Energy efficiency and conservation have become a trending topic in the past few years. Many tenants now expect green features in their rentals, and many landlords are looking for ways to manage costs. This article discusses fundamental ways to make your Provo rental property more energy efficient.
According to the US Department of Energy (USDE), an energy-efficient house begins with proper weatherizing. A lack of proper air sealing and insulation can generate higher utility costs, poor indoor air quality, and moisture problems. Sealing cracks and gaps with caulk or weather-stripping can considerably change the energy efficiency and limit many air quality concerns. Additionally, adding insulation in fundamental spaces is an essential step to desirable energy efficiency.
Moisture control is another principal element. Uncontrolled moisture can lead to a host of problems, from mold to foundation leaks, and poor ventilation leads to poor air quality. To control moisture, it’s essential to utilize quality materials, seal up air leaks, and secure that your property has proper drainage. Such weatherizing steps can significantly diminish energy costs and improve your rental homes’ comfort and air quality, keeping your tenants happy.
Energy efficient lighting makes a rental home seem inviting, adds security, and can even contribute to lower utility bills. The best place to start is by updating old or non-functional light fixtures. LED light bulbs use up to 85% less energy than other light bulbs, making them a foundational feature of energy efficient apartments. LEDs can also cost less than half of incandescent bulbs when used properly. Provo tenants will admire the lower utility bills, and owners can make their rental homes safer overall.
Speaking of safety, the placement and number of lighting fixtures is another important concern. Safety conscious tenants may want more exterior lighting, notably over each entrance and in dark corners. Integrating a motion-sensor spotlight over the driveway, backyard, or other dark areas will help tenants feel safer. It also adds an energy efficient safety net for your investment. These small upgrades can help make an entire rental home feel like new.
Other Energy Efficient Solutions
After considering the fundamental energy-efficient solutions, you can make many more small changes that add up to make a big difference. For example, keeping your air filters clean helps your forced air work properly, keeping costs down. Another avenue could be to encourage your tenants to turn off lights and appliances that they’re not using at night.
Advising on energy efficiency solutions is only a component of Real Property Management Utah County’s extending our property owners in Provo. We perform thorough evaluations of rental homes and make recommendations for both short-term and long-term energy efficiency upgrades. Our property management plans are created to keep your renters happy and your rental homes ready for whatever may come. Please contact us online or call us at 801-224-0033 for additional information about our property management services.
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