As the planet gets older, our daily choices play an increasing role in the health of the environment. There has been an obvious shift toward eco-friendliness as we realize that even subtle choices such as switching to reusable water bottles and LED light bulbs can make an impact.
There has also been a resounding shift toward improving energy efficiency in homes. If you want to do your part in protecting the planet, there are a few different ways to save energy in your rental property. More and more people are looking for homes that help improve and stabilize the environment. Keep people coming back to your rental year after year with these five ways to make your rental property more energy-efficient.
1. Install a Programmable Thermostat
One of the simpler ways to make your home eco-friendlier is to upgrade to a smart thermostat. It will enhance the home’s heating and cooling efficiency, enabling you to create your own climate control system. It’s especially helpful for rental properties, as you’ll be able to adjust the temperature remotely when no one is there.
2. Repair Wall and Attic Insulation
Wondering whether your property’s attic insulation is sufficient? The U.S Department of Energy created a fact sheet to help you decide whether or not your insulation is up to par. More often than not, a home can benefit from an insulation upgrade. This extra layer of insulation could lead to a lot of savings, so take the time to repair the insulation within your home before renting out the house—especially in cooler climates.
3. Seal or Replace Windows
Weather stripping or caulking around windows can do a lot to lessen the cost of heating and cooling the home. In fact, about 20% of a house’s total heat loss comes through windows and doors. If you have the budget, replacing the windows altogether may be a good idea. New window models do a fantastic job of regulating temperatures, keeping your home more energy-efficient.
4. Improve Your Hot Water System
The water heater in your home can be quite damaging to your energy costs. Make sure that the temperature on the heater is no higher than 120 degrees—after guests leave, one of the first things you should do when inspecting the house is set the temperature even lower. Insulate the hot water lines so they don’t cool off as quickly. You could also think about upgrading to a tankless water heater so that water is instantly heated.
5. Update the Lighting
For years, people have been talking about the importance of switching to LED lightbulbs. Make sure you switch to either LED lights or CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) within your rental property. Another way to improve the lighting and energy-efficiency of your property is by daylighting, or using natural light to illuminate a home’s interior. Did you know that, according to the EIA, “Energy production from wind and solar were at record highs in 2017”? Add in some skylights, solar panels, or light shelves. Do your part and implement these tips into your rental property so that we can continue to break records.
If you would like someone to update, manage, and advertise your rental property, reach out to Exceptional Stays. We have Telluride, CO, rentals as well as properties throughout the world. Let us help you get more out of your property.