In the past, green initiatives for rentals weren’t as important. However, this has since changed as renters are becoming more eco-conscious.
Consequently, landlords have a chance to impact the environment positively by taking measures to adopt green initiatives for their rentals. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly rental, here’s what to watch for.
Energy Star Utilities
Confirm whether the rental comprises high-performance ceiling fans, kitchen appliances, light fixtures, and double-glazed windows since these upgrades permit renters to control their energy use.
You should also find out about CFL or complex fluorescent bulbs, which use approximately 70% less electricity and save approximately $40 in utility expenses throughout their lifespan. Energy star labels imply that the appliances seek to decrease greenhouse emissions and pollutants produced by inefficient energy use.
Additionally, the label gives you an easy way of identifying appliances that guarantee energy efficiency. While this change is relatively expensive for a landlord, the long-term strategy will help save the environment and the renter’s money.
These are the easiest adjustments landlords can make. Switching to CFLs or LEDs could make a considerable difference to your utility costs and they last longer than ordinary light bulbs.
Regulating the temperature in your rental using a programmable thermostat is an excellent way of decreasing the amount of money spent on energy use.
Additionally, it’s a beneficial way for renters to establish the precise time they want their thermostats operating, whether it’s for cooling or heating the rental unit, thereby saving energy. These devices are not only affordable but also easy to install without requiring a major décor change.
Ensure the unit equips renters with recycling containers to decrease overall utility expenses and promote energy-independent living.
On average, every American generates 4.4 pounds of trash daily but 86 American facilities produce energy from municipal waste, enabling them to generate approximately 2,700 megawatts of power yearly from 28 million tons of trash. A housing complex that generates power from waste can reduce its carbon footprint significantly.
Weatherized Rental Units
Establish whether the external doors are weather-stripped. Also, check whether the rental has storm-proof windows and insulated attics and crawl spaces.
Determine whether the unit is using environmentally friendly paints, which decrease the pollutants released into the atmosphere daily. The landlord should use water-based paints without VOCs. This won’t merely help the atmosphere. It will affect the air quality you expose yourself to while residing in a rental.
Solar Roof Panels
Inquire whether the building has fit concentrated solar power or photovoltaic panels, which can produce an estimated 400,000 terawatt-hours of renewable energy annually. This power originates directly from natural sunlight to reduce reliance on fossil fuel.
Moreover, if you can access solar paneling instead of traditional electricity you can save about $1,000 annually.
Water Filtration System
Prospective tenants value this amenity because of the toxins and chemicals that exist in tap water. Renters also recognize the negative effect of plastic bottles on the environment.
Installing a filtration system allows the landlord to cater to those who wish to enjoy fresh and clean water without the increased waste that accompanies plastic bottles.
If you’re looking to rent an environmentally friendly unit but don’t know where to begin, consider these features.
For more information on how to find a green rental, contact us at Apartment Agents or leave a message.