5 Ways You Could Use Less Energy in Your Rental
When you think of energy efficiency for your home, you probably think about smart thermostats and maintaining your HVAC system. But what about if you rent a home? You can’t exactly invest in some of these energy-saving innovations because often time this can be in the hands of your landlord.
If you rent a home, apartment, or townhome, these energy efficiency tips could help you potentially reduce your energy costs and help reduce the risks of climate change.
1. Optimize your thermostat
You probably see this often, and it’s for a reason. According to energy.gov, you can save about 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat back Programming your thermostat down 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. During the cooler season, it’s reccomended that you set your thermostat to 68° while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away.
2. Winterize your windows
This doesn’t mean add snowflake decor and lighting. Windows are one of the main ways that air can often leak into your home, also how your home loses heat in the Fall. If you rent an older building, consider adding two layers of weatherstripping products. (source: Energy.gov)
3. Draft proof your power outlets
If you place your hand near a power outlet on a cool day and feel any air cool air coming through, this could mean it’s time to seal them. Plastic outlet covers that parents often use to “baby-proof” homes, work great to help keep the cool air out of your rental property. (Source: moving.com)
4. Switch to energy-efficient lighting
You can light up your rental home using the same lighting by using cost-effective products. LED technology uses up to 90% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
5. Let your landlord know about any leaks
Leaky faucets and toilets waste lots of water, so instead of ignoring it because you’re renting the property, report it as soon as possible. This could help you save on your water and energy bill. Remember water uses energy to cool or heat.
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