With the current climate crisis taking over the news headlines, and more people realising there are smaller aspects of their life that they can change to be more eco-friendly, times are changing. Long gone are the days of using single-use plastic bags without thinking about the larger impact they have on the surrounding environment. Instead, individuals are doing all they can to make every element of their life as environmentally friendly as possible. Landlords and investors are also jumping on this trend and making their properties more earth-friendly in various different ways. Property companies are also choosing to do this, as it is appealing to any potential future tenants.
Are you interested in finding out how to make your property more eco-friendly? Keep reading this landlord guide to discover the exclusive tips on ways to decrease your property’s carbon footprint, and increase your greenery. We’ve ensured these ways won’t cost you a considerable amount, and you can do them without having to break the bank.
1. Add greenery
Furnished properties are all the trend right now, and young people and professionals will often opt for a property that is ready to go without the hassle of moving their things in. While you must be aware of the costs that come with adding furniture to your property and the insurance you must have in case anything happens to it, it’s a great way to open up more opportunities for younger tenants and those who haven’t ever rented before. Studies have actually shown that adding greenery to your property (whether it be the one you live in or one you rent out) can increase productivity as well as airflow within the space. This is because plants produce and release oxygen and also purify the air, removing toxins. Not only is adding greenery into any space good for people’s physical and mental health, but it’s also good for the environment too.
2. Smart appliances
It’s not necessarily your responsibility to put a smart assistant such as an Alexa or Google Home in a property you’re renting out. However, you may want to consider other smart appliances, such as smart lighting, and perhaps even a smart utility meter. Smart lighting saves time and money for both you as the landlord and your tenants. Why? It offers an easy way to turn on and off your lights as well as saving money in the long term. RWinvest is a property investment company that provide smart lighting as standard in some of their newer developments due to demand and look. However, if your property company hasn’t supplied you with smart lighting or any smart appliances, you may want to consider purchasing them yourself.
3. Install centralised heating
There are many apartments and homes which are rented out to tenants that work solely on electrical heating. This means tenants must individually turn on and off their heat whenever they need too. While this seems like a logical and money-saving strategy, it isn’t at all. Using an electrical heater is expensive, and can end up costing a large amount of money for your tenant. Your tenant’s problems aren’t directly related to you straight away, but if it gets to the point where they can’t afford their bills, then it will be you who has to pick up the pieces. To avoid this and any bill related issue in future, centralised heating should be installed into your property if it isn’t already!