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Energy-saving Tips for Tenants

As renters, you may not have the ability to upgrade appliances yourself in the home you’re renting, but there are things you can do to save energy and reduce your utility bills. Experts recommend that tenants occupying a property for less than two years should employ no-cost and low-cost strategies for reducing usage and costs as opposed to putting in the effort to make changes to the property itself. When you receive pushback from the property owners themselves, it simply won’t be worth the effort.

No-cost and Low-cost Strategies

No-cost energy saving strategies cover habit and behavior, such as:

  • turning off lights and electronics in unoccupied rooms
  • unplugging appliances and chargers when not in use
  • running only full loads in dishwashers and washing machines
  • limiting/monitoring/scheduling the use of the thermostat

Low-cost energy saving strategies cover tools and projects, such as:

  • installing flow restrictors for the shower and other faucets
  • switching out incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs (you can take them with you when you move)

Thermostat Usage Tips

As a rule of thumb, summertime settings for occupied dwellings should stay at about 76 degrees Fahrenheit and wintertime settings 68 degrees. If you’re going to be gone for a while, either turn off the thermostat or remember to program it to conserve energy while you’re away.

Talk to An Energy Expert

For renters planning on remaining at a property for more than two years, we encourage you to work with your landlords and energy experts to make lasting energy saving changes to the property.

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