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How To Make Your Vacation Rental Property Eco Friendly

by Brent May

If you are a new homeowner in Mexico, an investment entrepreneur or are looking to purchase a property in Mexico, this article outlines some of the opportunities to make a positive impact on the environment by making your Mexico vacation rental eco-friendly. Not only is it good for the planet, but it’s also good for your guests, who are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their travel on the environment.


A Steady Increase in Demand for Vacation Rentals

The Mexican tourism industry counted 45 million visitors in 2019 showing a steady increase over the previous 10 years. By 2022, the number of visitors was back up to 38.3 million. Total visitor numbers for 2023 are predicted to be nearly 40 million according the INEGI, the National Statistic Institute in Mexico based on monthly data early in 2023.

Mexico did not close during the pandemic and was the third most visited country in the world. Large resort areas like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta suffered during the pandemic from lower tourism numbers but smaller areas like Huatulco and the Oaxaca Coast in general, Yucatan and Mazatlan flourished. Many people came to visit and discover these lesser-known destinations and the purchase of vacation homes soared.

While the increase in demand for vacation rentals is great news for owners, it comes with opportunities and responsibilities to operate in a sustainable way. Making your vacation rental more environmentally friendly is probably a lot easier and less expensive than you think.

Read more: Investing in Real Estate in Huatulco: Short and Long Term Benefits

Here are some tips on how to make your Mexican vacation rental property eco-friendly while still keeping it fun and enjoyable for your guests.

  1. Use sustainable materials

The first step to making your vacation rental property eco-friendly is to use sustainable materials. When renovating your property, use materials that are environmentally friendly, such as stucco, reclaimed wood or bamboo. These materials are renewable, and they have a lower impact on the environment than traditional building materials. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also be creating a unique and stylish space that your guests will love.


  1. Install energy-efficient appliances

One of the biggest ways to reduce your vacation rental property’s carbon footprint is to install energy-efficient appliances. Energy-efficient appliances reduce your property’s energy consumption, which means lower electricity bills for you and a more sustainable property for your guests. Consider installing energy-efficient lighting, refrigerators, and air conditioners to reduce your property’s energy consumption.


  1. Use natural cleaning products

Using natural cleaning products is an easy way to make your vacation rental property more eco-friendly. Traditional cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can harm the environment and your guests. Instead, opt for natural cleaning products that are safe, effective and biodegradable. Vinegar, baking soda, and lemon/lime are natural cleaning products that are easily available and can be used to clean almost anything in your vacation rental property.


  1. Provide recycling bins

Recycling is an essential part of any eco-friendly property. Provide recycling bins with clear instructions for your guests to use, and make sure they are easily accessible. Label the bins clearly, and make sure your guests understand what can and cannot be recycled. This will help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and promote sustainable living.


  1. Encourage water conservation

Water conservation is a significant issue in many parts of the world, and Mexico is no exception. Encourage your guests to conserve water by providing them with low-flow shower heads, fixing any leaks, and making simple suggestions. Encourage guests to take shorter showers, turn off water while brushing teeth, and reuse towels and sheets as much as possible before washing. Consider installing low-flow toilets and faucets to reduce water consumption further.


  1. Use renewable energy sources

Renewable energy sources, such as solar power, are becoming increasingly popular in Mexico. Installing solar panels on your vacation rental property is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and generate your energy. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also be saving money on your electricity bills.


  1. Provide eco-friendly transportation options

Transportation is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, and it’s essential to provide your guests with eco-friendly transportation options. Encourage your guests to use public transportation and bicycles. Provide information about public transportation options and bike rental companies in the area.


  1. Furnish your place sustainably

Be selective about what you buy to furnish your rental property. Try to buy organic textiles, locally made products and recycled materials whenever possible.


  1. Educate your guests

Finally, as a rental owner, you can take an active role in educating your guests about eco friendly tourism in your community. You can provide an informative notebook explaining the local sustainable practices and even explaining why these practices are in place in your area. Provide information for local eco tours and activities so guests have educational experiences and can really appreciate the area and its resources. This allows them to also have a positive economic impact for the community. Read more: How To Really Get to Know the Nature of the Oaxaca Coast

Making your Mexican vacation rental property eco-friendly is easy and ultimately a good way to help the environment while providing your guests with a unique and enjoyable experience. By using sustainable materials, installing energy-efficient appliances, providing recycling bins, encouraging water conservation, using renewable energy sources, providing eco-friendly transportation options, and educating your guests, you can reduce your property’s carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment. Read more: Huatulco Receives EarthCheck Master Level Certification

If you’re looking for a new property to turn into a vacation rental business, we’re here to help. Our agents are experienced in the Mexico property purchase process guiding you every step of the way. Get to know us!


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