Operating An Environmental Friendly Vacation Rental

Owning a vacation rental property can be a large source of profit from guests staying at your rental. It is also quite an expense running a vacation rental, not only for the host but also for the environment. It can be difficult to regulate electricity and water usage when it is someone else using these appliances in your home. When a guest is staying in a home that is not their own, they may be less prone to paying attention to their usage. They may take extra long showers and leave unnecessary lights on around the home. Finding environmental friendly alternatives for your home not only benefits the ecosystem, but also can benefit your bank account.

An important aspect of running an environmental friendly vacation rental is ensuring the home is energy efficient.

Converting to an energy efficient home does not have to be expensive or a massive project. Simply lowering your thermostat a few degrees can make a difference in your electricity usage. Guests are welcome to change the temperature around, but setting it at a comfortable temperature initially may not cause guests to change it around. Another option that saves energy through the use of a thermostat is installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat can be set to automatically change temperature. This will come in handy for times of the year that the heater may not be necessary to run, or if your rental is vacant for the time being. This option helps to eliminate wasteful energy use and also does not sacrifice comfort. The average savings using a programmable thermostat is approximately $200 a year.

It can be difficult to save on your electricity bill when it comes to guess usage of appliances and technology, as you typically do not have control over guests use. A great and inexpensive way to save electricity use is through smart power strips. Many people do not know that electricity is used by electronics when they are in standby mode. This waste of energy use when the electronics are turned off can be the cause for as much as 75% of the energy use. Smart power strips shut down the power to the electronics when they are not in use. The strips can be set to turn off at assigned times, through remotes, or based off a master  device.

An option for conserving water usage is to install a low-flow showerhead. Installing a low-flow showerhead is a huge water saver, and does not deprive your guest of a good shower. They simply restrict water flow through small holes which results in a massaging spray. Replacing incandescent light bulbs is a cheap and effective way to save electricity use and money. A great alternative to incandescent light bulbs include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). For your vacation rental cleaning, use green products that do not contain harmful toxins.

There are many appliances that save both energy and money that may require a hefty initial investment but pay off in the long run. If you are in the market for new appliances, consider purchasing products from Energy Star or similar products that are energy efficient. Energy Star appliances use 10-50% less energy, saving money in the long run while reducing greenhouse emissions.

The hosts benefits of running an environmental friendly rental.

Operating an environmental friendly vacation rental has great benefits for the host financially. By conserving energy you are in turn conserving your financial spending. For hosts it can be very inexpensive to manage their vacation rental property in a more environmentally friendly manner. Inexpensive options that can save the hosts hundreds a year include managing the thermostat for wasteful energy, switching to smart power strips and using alternative light bulbs that are energy efficient.

By running a vacation rental that is eco friendly, this attracts a wider range of potential guests. There are some energy efficient options that are more of an initial investment. These may pay of in the long run as they make more of an environmentally friendly statement for your vacation rental. Switching to energy efficient appliances or even considering having solar panels installed, along with the inexpensive changes makes the statement that you run an energy efficient vacation rental. Advertising as an environmental friendly property, will differentiate your rental from possible competition. You will also attract a different crowd from those that may otherwise have looked over your property.

Importance of running an environmental friendly rental.

As a vacation rental host, there is a high volume of usage in your home. By running a vacation rental, your water and electricity usage have an impact on the local community and environment. Cities like Los Angeles that are overrun with emissions result in poor air quality and visible smog. Conserving water use, especially in areas that are at risk for drought is critical for the community. On a larger scale, conserving energy use limits the amount of greenhouse gases being released and benefits the overall environment. Overall choosing to operate an environmentally friendly vacation rental will benefit not only the host but the local community and environment.

TurnoverBnB is a new global platform based in Hawaii, connecting housekeepers and Airbnb hosts. We at TurnoverBnB created a free software tool that allows hosts to automatically schedule their cleaners for upcoming turnovers. The software syncs with your vacation rental calendar and automatically alerts your cleaners to new projects.


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