How to make your holiday let more sustainable

Set yourself apart from other holiday lets, positively impact the environment, and impress your guests. Here’s how to make your holiday let more sustainable.

Holiday lets and other types of accommodation produce a massive amount of waste and pollution. They contribute 2% of the 5% of global CO2 emissions by the tourism sector. Sustainable and eco-friendly living is gaining momentum, and guests seek to reduce their environmental footprint by choosing holiday lets that support their values. Here’s how to make your holiday let more sustainable.

6 ways to make your holiday let more sustainable

It’s a great idea to make your holiday let more environmentally friendly. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can also be an effective marketing strategy. Just keep in mind that what works for one holiday let may not work for another, so we’ve put together some suggestions to help make your holiday let more sustainable and motivate you to make a positive difference.

1. Reduce your use of single-use plastic

Holiday Home Refill Shampoo and Conditioner.

Thinking back to stays at many holiday lets, it’s hard not to notice the amount of single-use plastic used in everyday items like shampoo and conditioner bottles, body wash packages, cleaning supplies, etc. It might be convenient for guests, but unfortunately, much of this plastic ends up in our oceans. This contributes to an already alarming pollution problem. 

Bulk-fill solutions

You can be more eco-conscious without sacrificing guests’ comfort. Consider using cartridge or bulk-fill solutions that are more sustainable and won’t harm the environment. 

Support local suppliers

You can even support local suppliers by creating a welcome pack of organic fresh products from your local market and supermarket rather than pre-packaged in plastic. This goes a long way for customer satisfaction and boosts feedback! 

Provide reusable bags

We prefer staying in holiday homes to hotels because we can cook meals in our own space rather than always eating out. Many people agree with us! One way to make this experience even better is to provide reusable canvas or fabric shopping bags so guests don’t have to purchase plastic bags when shopping. This not only helps the environment but also makes their stay more convenient.

By using bulk-fill alternatives, recyclable and biodegradable packaging, and other reusable materials, you can help reduce unnecessary single-use plastic and waste.

2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances

Energy-Efficient Appliances.

Investing in energy-efficient appliances is better for the environment and can save you money on your energy bills! Large appliances such as fridges, freezers, microwaves, washing machines, tumble dryers, and dishwashers are the biggest energy consumers in any home. When replacing an appliance, look for an A+++ energy rating. These “green appliances” prioritise energy efficiency. They may cost a little more initially, but the future savings and benefits outweigh this cost.

It is often overlooked to consider the size of the appliance in relation to the property and the number of guests you host. For example, a washing machine with a family-size drum in a property that sleeps two will waste energy. As will a too-small machine in a larger occupancy property. Be mindful of the size and energy efficiency rating of the appliances you purchase for your holiday let.

3. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products 

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products.

Another straightforward way to improve your environmental impact is to consider switching to eco-friendly cleaning products. Don’t be scared; there are so many fantastic alternatives! Plus, many traditional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause headaches, nausea, and irritation.

By switching to eco-friendly and biodegradable products, you can minimise the by-products your holiday let puts out into the atmosphere while still achieving the same level of cleanliness. Eco-friendly products are designed to last longer, and with fewer harsh chemicals, you, your employees, and your guests can breathe easier!

4. Reduce home heat loss

Holiday Home Solar Panels.

Making your holiday home’s heating system more energy efficient will save you money on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions. Think about adding loft insulation to reduce heat loss through the roof, regularly service your boiler to ensure it runs efficiently and install a smart meter to monitor and control your energy usage. Additionally, minor changes like quality curtains, blinds, and rugs can help keep your home warm and reduce energy waste. These small changes add up to significant savings and reduce your carbon footprint.

Switch energy provider

Many providers offer renewable energy tariffs that source electricity from wind and solar power. This benefits your property and supports the growth of the renewable energy sector. Consider the location of your property and see if this is possible for you.

Can you power the property yourself?

Solar, hydro, and wind power are all worth considering. Rooftop solar panels are the most common option; if you have a large garden or some land attached to your property, you can install them there. However, remember that solar power relies on the sun, which, as we know, can be scarce in the UK! Hydropower is a less common option, but if you can access a river on your property, consider installing a turbine to generate electricity. Finally, less common wind power can also be a significant renewable energy source. If you live in a rural area and are not restricted by local laws, adding turbines could provide enough electricity to meet all your needs.

5. Reduce water consumption

Reduce Water Consumption.

By 2030, the demand for fresh water is predicted to exceed the available supply by 40%. Holiday lets can be crucial in reducing water consumption through various measures. For instance, Travelodge has implemented aerated showerheads and taps that can cut down water usage by half. This not only conserves water but also reduces energy consumption by decreasing the amount of water heated in bathrooms.

6. Get your guests involved! 

Reusable Shopping Bag in Kitchen.

A great way to promote sustainability at your holiday home is by involving your guests in the effort. You’ll be surprised how many guests appreciate this. Provide recycling bins if you don’t already, encourage guests to unplug appliances, and turn off lights when unused. Something as simple as reducing the number of towels and encouraging guests to reuse towels, sheets, and bedding can also help reduce water and energy waste. Most travellers are happy to make this change.

We hope you find these six ways to make your holiday let more sustainable helpful. Ask for feedback and suggestions from your guests, as they may have great ideas for improving your environmental initiatives. There is always room for improvement, no matter how small.

Peak District-based management and support team for your holiday let

Matt and Kerry.

We offer a complete end-to-end support service to ensure your holiday or short-let property realises its full rental income and occupancy potential. We operate using our Peak District teams and providers who understand the importance of knowing your local area better than anyone.

Here are a few ways we can support you:

  • A complete property management support service, including cleaning and linen supply.
  • A rolling 3-month contract, so no long-term agreements.
  • 24/7 guest support services and full listing management.
  • Competitive management fees.
  • Full access via your client portal.

If you have any questions about any of the above, you can contact us, and we will help in any way we can. We hope this article has been helpful, and we thank you for your cooperation!

Matt & Kerry Clayton
Pass the Keys – Holiday Let Management in the Peak District