house rules or guest information.

Water conservation

  • Install low-flow faucets and shower heads to reduce water consumption.

  • Fix any leaks promptly and consider providing information on water-saving practices to guests.

Waste reduction

  • Set up recycling bins and clearly communicate your recycling practices to guests.

  • Use refillable toiletry dispensers instead of single-use amenities, and encourage guests to minimise waste during their stay.

Green cleaning practices

  • Use eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products to reduce the environmental impact.

  • Provide guests with reusable cleaning cloths and consider a recycling programme for cleaning materials.

Sustainable furnishings

  • Choose sustainable and locally sourced furniture and decor when furnishing your rental.

  • Consider refurbished or up-cycled furniture instead of buying new items.

Eco-friendly supplies

  • Provide eco-friendly supplies such as biodegradable trash bags, recycled paper products, and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

  • Consider bulk amenities to minimise packaging waste.

Renewable energy sources

  • If feasible, consider installing solar panels or sourcing energy from renewable sources to power your rental.

  • Communicate your commitment to renewable energy in your listing or guest information.

Smart home technology

  • Invest in smart home technology that allows for efficient energy management, such as smart thermostats, lighting controls, and occupancy sensors.

  • Encourage guests to use these technologies responsibly during their stay.

Local and sustainable sourcing

  • Stock your rental with locally sourced products, supporting local businesses and reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.

  • Provide information on local farmers' markets, sustainable restaurants, and eco-friendly activities in the area.

Transportation options

  • Encourage guests to use public transport or provide information on bike rentals and walking paths in the area.

  • Consider offering discounts or incentives for guests who arrive by eco-friendly transportation methods.

Community engagement

  • Engage with the local community and support sustainable initiatives. This could include participating in local environmental programmes or supporting local charities.

  • Share information about local sustainability initiatives with your guests.

Educate guests

  • Provide information to guests about your sustainability efforts and encourage them to adopt eco-friendly practices during their stay (and after).

  • Consider including a section in your guest information on how they can reduce their environmental impact.

By implementing these sustainable practices, you can contribute to environmental conservation while also appealing to guests who prioritise eco-friendly accommodations. Communicate your commitment to sustainability in your listing, and consider seeking certifications or partnerships with recognised eco-friendly organisations.

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