Particularly in older homes, aging appliances can use more energy than is necessary. While all the appliances installed in a home may have been up to date originally, it may be worth seeing if you can find an energy-efficient replacement. Large appliances like air conditioners, boilers, and furnaces can zap energy faster than we realize, and recent developments in technology have made great strides in energy efficiency. You don’t even have to go all out on a brand new unit; simply upgrading your appliance in general, even if it is not specifically labeled as energy-efficient, can make a huge difference overall in the quality.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
A good thermostat is the key to a pleasurable experience for your guests, and upgrading your rental to a programmable thermostat can be game-changing. Programmable thermostats allow your guests to increase the temperature in the home when no one is inside, like when they are out for the day sightseeing. It’s also easy to bring the temperature back down when the guests are starting to return to the rental, so it will be nice and comfortable for them upon their return. Not only is this easy and convenient for the guests, but it will save you money on utility costs, as well as benefit the environment.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are key to the efficiency of your air conditioner. Ceiling fans cost only pennies to operate, being much easier on your wallet than running the air conditioning all day. Placing ceiling fans throughout the home is a great way to ensure higher air quality and more comfortable temperatures for your guests, and you will surely be happy to see the utility costs go down!
Check Your Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to increase the energy efficiency in your Cape Cod rental listings is to improve the lighting. Switching to CFL or LED light bulbs is a simple solution that will greatly reduce your lighting cost. Up to 1/3 of the electric bill is made up of lighting cost and LED and CFL bulbs use much less power than traditional light bulbs. If you’re looking to truly upgrade, you can even install larger windows or skylights to let in more light, helping to easily heat the home in the winter. If you choose to go this route, be sure to invest in some blackout curtains to keep the sun out during the evening and in the summertime.
These few simple changes can make all the difference when it comes to making your home more energy-efficient. In addition to helping save the environment, it will also save you money and stress. Guests staying in your Cape Cod Sunday to Sunday rentals will be happier knowing they are helping to save the environment even during their travels. Our Cape Cod property management service can help you make these changes and more. For more information, contact us today!