Key Steps to Creating Eco-Friendly Rentals

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Going green, some might say, was once a trend and considered ‘cool’ to implement into daily living. However, I think that we can all agree that being environmentally friendly is no longer just a trend, but a necessity. It is something that we all have a responsibility for, especially since the implementation of the government’s net zero initiative.

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As a landlord, you have a unique opportunity to contribute to a greener future while also attracting environmentally conscious tenants. Who doesn’t love looking after our planet?

What are the practical steps to take? There are a few areas to consider, such as:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Sustainable materials
  • Solar panels
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Landscaping
  • Green certifications
  • Tenant education and engagement

Energy Efficiency

Ensuring that your property is rated as EPC ‘E’ is imperative, but there are a few other ways in which you can make sure your property is energy efficient.

By upgrading the insulation in your property, you will make it more energy efficient. Proper insulation can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. Consider upgrading insulation in your properties to improve energy efficiency.

Additionally, by replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models that bear the correct energy-efficient labels, your tenants will save on costs, using less energy.

As well as replacing old appliances, you can replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. LED lighting consumes less electricity and lasts longer, resulting in less cost. Installing smart thermostats that allow tenants to control heating and cooling should also be a part of making your property more energy efficient.

With regard to heating and cooling, installing a modern boiler will be another way in which you and your tenants can save money.

Solar Panels

Although initially pricey, this type of investment has the potential to significantly or completely eliminate energy bills for your tenants. As long as your solar panels are south-facing, you could save between 40-50% in energy bills.

Water Conservation

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of water conservation are small things like turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, or only filling up your kettle with enough water to make the right amount of cups of tea instead of filling it to the brim.

But, there are also other ways in which you can save on water as a landlord.

By installing low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets, water consumption will be less but tenants won’t suffer from low performance. As well as low-flow faucets, ensuring that regular maintenance is undertaken on faucets that leak and pipes will support your water conservation efforts.

Sustainable Materials

What would an eco-friendly blog be without addressing sustainable materials?

  • Flooring – choose sustainable flooring materials like bamboo, cork, or reclaimed wood for a more durable and eco-friendly option
  • Paint – use low-VOC (volatile organic compound) or zero-VOC paint to improve indoor air quality and reduce harmful emissions

Recycling and Waste Management

Reduce, reuse and recycle! We all know it and are familiar with the term, and there is a reason for it.

Make sure that you provide clear instructions to tenants on recycling and waste management. Ensure that recycling bins are readily available, and educate tenants on the importance of proper waste disposal if you feel the need.

Landscaping

When it comes to gardening, opt for native plants in your property’s landscaping. Native plants require less water and maintenance compared to non-native species. Additionally, consider using organic gardening practices to reduce the need for chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

Green Certifications

Consider obtaining green certifications for your property, such as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) or CEEQUAL certification, to name a few. These certifications can enhance your property’s eco-friendly reputation and appeal to environmentally-conscious tenants.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

If possible, offer bicycle storage or encourage the use of public transportation among your tenants. Proximity to public transit options can make your property more attractive to eco-conscious renters who prefer to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, you will be a part of encouraging exercise and fitness.

Tenant Education and Engagement

Not everyone will be on the same wavelength as you though when it comes to eco-living, so educating your tenants may be necessary when undertaking this endeavour. Creating eco-friendly rentals doesn’t stop at implementing green features. There are a few ways you can do this.

  • Provide tenants with an eco-friendly living manual that explains how they can maximise the property’s eco-friendly features and reduce their environmental impact.
  • Encourage tenants to adopt eco-friendly habits, such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use, reducing water waste, and recycling.
  • Foster a sense of eco-friendly community within your properties. Consider organising events or initiatives that promote sustainable living among your tenants.

So, now that you know how to create an eco-friendly rental property, contact us to find the best quotes on rental property insurance to get the ball rolling! Contact us on 01788 818 670.