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5 Green Ideas for an Environmentally Conscious Home

Layton Tenant Recycling CardboardToday’s Layton renters typically seek ways to make their homes more environmentally conscious. And the best news for landlords is that going “green” in your rental home is easy and makes an excellent selling point. Actually, by implementing some basic changes, landlords and rental property owners may have a good influence on the environment and attract renters who want to experience an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

1. Recycling & Composting

The quickest and best way 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 belong in it. Furthermore, think about providing a composting bin on the property that your tenants can utilize to make clean fertilizer for the landscaping. You not only save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may also enjoy having an alternative to throwing excess food away.

2. Upcycling

Aside from recycling, upcycling is an ideal method 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 example, glass jars make proper food storage containers, flower vases, light fixtures, or pen holders. As the property owner, you can do a lot to reuse items rather than buying new or discarding them. To get your tenants on board, give them some fun upcycling ideas and also an incentive to contribute.

3. Install Smart Air Conditioning

Another great approach to make your rental property beneficial to the environment (and your utility bills) is to change how much and how often your tenant runs the air conditioning. To give an example, simply encouraging your tenant to increase their thermostat by one or two degrees can save energy. Alternatively, to get the most effect, think about installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers for the reason that they can guarantee that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. Consider giving your tenant some tips on making the air conditioning run more efficiently, such as closing doors and windows while it is on and changing the filters regularly.

4. Use LED Light Bulbs

To save even more energy (and the environment), change your rental’s light bulbs to efficient LED bulbs. LED bulbs are long-lasting and energy-efficient, indicating that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed far less often as opposed to traditional light bulbs. Keep in mind to install LED light bulbs in areas where lights are used over long periods of time, for example, porch lights or other frequently used lights.

5. Water Your Lawn at Night

In conclusion, using less water is a useful approach to impact the environment and your utility bills positively. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn in the evening. When you water during the day, a lot of that water is lost due to 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. Otherwise, encourage your tenant to be environmentally friendly by watering the lawn after sunset or before sunrise.

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