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Key Tips for becoming Energy Efficient

Butler & Stag pride ourselves in trying to be as efficient as possible for the planet. We thought we would try and give our advice over to our tenants and landlords to see if they can not only make a saving on their bills but also make a difference to the planet.

As our planet faces environmental challenges, it's crucial for both tenants and landlords to play their part in conserving energy and reducing waste. Small changes in our daily habits can lead to significant improvements for the environment. In this blog, we'll explore ways tenants and landlords can work together to save energy and protect our planet.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The UK generates over 434 million tonnes of waste every year, and it's our collective responsibility to minimize this impact. Tenants and landlords can start by adopting a robust recycling program.

For tenants: Make sure to sort your waste properly. Recycling isn't limited to glass bottles and paper; it includes plastic, electronics, and much more. Every small effort counts.

For landlords: Provide designated recycling bins in your rental properties and encourage your tenants to recycle. Make sure tenants understand the local recycling guidelines to ensure that they're recycling effectively.

Energy Efficiency

Saving energy not only reduces your carbon footprint but also cuts down on utility bills. Here's how you can achieve this:

For tenants:
Use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances.
Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows to prevent drafts.
Unplug devices and chargers when not in use.
Turn off lights and heating/cooling systems when you leave a room.

For landlords:
Invest in energy-efficient appliances and fixtures.
Ensure proper insulation in your properties.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate heating and cooling.
Encourage tenants to report and fix any energy wastage issues promptly.

Minimize Food Waste

It's shocking to note that 50% of food purchased in the UK goes to waste. This not only strains your budget but also contributes to landfills. Here's what you can do:

For tenants:
Plan meals, make shopping lists, and buy only what you need.
Store food properly to extend its shelf life.
Compost organic waste if possible.

For landlords:
Consider providing compost bins or offering guidelines on composting.
Educate tenants about the importance of reducing food waste.

Repurposing and Recycling

Did you know that glass bottles can be recycled into house insulation and plastic bottles into fleece jackets? This is an excellent way to give items a second life while reducing waste.

For tenants:
Look for opportunities to repurpose or recycle items before discarding them.
For landlords:

Encourage tenants to donate or recycle unwanted items when moving out.
Consider working with local recycling programs for bulk waste collection.

Choose Eco-friendly Products

Tenants and landlords can opt for environmentally friendly products, such as cleaning supplies, paints, and materials for renovations and maintenance. These products are often less harmful to the environment and the health of occupants.

By following these simple steps, both tenants and landlords can make a positive impact on the environment and create a more sustainable living environment. Taking care of the planet is everyone's responsibility, and together, we can work towards a cleaner and greener future for the UK and the world.

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