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How to Ensure an Eco-Friendly Vacation Let

  • 2017-04-19

With the limitations on natural resources, it has become more important than ever to work towards a sustainable, environmentally friendly vacation let. To use a local example here in South Africa, the past few months have seen many properties look at water-wise technology as water restrictions continue to tighten. Currently, as of the beginning of 2017, the city has entered level 3B restrictions, with watering of gardens only permitted on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09h00 or after 18h00. Watering may only be done with a bucket, and hosepipes, sprinklers and washing of cars is strictly prohibited. Topping up of swimming pools is allowed only if the pools are fitted with covers. For homeowners, these regulations can be frustrating enough. But for those in the short term rentals industry, it can be challenging having to adhere to restrictions and also explain to guests why the garden may not be as green as expected.

How to Ensure an Eco-Friendly Vacation Let

Green technology is not really new. Over the years however, it has become more commonplace in the vacation let industry. From grey water systems to solar powered geysers and compost bins, modern vacation lets are finding ways to reduce their property’s environmental impact.

Moving Towards a Sustainable Vacation Let

Is it really worthwhile to consider green technology or features for your vacation let? In a nutshell, yes. Today’s travellers are more aware than ever before. Many have embraced sustainable practices in their own homes. Green tech can even help you save on rates and resources, too, which in turn makes it a worthwhile investment that offers tangible returns. Some of the green features that you could consider adding to your vacation let include the following:

  • Grey water systems. This system requires water outlet pipes that are above the level of the garden. This ensures that there is sufficient water pressure for water from baths, showers, dishwashers, washing machines and sinks to be used in the garden.
  • Gas heaters and stoves. Gas stoves are a cost-effective solution that are also better for the environment, helping to reduce the property’s overall power usage. Likewise, gas heaters are more effective than electrical heaters, as they use less resources and last a lot longer.
  • Solar geysers. In countries such as South Africa that have a high number of sunny days, it makes sense that solar heating is a viable solution. Solar geysers are especially effective during the hot summer months, helping to save energy by using the natural heat of the sun to heat water for baths, showers and sinks.
  • Compost bins. Composting is slowly progressing into to the mainstream. In a beach house or short term let, it may seem impractical. You may well find however that guests will be more than happy to throw their vegetable and fruit scraps into the provided compost bin if they know it is there.
  • Recycling. On a similar note, providing a recycling bin and arranging a recycling collection service for your property is another simple way to make your let green without any major effort. There are a number of affordable collection services operating in Cape Town.


Ultimately, it does not take too much money or effort to ensure that your vacation rental is lowering its environmental impact. If your property is expertly managed by a reliable, experienced vacation rental manager, you can be sure that your guests will stay loyal through your green efforts.

P.S. View more tips on additions that add value to your property in our article on essential vacation rental upgrades.