How to Make Your Holiday Home More Eco-friendly

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Guest Writer
Three men installing solar panels

While staying in your holiday home guests are often pleased to see eco-friendly appliances, and what’s more, you’ll be helping the environment. This includes the use of solar panels, for example, which produce sustainable energy and may even help you keep the costs of running your property down.

Interesting facts and figures

  • According to a recent survey, 79 per cent of holiday makers prefer to choose accommodation that adopts eco-friendly policies.
  • 71 per cent plan to make more eco-friendly choices when booking accommodation in the next 12 months.
  • Worldwide tourism accounts for around 4 per cent of all carbon emissions, with 38 per cent of this coming from air travel.
  • Solar power is estimated to reduce the carbon emissions from an average holiday home by in excess of one tonne of C02 per year – that’s the C02 emitted by a flight taking off from London and landing at Sydney, Australia.

Adopting green habits including renewable energy methods saves your bank account as well as the environment, and your guests will often be more than happy to get involved. Being eco-friendly is easy and simply a matter of adopting a few new habits.

Man enjoys his holiday home

Green tips for your holiday home

  • Switch off all appliances, including lights and heaters when you are not using them – this includes not leaving them with the standby light on.
  • Fill the dishwasher fully before using it or use the half load button and switch it off when the wash is finished.
  • Try to use the oven hob instead of the main oven, which consumes far more electricity than the rest of the cooker.
  • Turn off the tap and don’t leave it running when brushing teeth or shaving. Get dripping taps fixed and you could save several litres of water daily.
  • Avoid using the tumble dryer when it’s dry and sunny enough to hang washing outside.
  • Don’t wash your clothes at over 40 degrees and use stain remover if necessary instead. Press the “half load” button if you are not filling up the machine completely.
  • Use economy settings on dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Switch thermostats down on heating and up on air conditioning. Ceiling fans use less electricity than air conditioning and often do as good a job of cooling down a room.
  • In the UK we recycle, and in your permanent and holiday homes the same rules apply whenever possible: yellow for plastics, blue for paper and green for bottles.
  • Use low energy light bulbs. They last around 25 times longer than normal light bulbs and you will not need to change them often. Plus, they use about 10 per cent less energy.
  • Installing solar panels is costly but it’s a well-known fact that green energy saves thousands in the long term and reduces the carbon footprint of your holiday rental considerably. Any excess energy you produce can be fed back into the national grid and in the UK you will receive payment for it via Feed-in tariffs.
  • Recommend local amenities to your guests which don’t involve unnecessary car journeys.

These tips are non-advisery and are merely meant as a general guide to eco-friendly holiday letting. For professional advice, please consult registered service providers. For all options on insurance for holiday homes, call our insurance centre on 0333 014 4514.