How to Make Your Airbnb Rental More Energy Efficient
Statistics indicate two million Americans stay in an Airbnb on a daily basis. Therefore, it comes as no surprise, renting out your home can help to generate additional revenue. But, you have to practice your due diligence when it comes to regulating energy use, as the additional income you make, can get depleted by guests who do not practice the best energy conservation practices. In this post, we take a look at some ways you can make your Airbnb more energy efficient.
1) Energy Efficient Bulbs
One of the most affordable ways you can make your Airbnb offering more energy-efficient is to replace traditional bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Contrary to popular belief, these provide the same amount of lighting, but require less energy. While some guests may be conscious of your utility expenses, other guests may not share the same beliefs. Even though LEDs can be a tad bit more expensive than their traditional counterparts, you’ll easily make back the difference through lower electricity bills, since they’re much more durable and use a lower amount of energy.
2) Motion Sensors and Smart Thermostat
Motion sensors for lighting can be best described as being temporary switches that activate light bulbs when movement is detected within its field of view. The lights stay on as long as movement is detected and turn off when movement is no longer detected. Some outdoor-based motion sensor lighting systems turn on when they detect a lack of light.
Additionally, a thermostat can help to lower heating expenses, because it can be programmed to provide adequate heating when someone is on the property, as well as to shut down when no one is in the house.
3) Bathroom Renovation
Statistics indicate the average American wastes 5,304 gallons per year when they shower. By making a few upgrades to your bathroom, you can drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on water expenses. Saving money on water usage can be as simple as getting a low-flow showerhead. A low-flow showerhead can help you to save up to 60% on your bill.
Alternatively, you can get a smart shower to track water usage, which you can then adjust. However, based on the fact toilets utilize the greatest amount of water in your home, you can save thousands of gallons on a yearly basis, by using a low-flow toilet. Additionally, even though tankless water heaters require a somewhat large investment up front, they use less energy and can save you money in the long run.
4) Energy Star Rated Appliances
Energy Star rated appliances are ideal when it comes to replacing or upgrading an older appliance. The CEO of Rise – a sustainable home improvement company – proclaimed Energy Star appliances can save you as much as 10-50% of the energy similar traditional appliances would need. When you look at the fact appliances like TVs, can cost you $110 a year in utility expenses, you can see how upgrading microwaves, refrigerators, television sets, and home theater systems, can save you hundreds of dollars in utility expenses per year.
The key to making your Airbnb more energy efficient is to take a look at the appliances and items that use the most energy and determine how you can provide a more energy-efficient solution. From using low-volume faucets to minimize water waste to installing new insulation into the walls of your home to provide better heat retention in the winter season, by using technology and paying attention to more modern solutions, you can drastically reduce your utilizing expenses.
Author bio: Alex Capozzolo is a content writer for the Twin Waves Wellness Center blog. They believe in keeping the earth as sustainable as possible. As for Alex, he enjoys going on long hikes and backpacking trips on the West Coast.