Top 5 Money & Energy Saving Tips for Airbnb Hosts

Although holiday makers can no longer make use of Airbnb rentals during these uncertain times with COVD-19, Airbnb hosts can still accommodate stays for frontline health workers. Read more about it HERE.



Becoming an Airbnb host is becoming more and more popular. It might be your side hustle, or now your main form of income. Either way, smart hosts will try and improve profits, in anyway possible. Some guests can make this hard to happen sometimes when they overuse your utilities. To cover these costs, some hosts might increase the price of a stay. However, a smart host will implement our Top 5 energy saving tips for Airbnb hosts:



Tip #1: Monitoring your energy usage

Monitoring your energy can provide data about consumption patterns, which can give details on what needs to be done around your home/rental to reduce your energy bills. With the Smappee Infinity, you can monitor individual room appliances or even automate these appliances to shut-off when there is no tenants in your rental. Unlike most smart energy monitors, Smappee can optimise your energy load based on your energy usage and/or solar energy stored. With the Smappee energy monitor, you can save up to 12% off your energy use. For more information about the Smappee, contact us.



Tip #2: Efficient lighting using energy saving bulbs and/or automation

One of the easiest ways to save energy is to swap out your old lights for new and efficient LED lights. LEDs are more efficient as they limit heat exposure, are eco friendly and more affordable. You can read more about LEDs in one of our past blog posts HERE. Already have LEDs and your power bill is still sky high? Why not consider automating lighting in your Airbnb rental?

You can easily do this with the Smappee Infinity


We recommend using since it is compatible with the Smappee ecosystem and you can create even further automations through the Smappee App, such as changing the bulb colour to red when there is high power usage. These automations could save you energy and your power bill with Airbnb tenants. Installing these smart lights will also save you on changing lightbulbs too, with the average smart light bulb lasting 25,000 hours. The average lightbulb generally lasts 1,000 to 2,000 hours according to Bulbs.com


Alternatively, if you are not a fan of smart lighting, another way that you can save power with your lights is using motion detecting sensor lights. This will help avoid having your Airbnb tenants leaving the lights on 24/7 during their stay.



Tip #3: Use sensors and smart thermostats

Whenever we go away on holidays, nobody ever worries about AC usage; and your Airbnb tenants will be the exact same! However, you can save energy and increase their comfort with a smart thermostat. Installing a smart thermostat will allow you to control the AC remotely. We recommend using the Nest Learning Thermostat as it is compatible with the Smappee ecosystem. Smart thermostats can help you save energy as you can control them remotely. You can even put a protective passcode on it so that tenants can’t override your settings. However, we do recommend checking to see if your heating/cooling system is compatible with a smart thermostat before purchasing.



Tip #4: Improve your installation

Installation can make a huge difference to your lowering your electricity bill and save energy. It’s important to ensure that windows are sealed correctly, whether you are hosting in a house or an apartment. Faulty window seals, for both the interior and exterior of the window, can contribute to energy loss. For example, when the air conditioner is running, the nice cool air can escape out of windows that aren’t insulated properly. This means you air conditioner would have to work overtime, and you having to pay a higher electricity bill. 


Save energy and repair all your windows. Repairing your window seal can be as simple as doing it yourself with quality caulking and weather stripping from your local hardware store. Alternatively, you could also install double glazing on your windows. Doing these yourself will help even further with your savings!



Tip #5: Upgrade to energy saving appliances / check your Energy Rating

Though not regulated by the Australian Government, the ENERGY STAR label still acts a “seal of approval” for purchasers that the product is highly energy efficient. Products with an ENERGY STAR label can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%. Any appliance in your home can have an ENERGY STAR rating. Based on the Australian Energy Rating system, next time you are making a purchase, try and buy a product with the highest amount of stars that you can. This means the appliance uses less power than its lower rated alternatives. The appliance may be more costly upfront, but it will last longer and run more efficiently, thus saving you on your energy bills in the long run!


Monitoring energy use is one of the most under-utilised ways to save energy amongst Airbnb hosts. However, with automating the shutdown of your appliances, keep in mind the comfort of your customers. Do you have any other tips of how you save power as an Airbnb host? Let us know in the comments below.



Items recommended in this post:

Smappee Infinity
Smappee Switch
Nest Learning Thermostat
Philips Hue Lights

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