The word green typically brings money or nature to mind. There is the rare case where it brings Kermit the Frog to mind but that is best saved for another article.
The connection with either of the two more popular greens is fairly obvious. Paper currency in America is green. The color green is a color seen a lot in nature and therefore most commonly refers to products that contribute to earth-friendly living. Now, the connection between the two is not so easy. In fact, most Americans would probably say that being more eco-friendly or going green will be more expensive to do but that is something we should all do out of necessity and out of ethical obligation. That just isn't true though. At least the money part. Revising your Try It Tiny rental property with eco-friendly idea will actually save you money and even generate more bookings!
If you apply these three values to your Try It Tiny rental your carbon footprint will shrink almost immediately.
- Reduce what you buy and what you throw away.
- Reuse everything you can by replacing single-use materials with reusable materials. It can be done for almost everything.
- Recycle what you can’t use anymore by providing recycling bins for the proper disposal of materials.
But how do we incorporate the 3 R's?
- The average home is filled with items waiting for a landfill fate. But in today's world, there are plenty of alternatives. Consider the following:
- Fill your rental with non-disposable utensils, dishes, and containers for your guests to use. Don't have them rely on paper products or styrofoam take-out boxes.
- Consider creating baskets with reusable towels that can replace napkins, paper towels, etc.
- Add a water filter to your kitchen sink or purchase a water cooler for the kitchen so that guests don't have to buy and subsequently throw out plastic water bottles.
- When furnishing your listing try using recycled or upcycled furniture pieces. Don't head straight to the furniture store. Instead shop stores like Habitat ReStore, Goodwill, and Facebook Marketplace.
- Create a recycling center just outside your rental with appropriately colored and labeled bins for garbage, paper, plastic, and glass.
There are also plenty of household appliances you can equip your tiny house with to turn it into an eco-friendly zone and cut back on waste and pollution.
- Consider switching over to solar power. While it is an initial expense and may require some electrical upgrading, it is a choice that pays huge dividends in the long game.
- Install a smart thermostat that will allow you to remotely control the temperature of your air conditioning, setting a comfortable temperature before your guests check in and shutting it off right after check-out.
- Switch over to smart light switches that let you turn off lights from up to 3,000 miles away. Cut down on energy usage!
- Replace your current light bulbs with LED bulbs.
This seems time-consuming and intensive. Where are the actual money savings?
- By replacing your light bulbs with LEDs, you can save an average of $85/month in a tiny house.
- By cutting out paper towels, paper napkins, and tissues, you’ll save an average of $700+/year
- Filtering your water without plastic can save you and your guests up to $865 in plastic bottles each year.
- Once the solar panels have paid for themselves you can expect to save anywhere from $5,000 - $15,000 over the course of 20 years.
And here’s some (waste-free!) food for thought: paying for things that wind up in the trash is actually paying for trash. Who wants to do that?!
Using non-waste, reusable materials means that you don’t have to buy new ones all the time. That alone saves your money and heartache. Remember, by reducing, reusing, and recycling, you’re saving money and saving the planet.