Single-family build-to-rent (SFR) specialist Gatehouse Investment Management has launched a new pilot scheme, in partnership with United Utilities, to help residents within its portfolio live more sustainably.

Phase one of the trial will see families from 200 homes receive “Go-Green” gift packs containing items to help them reduce waste, energy consumption and water usage.

The reusable jute bags will include energy saving light bulbs, bamboo toilet rolls, bamboo toothbrushes and brushing timers, fat traps, SwellGel for plant watering, special strips to identify cistern leaks and advisory leaflets on best practices. United Utilities is providing the packs, with the partnership facilitated by specialist consultancy Skewb Green.

The second part of the pilot will see property managers from Ascend – the UK’s largest manager of SFH, which oversees Gatehouse IM’s portfolios – given bespoke ‘Green Living’ training to help residents get the most out of the gift packs and incorporate further energy-saving and sustainable practices into their daily lives.

This latest initiative is part of Gatehouse IM’s wider commitment to sustainability, which includes efforts to improve the EPC ratings of all homes within its portfolios and working with development partners to deliver homes that are energy efficient with a long-term outlook.

Paul Stockwell, Group Managing Director of Gatehouse Build-to-Rent Group, said: “Helping residents to live more sustainably – both through providing energy-efficient homes and initiatives such as this – is a key part of Gatehouse IM’s wider commitments. The “Go Green” gift pilot will see residents given the tools and advice to reduce both consumption and bills, driving better outcomes not just for the environment but the families involved too.”

“This new partnership with United Utilities is the start of an exciting journey, and the latest part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability across our portfolio. We look forward to growing our collaboration with United Utilities to help residents embrace a greener lifestyle. Let’s make a positive impact together.”

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