Green Living in Rental Properties

As the global focus on environmental sustainability continues to grow, landlords and tenants play a crucial role in fostering a greener future through eco-friendly practices in rental properties. For landlords, implementing sustainable initiatives not only benefits the environment but also enhances property value, attracts environmentally conscious tenants, and reduces operating costs.

For tenants, you play a pivotal role in promoting sustainability within your living space. Adopting eco-friendly practices not only contributes to a healthier planet but can also create a more sustainable and cost-effective living environment.

Tips for Landlords

Energy Efficiency

Upgrade Lighting and Appliances: Consider replacing traditional bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights and upgrading appliances to Energy Star-rated models. These changes can significantly reduce energy consumption, leading to lower utility bills for both landlords and tenants.

Invest in Smart Technology: Install smart thermostats, lighting controls, and energy-efficient HVAC systems. These technologies allow for remote monitoring and control, optimizing energy usage based on occupancy and preferences.

Water Conservation

Install Low-Flow Fixtures: Replace standard faucets, showerheads, and toilets with low-flow alternatives to minimize water wastage. This not only conserves a precious resource but also reduces water bills for both parties.

Landscaping and Native Plants: Opt for landscaping designs that require minimal water and choose native plants that are well-suited to the local climate. This reduces the need for irrigation and promotes a sustainable outdoor environment.

Urban Water Tanks: Look at installing a tank to reuse rain water. great for use of there are lots of gardens or also as an emergency water supply. 

Waste Management

Implement Recycling Programs: Particularly great for boarding houses. Set up recycling bins in common areas and provide clear guidelines for proper waste separation. Encouraging tenants to recycle helps reduce the environmental impact of landfill waste.

Composting Facilities: Consider establishing composting facilities on the property. This not only diverts organic waste from landfills but also produces nutrient-rich compost that can benefit landscaping efforts.

Renewable Energy Sources

Explore Solar Solutions: Investigate the feasibility of installing solar panels on rooftops. Solar energy not only reduces the property’s carbon footprint but also offers potential long-term savings on electricity expenses. There are some solar panel rebates available depending on your region. Check with your local council. 

Tips for tenants

Energy Efficiency

Mindful Energy Consumption: Be conscious of energy usage by turning off lights, appliances, and electronics when not in use. Consider investing in energy-efficient appliances to reduce your overall electricity consumption. If having to replace e bulbs, opt for LED energy efficient bulbs.

Utilize Natural Lighting: Take advantage of natural sunlight during the day to minimize reliance on artificial lighting. Open blinds and curtains to let in natural light, reducing the need for electricity.

Water Conservation

Report Leaks Promptly: Report any water leaks or plumbing issues to your landlord promptly. Timely repairs can prevent water wastage and contribute to a more sustainable living environment.

Conserve Water Usage: Practice water-saving habits, such as taking shorter showers, turning off faucets when not in use. These small adjustments collectively make a significant impact on water conservation.

Waste Management

Embrace Recycling Practices: Familiarize yourself with the property’s recycling system and separate waste accordingly. Recycling helps divert materials from landfills and reduces the environmental impact of waste disposal. More information on recycling rules can be found on most local council websites.

Limit Single-Use Items: Minimize the use of single-use plastics and opt for reusable alternatives. Bring your own shopping bags, water bottles, and containers to reduce waste production..

Community Engagement

Participate in Green Initiatives: Join or initiate community initiatives focused on environmental sustainability. This could include neighbourhood clean-up events, tree planting, or other activities that contribute to a greener community.

Stay Informed: Stay updated on local environmental policies and initiatives. Knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions and actively participate in shaping a sustainable future for everyone. Also,  its great to share any ideas with your landlord.


Landlords and tenants have the power to influence positive change by adopting environmentally sustainable practices within their rental properties. Not only does it show the tenants that your care which inturn can create longer tenanies with less turnover, these small, conscious efforts contribute to a collective impact that benefits both the planet and the community. By embracing a green lifestyle,  you contribute to a healthier environment but also inspire positive change within the rental community. Together, tenants and landlords can create a more sustainable future for everyone.

Amanda Wiapo