5 Low Cost Energy Tips for Renters
Whether you rent or own your home, anyone can take steps to save money on their electric bill.
For renters, it may be difficult to make major energy efficiency improvements – like replacing a heat pump or water heater – when you don’t have control of those purchases. But there are steps you can take to lower your monthly bill.
Watch for Energy Wasters
Look for other steps to save energy in your home, like unplugging devices not used frequently, or using the dishwasher or washer only with full loads.
Close Blinds & Curtains
By closing blinds and curtains on windows receiving direct sunlight in the summer, you can reduce the amount of heat accumulating in your home.
Replace Weather Stripping
If there are air drafts around doors, you could be losing energy. Ask your landlord to replace weather stripping or consider it as a DIY project. Installing weather stripping is an affordable and easy way to help save energy.
Manage Your Thermostat
For maximum savings, keep your thermostat set to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. A programmable or smart thermostat could help save as much as 10% annually in energy costs. If you don’t have a programmable or smart thermostat in your home, talk to your landlord about the value of installing one.
Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs, which use less energy. By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® rated bulbs, you can save $45 each year, according to Energy.gov.