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5 Green Ideas for an Environmentally Conscious Home

Kirkwood Tenant Recycling CardboardToday’s Kirkwood renters are frequently looking for solutions on how to make their homes more environmentally conscious. And the excellent news for landlords is that going “green” in your rental home is easy and makes a great selling point. Similarly, by taking just a couple of straightforward changes, landlords and rental property owners can favorably impact the environment and attract renters who want to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

1. Recycling & Composting

One of the first and easiest things you can do 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 easy as requesting a recycling bin and then showing your tenant which items go in it. Moreover, start providing a composting bin on the property so that your tenants can make clean fertilizer for the landscaping. Not only will you save on landscaping costs, but your tenant may enjoy having an alternative to throwing excess food away.

2. Upcycling

Other than recycling, upcycling is a valuable method to reduce waste and protect the environment, too. Upcycling is simply using items, such as empty glass jars from jelly or pickles, for another purpose. For instance, glass jars make great food storage containers, flower vases, light fixtures, or pen holders. As the property owner, you can do a lot to reuse items instead of buying new or tossing things away. To get your tenants on board, give them some fun upcycling ideas and maybe an incentive to join.

3. Install Smart Air Conditioning

One more perfect method to make your rental property friendlier to the environment (and your utility bills) is to adjust how much and how often your tenant runs the air conditioning. For example, simply encouraging your tenant to increase their thermostat by one or two degrees can save energy. Or for an even better outcome, try installing a smart thermostat. Programmable thermostats are great energy savers as they can secure that the air conditioning is only running when people are home. Try to give your tenant a few directions on how to make air conditioning operate more efficiently, like closing doors and windows while it is on and changing the filters often.

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, meaning that they will reduce energy use in the home and need to be changed a lot less often than traditional light bulbs. It is suggested to install LED light bulbs in areas where lights are used over long periods of time, such as porch lights or other frequently used lights.

5. Water Your Lawn at Night

Finally, using less water is a great way to impact the environment and your utility bills positively. For maximum efficiency and absorption, water your rental property’s lawn at night. When you water during the day, a lot of that water is lost 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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