Environmentally friendly holidays are very much on-trend, but the focus is often on the journey and reducing carbon footprint rather than the end destination.
However, many travel companies focus on green destinations and green travel. These eco-friendly holiday packages support sustainable development, avoid a negative impact on the environment, and integrate with local communities to offer financial support.
That’s a big green tick, but what do you do if you have a holiday home?
Finding Eco-Friendly Local Contractors
Organizing repairs, renovation, and upgrades that are eco-friendly and sustainable may be straightforward enough for your own home but can be hard to arrange at a distance.
One of the best options is to use a local contractor because this will minimize environmental impact, but there are many other advantages.
Did you know that contractors have to obtain licensing for the state where they are working to trade?
Requirements vary from state to state, and organizations such as Contractor Training Center provide appropriate training and licensing. Always check out that the contractor you want to hire has the correct certificate for the state in which your holiday home is.
What Are the Advantages of Using a Local Contractor to Maintain Your Holiday Home?
Using local goods and services will reduce the carbon footprint for labor and materials, slashing those carbon miles.
Take your contractor’s advice when it comes to water management and energy consumption at the property.
There are lots of green options available, which might be a bit different from those where you live, and this is where a local company can help, particularly with knowledge about eco grants and schemes in the area.
How to Steer Your Guests Towards a Greener Vacation
If you want to help educate your guests about being a responsible tourist, then there is plenty of online information available. Share these resources to encourage them to take their vacation in a green and more sustainable way.
Here are some tips for making sure that your holiday home is a top eco-friendly destination:
- Water – fit a shower, not a bath in the property. Ensure that there are plenty of refillable water containers for guests to use when they are out and above. Provide eco-friendly products to launder towels and bed linen.
- Energy use – use sustainable energy sources to provide heating and hot water; your contractor can advise you on how best to do this.
- Local travel – encourage your guests to walk and cycle, provide bikes for them to use; also leave information about public transport in the area so they can minimize the use of their car and carbon emissions.
If you rent out your holiday home when you are not using it, then upping your green credentials can be a real pull for extra business—plus, it’s a great marketing tool! Help the planet, boost your rental income and get your local contractor onside to green up your repairs and maintenance.