Operating an Environmentally Friendly STR

admin 01/18/2018

Owning a vacation rental property can be a significant source of profit from guests staying at your rental. It is also 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 essential aspect of running an environmentally 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. 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 includes 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 host's benefits of running an environmental friendly rental

Operating an environmentally friendly vacation rental has great benefits for the host’s finances. Not only are you conserving energy but conserving your finances. For example, doing little things to reduce electricity, such as lowering your thermostat, in turn, lowers your electricity bill. By running a vacation rental that is eco-friendly, this attracts a wider range of potential guests. Advertising as an environmentally friendly property, you will differentiate your rental from the 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 number 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.

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