Making your guest house available as a summer vacation rental is a great way to earn a passive income so you can spend less time working and more time enjoying the season with friends and family. But the extra energy costs associated with your guests' stay can gobble up some of your profits if you don't plan for the extra power consumption.
Increasing your rental rates to make up for the extra energy costs can be helpful; however, you may find that this tactic makes it tougher to compete with other nearby rental options. Alternatively, you can save money on energy costs by implementing the following tips and tricks:
Service Your Air Conditioner
To ensure your air conditioner performs with little effort while guests are staying in your rental, it's important to schedule a service appointment with your technician, like one from Mike's Bremen Service Inc, right before the summer season starts. The less work your air conditioner has to do, the lower your energy bills are sure to be on a monthly basis and you'll likely face fewer repairs as time goes on. You should find that servicing your air conditioning system extends its overall life so you don't have to replace it in order to keep your guests comfortable.
In addition to having a professional service your air conditioning system, it's a good idea to clean the air filters once a month during the summer season so air flow remains clean and effective when guests are present. If you find any rips, holes, or tears in the filters skip the cleaning and replace them altogether. Otherwise, if they're in good shape simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth before replacing them in your system.
Cover the Window Panes
You can help cut down on glare, keep indoor temperatures comfortable with minimal use of the air conditioner, and save costs on energy by applying window insulation film on each pane of your guest house. Not only will window insulation film cut energy costs and enhance your guests' experience, but they'll also protect the home's interior walls, floors, and furniture from sun damage due to harmful UV rays.
What's more is that insulation film comes in a variety of tint colors, textures, and designs to increase curb appeal and increase guest attraction. It's even possible to turn your windows into stained glass with the right insulation film, which is an excellent option for small garden cottages and beach cabins.
Set a Few Basic Ground Rules
Yet another way to effectively minimize needless energy use is to set a few basic ground rules for your guests to follow while they're staying with you. The rules should be included in your rental contract so each guest has to document that they agree to those rules by signing off on them. Here are a few important points to consider incorporating into your own list of rules:
- All lights should be turned off before leaving the rental unit at any time, day or night.
- If background noise is needed at night, a radio should be used instead of the television.
- To cool off in the unit portable or ceiling fans should be utilized before the air conditioner is turned on.
- The curtains on windows that tend to get hit with direct sunlight should be kept closed during daylight hours.
These rules are straight forward enough that your guests should be able to follow them without the need for any micromanagement or inconvenience.
By making use of these tips and tricks, you should be able to minimize your extra energy costs without sacrificing the assurance of a comfortable experience for your guests throughout the hot summer months.