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5 Energy Savings Tips for Renters

People who rent an apartment or home must often get approval from a property owner or management company to make upgrades, so it may be difficult to make energy-efficient upgrades. 

However, there are some simple ways you can make changes to save energy.

  1. Set Your Thermostat at an Energy-Saving Temperature. In the summer, 
    set your thermostat to 78 degrees. Lower settings increase operating 
    costs approximately 5% for every degree below 78 degrees. In the winter, 
    set your thermostat at 68 degrees. 
  2. Change Light Bulbs. An easy way to trim your energy use is to switch 
    your light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs. Light bulbs that 
    are ENERGY STAR®-certified use up to 90% less energy than traditional 
  3. Use a Ceiling Fan. By using a ceiling fan in a room, you’ll 
    feel cooler, making it less likely you’ll need to lower your 
    thermostat. In the summer, set your ceiling fan to operate 
  4. Unplug Electronics. When electronics are turned off, but 
    still plugged in, they can continue to use electricity, including 
    device chargers. You can eliminate this wasted energy by 
    simply unplugging devices when not in use. 
  5. Use Blinds or Curtains. To keep the heat out during warm days, close 
    your curtains or tilt your blinds up to divert heat away. In the winter, keep 
    curtains open and tilt blinds down to let in warmth.

For more energy-saving ideas, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave.