Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Running an Airbnb is like running a business. As an Airbnb homeowner I’m always trying to manage my expenses, and one of the biggest variable expenses for an Airbnb or Vrbo is the monthly utility bill - it’s not uncommon for Airbnbs with heating and AC to have monthly bills of over $500 per month.
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If you have a home in a cold climate like a cabin or lodge, your heating bill can add up to hundreds of dollars a month, especially if it’s an older home. If you don’t have remote access to your thermostat, your heating bill may be much more than it needs to be. For example, when your property isn’t occupied, you may be heating an empty home. Hosts in a hot climate face a similar problem - it’s likely that a guest could blast your AC during their reservation and leave it on after they leave, cooling an empty home.
Most people have their cleaners control the heating/AC but that system isn’t perfect; not all cleaners may remember to adjust the thermostat and frankly, do they care if they forget? They aren’t paying the bills.
So what can you do? It’s estimated that you can save up to 20% on your heating and AC when using a smart thermostat for your Airbnb. Smart thermostats are readily available and fairly straightforward to install. Most come with instructions or you can hire someone to install it.
Once your smart thermostat is installed, you can use these simple tips to maximize savings on your energy bill:
Remotely turn down your heating or AC when your guest checks-out.
Preheat or precool the property a few hours before the guest arrives to ensure they’re comfortable without needing to adjust the thermostat on their own.
Limit the minimum and maximum temperature your guest can set the thermostat.
If you have an open/close sensor, remotely turn down your heating or AC when a window or door is left open for too long.
With these simple techniques you can potentially dramatically reduce your monthly energy bill.
To make things easier for you, Neome offers an app that automates the entire process. You can buy a smart thermostat from Neome and have their app integrate with your Airbnb and VRBO calendar. Simply set up the rules (like upper and lower limits for the thermostat) and Neome will work behind the scenes to save you energy. For many homes, the savings will more than pay for the device and subscription.
Click here to calculate how much you could save on your energy bill with Neome's smart thermostat for Airbnbs.
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