Green Living: Tips for Picking an Eco-Friendly Rental Property

Written by Lisa Walker | neighborhoodsprout.org

Expedition Air has a mission that every product consumers interact with enables a low carbon future, and that can include rental properties. If you’re looking for your next living accommodation, it’s possible to get a good deal and help protect the environment in the process. Here are some tips on what to look out for.

Appliances

One of the easiest ways to gauge the energy efficiency of a product is by using the Energy Star program developed by the EPA. Using standardized methods, the government program categorizes and recommends certain appliances such as refrigerators, water coolers, heaters, light bulbs, and computers. Before moving into a new rental property, try asking for more information on existing appliances to see if they are energy-star approved.

Even if appliances aren’t fundamentally eco-friendly, it’s sometimes possible to make adjustments that save energy and money. A good example of this is with laundry - even if the machine itself is not up to green standards, you can replace detergent with eco-friendly strips to save on plastic waste, wash with fewer cycles and keep an eye out for plant-based formulas that cause less harm to the environment.

Utilities

Some aspects of a property are more permanent than others and will require significant construction work to fix or improve. That’s why, if you’re trying to lower emissions as much as possible, it’s important to look closely at utilities such as plumbing, energy systems, and insulation before committing to a rental property. Solar panels, for instance, are an excellent way to improve a property’s efficiency, they’re also more economical in the long-term than alternatives and help to provide green jobs.

Some utilities can be adjusted for minimal cost and with a little elbow grease. You can easily caulk air leaks, for example, and many landlords will be willing to approve or even pay the cost of installation for smart thermostats. It can be worth mentioning these things before putting in your offer for a property, remember that your preferences can affect the buying behaviors of landlords and therefore encourage the green market.

Location

Location is an important factor when trying to calculate your emissions. Where your property is based will affect your daily commute (if you have one) and time spent in traffic (as your engine is likely to run for longer). Even the topography of an area can directly affect gas usage, as more sparsely populated states will require more driving. By considering these factors, you can pick a property to rent in a location close to shops, work/schools and that is agreeable to your carbon footprint.

Once you’ve picked where you want to live, as an added bonus, it’s worth looking into eco-friendly moving options. Some furniture moving services will accommodate any eco-requirements you’ve made by taking shorter routes and trying to minimize waste. And, before meeting with any company, ensure that you’ve received a quote and that you’ve checked plenty of online reviews and testimonials. If you’re unsure of where to start, try Googling: furniture mover near me.

If you want to move towards CO2 neutrality, one of the most substantial decisions you can make is to rent in an eco-home. Not only will you be making less emissions, you’ll be encouraging growth in the sustainability sector. No small feat and another step towards a greener planet.

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