Light Up Your Laundry Life…But Only if You’re in the Room!
We have previously talked about the importance of having a laundry room as a valuable amenity for your tenants. While having a laundry room may not technically be required under the law of Implied Warranty of Habitability, lack of it can certainly be frustrating to deal with as a tenant. With people spending as much as between thirty minutes to two hours per week on laundry, apartment complexes that provide this facility act as a great attraction for renters. Not only does the proximity of a laundry room add to the convenience, the fact that it is accessible 24 hours a day and that the tenants can set the washer/dryer in use and go back to their apartment unit to do other things, is an invaluable perk.
As a property owner you tend to benefit from the fact that you not only attract potential renters but also ensure their satisfaction and eventual retention. While not offering on-site laundry facilities might save you from a few maintenance issues, your apartment is more likely to be overlooked by a lot of renters. On the other hand, having on-site laundry vs in-unit laundry also ensures that you do not need to keep the rentals as being too prohibitive. This is made possible by ensuring that the right laundry room etiquette is followed, which in turn ensures that your maintenance costs do not go through the roof when it comes to energy and water consumption.
How to Lessen Electricity Usage in the Laundry Room?
Speaking of energy consumption, the laundry room should have sufficient lighting. However, in a room that tenants do not spend more than 15 minutes sorting through clothes or using the washer/dryers before leaving, having the lights on an entire day can certainly translate into a high electricity bill. Luckily, we have a few suggestions for you to help lessen electricity usage in your laundry rooms.
For starters, make sure the bulbs are as energy-efficient as possible. Try upgrading if you are using older fluorescent bulbs. Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs have become the most popular energy-saving lighting replacements. LED bulbs, while seemingly more expensive upfront, use significantly fewer watts, according to The Simple Dollar. Once you upgrade, consider installing manual timer switch controls, as they work well with either CFL or LED lighting systems, according to the Department of Energy. Using a timer switch puts the power of lighting in your tenants’ hands. They can set the amount of time needed, do their laundry, and leave the room without wasting more energy than necessary. Using these methods can potentially save you hundreds of dollars in electricity costs.
Other Laundry Room Etiquette
Some of the other aspects of laundry room etiquette to enforce is to see that tenants follow the instructions mentioned on the laundry machines and to ensure that there is no overloading. Not only will it ensure the machine isn’t damaged, but it will also not result in damage to the laundry. If the fear of damage to the advanced laundry equipment is what is holding you back, you could also consider leasing the laundry room to a washer provider that could even add a passive revenue stream to your operations. Additionally, ensuring that a laundry schedule for tenants is set up will go a long way in ensuring that people do not hog machines and that what is meant to be a source of convenience does not become a source of frustration.