Sustainable living guide for renters

Being a renter has its challenges but here are some easy ways you can live a little greener.

We know that being a renter comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to creating an eco-friendly living space, but fear not! Even without owning your home, there are plenty of innovative ways to tread lightly on the planet and make a difference.  

Practical tips for creating a sustainable home

1. Energy efficiency

  • Switch to LED lighting: replace traditional bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Use smart power strips: plug electronics into smart power strips to prevent energy waste from standby power.
  • Seal drafts: use weatherstripping and caulking to seal gaps around windows and doors, reducing heating and cooling costs.

Want to know more? We’ve written a blog explaining everything you need to know about being more energy efficient in your home.  

2. Water conservation

  • Fix leaks: promptly repair leaky faucets and pipes to prevent water waste.
  • Install water-saving fixtures: replace old shower heads and faucets with low-flow models to conserve water.
  • Collect rainwater: set up rain barrels to collect rainwater for outdoor use in gardening or lawn maintenance.

Check out our blog all about ways to conserve water to learn more!

3. Waste reduction

  • Recycle: set up a recycling system for paper, plastic, glass, and metal materials (we’ve got a blog explaining how to recycle properly in the UK).
  • Compost: start a compost bin for food scraps and organic waste to divert it from landfills and create nutrient-rich soil.
  • Reduce single-use plastics: opt for reusable bags, containers, and utensils to minimise plastic waste.

4. Eco-friendly decor

  • Choose sustainable materials: furnish your home with furniture and decor made from eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, reclaimed wood, or recycled plastic.
  • Use low-voc paints: select paints with low volatile organic compound (VOC) levels to improve indoor air quality.
  • Bring in plants: incorporate indoor plants to purify the air and add a touch of nature to your living space.  

Navigating conversations with landlords

Communicating with landlords about implementing sustainable changes can be daunting but is often more straightforward than anticipated. Here are some tips for navigating these conversations:

  • Research: present your landlord with well-researched options and solutions that demonstrate the benefits of sustainable practices, such as energy cost savings or property value increases.
  • Offer collaboration: propose collaborative efforts, such as cost-sharing for energy-efficient upgrades or volunteering to oversee waste reduction initiatives.
  • Highlight benefits: emphasise the positive impacts of sustainable changes, such as improved property value, tenant satisfaction, and reduced maintenance costs.
  • Provide resources: offer resources and information to support your proposals, such as government incentives for energy-efficient upgrades or local recycling programs.


As renters, we still have the power to transform our homes into sustainable havens that benefit both the environment and our well-being.

For more tips on sustainable living and eco-friendly home solutions, visit our Green Hub.  

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