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How green is your holiday home?

We should all be thinking about “going green” and becoming more eco-friendly in as many ways as possible. From recycling to switching off lights when we leave a room, homeowners are more aware of the effect that we can all have by being more environmentally friendly and this goes for holiday home owners too.

While the main purpose of a holiday home, at least from an owner’s perspective, is to generate extra income by letting it out to holidaymakers, owners can also save more money in the long run by thinking ‘green’.

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By making a number of relatively small changes to the way we live, and the things that we provide for guests in our holiday homes, we can reduce monthly bills – making the cottage more profitable – and do our bit to protect the world we live in.

We can reduce monthly bills - making the cottage more profitable - and do our bit to protect the world we live in
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Why is "Going Green" so important?

There are a number of different reasons why being eco-friendly is so important, however, the most common responses when people were asked why they thought they should 'go green' were:

  • To protect the environment and stop the impact of global warming

  • To lower utility bills and save money wherever possible. Energy-saving bulbs and solar panels are a great way of reducing bills

  • To protect the planet for our children and future generations by using sustainable materials and recycling

Turning the heating down by as little as one degree could save as much as 10 per cent off your annual heating bill!

How to make your holiday home more eco-friendly

Energy efficient light bulbs are one of the most common and simplest ways to be more eco-friendly in and around your holiday home. They use much less energy than standard bulbs and, although they take longer to get up to their full brightness, they perform to the same level.

If you’ve already swapped your bulbs and are interested in doing more to protect the environment and save money in the process, here are some extra ideas on how to make your holiday property more eco-friendly:

  • Turn down the thermostat in the property. Research has shown that turning the heating down by as little as one degree could save as much as 10 per cent off your annual heating bill! Don't take this too far and freeze your guests though - you want to keep your holiday home nice and cosy for holidaymakers staying there.
  • When it comes to buying new kitchen appliances such as fridge freezers or ovens, check the efficiency ratings on the labels. The most energy efficient models are often rated A+ or even A++ and can save you hundreds of pounds each year.
  • Improving the insulation in the roof of the property might sound like yet another expense, but with heat rising and escaping through the roof it’s worth the investment as you could save as much as 25 per cent off your annual heating bill.
  • Outside the property, switching to a water meter can save between £50 and £75 every year. Alternatively you could recycle water by using a water butt to collect and store rainwater that you can then use on your plants and lawn.
  • Solar panels are a great way of generating extra energy that you can then use throughout your property to power the lights or even heat the water. Any excess electricity generated can even be sold back to the National Grid.
  • With more and more people opting for electric powered cars, you could look to install a charging point at your property. Although this might increase your electricity bill slightly, you’re likely to benefit from more bookings from electric car drivers who will value this service.

To find out more information or to get advice from one of our local regional managers about going green and letting your property, get in touch with cottages.com today.

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