Making your rental home green has stopped being about buzzwords years ago - it's not just the right thing to do, but increasingly something that demands demand. Over 80% of tenants say they'd like their landlord to pay more mind to the environmental impact of their property; and 40% of all tenants go even further, saying that the eco-friendliness of a property is a key factor in their decision where to rent.
We've put together a list of easy things you can do to make your property more environmentally friendly - and as a result, more appealing to tenants.
Switch to LED lightbulbs
LED lightbulbs tend to cost a little more than traditional bulbs, but come with significant benefits. LED bulbs last longer, are radically more environmentally friendly, and in the end work wonders for your tenants, significantly cutting their energy bills. Did you know a third of tenants think their landlord should replace the bulbs in their rental property?
Check if your showerheads are water-efficient
The average shower uses between 10 and 20 litres of water every minute. Switching to a more efficient showerhead will not only be less wasteful, but once more save your tenants money on their water bill. An easy way to check if your showerhead is efficient is putting a roughly two litre container or bucket on the floor, and filling it up with water. If your showerhead does this in less than 12 seconds, then it is likely using too much water - and a water-saving alternative might be a good idea.
Bleed radiators regularly
'Bleeding' a radiator means releasing any built-up airlocks - which can cause blockages in the heating system. This means your radiators could be using more energy than needed, increasing your tenants' bills and wasting power. Make sure that you bleed any heaters regularly - once a year should be enough.
Think about low-flush toilets
Toilets are one of the main offenders of water waste in the UK. The average flush requires roughly 12 litres of water - so for a family of four using the toilet five times per day, that’s a total of 240 litres of water per day wasted. Low-flush or dual-flush toilets are designed to reduce water consumption while adequately flushing, cutting the average flush to three litres rather than 12. When next upgrading your rental properties, think about changing flushes to help your tenants lower their water bills, and keep water usage down.
Did you know the recycling rate in the UK is only 45%? Many rental properties still come just with one dustbin, even if they sit in councils that separate waste. Think about making it easier for your tenants to recycle, and swap out single garbage bins in your property to dedicated recycling bins - so your tenants will be able to separate waste without a headache.
Environmental friendliness is undoubtedly going to be more important in the years to come. Make sure not to miss the panel on how our homes will run in 2030 at the Tenant Satisfaction Summit!