Resources for Renters
Energy savings are for renters, too!
The following links offer no cost and low cost ideas to lower your utility bills. Some of these strategies require a change in your habits and cost nothing while others require small initial investments that will likely pay for themselves in energy savings over time. And when it is time to move, you can either leave the improvements intact and sell them to the future tenants or take them with you to your next home.
Note: Ask permission from your landlord for some energy saving strategies and before making any physical changes to the property. The rule is, ask first and get permission in writing. Sealing up drafts with caulking or foam sealant, or putting plastic film over your windows to keep heat in may seem noninvasive but may be prohibited in a standard lease. Plan A should be to do some research, develop a reasonable plan, identify rebates, and then ask the landlord to make the changes. In addition to making physical changes, there ARE many things you can do that you do NOT need permission to do. See the suggestions in the articles and sites below.
Top 10 No Cost and Low Cost Tips for Saving Energy and Money Example: Air Leaks – If you feel warm or cold drafts in your home, particularly near wall outlets, windows, doors and fireplaces, then consider air sealing. On windows, use weatherstrip tape along the gap where the glass meets the frame. To stop leakage under exterior doors, install an inexpensive door sweep. If the door leaks around the entire frame, install foam weatherstripping with adhesive backing between the door and the frame.
Home Energy Self Assessment – Energy efficiency is an investment that can help you gain a return on your energy bill and on the value of your home. Save money by conducting a do-it- yourself home energy assessment. With a simple but careful inspection, you can identify areas in your home where you are losing energy. this checklist will help you organize your assessment so you can pinpoint the energy efficiency improvements you need to make.
Carbon monoxide (Co) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. While you can’t see or smell it, breathing high concentrations of it can kill you and your loved ones within minutes. Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can make you sick.
You can further reduce your utility bills by following the tips in these sections:
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Resources:
- Heating and Cooling (if you control the thermostat)
- Home Office and Home Electronics
Other suggestions and Resources:
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to take control of your heat and cooling levels, which will reduce your energy use and lower your bills. A good thermostat can be found for under $35 and installed in just a an hour or two.
- The Importance of Air Sealing
- Learning To Love Caulk: 5 Eco-Friendly Options
- How To: Make Your Own Draft Dodger
- Zip-A-Way: Removable Window Sealant
- 5 Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter
- Smart Power Strips to Cut Down On Power
- 10 Devices To Help You Plug Electrical Leaks & Save Energy
- iGo Green Technology Surge Protector: A Great Way to Save Money on Power
- Belkin Introduces a Slew of Energy Saving Accessories
- The Lightbulb Wars: The Best Lighting For Your Home
- The Energy Impact of LED vs CFL vs Incandescent Lighting
- How to Buy the Right CFL: A Cheat Sheet
- Controlling Humidity Levels at Home
- Roundup: Unobtrusive Humidifiers
- 5 Humidifiers to Consider
- Monitor Humidity Levels to Save Archived Memories