Tips for landlords to make their properties more eco-friendly

We’ve compiled our six top tips to help Residential Rental Providers (a.k.a Landlords) contribute to a more sustainable future while potentially attracting environmentally conscious tenants and reducing long-term operating costs. GO green!   

Switch to solar

The Victorian Government is currently offering a $1,400 rebate for Rental Providers to fit solar panels at their investment property. It’s a win for owners and the environment. Learn more, here. 

Energy-efficient appliances

Replace old appliances with energy-efficient models that have a high Energy Star rating. This includes refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. Energy-efficient appliances can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.

LED lighting

Switch to LED light globes throughout the property. LED globes are more energy-efficient, have a longer lifespan, and produce less heat compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. They are also available in a variety of styles to suit different lighting needs.

Native plants require less watering

Sustainable landscaping

Create an eco-friendly landscape by using native plants that require less water and maintenance. Implement efficient irrigation systems with timers to avoid water waste. Additionally, use organic and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilisers.

Water-saving fixtures

Consider installing low-flow taps, shower-heads, and toilets to minimise water consumption. These fixtures restrict water flow without compromising functionality, helping to conserve water and lower utility bills. Consider also fixing any leaks promptly to prevent water wastage.

Waste management

Fortunately on the Surf Coast, the local council provides recycling and composting bins for every household. Encourage tenants to recycle and compost by providing educational materials, such as those on the Surf Coast Shire website, to raise awareness about proper waste disposal.

Insulation and Windows

Ensure that the property is well-insulated to reduce heating and cooling costs. And where possible, look to install double-glazed or energy-efficient windows. 

To learn more about eco-friendly practices for landlords, reach out to our Property Management team. They’re naturals at this kind of thing.