TOP 10 HOME ENERGY TIPS For Renters
I used to think that you had to own a home to really make a dent in being energy efficient, little did I know that as a renter there were things that I could do around my home to not only save money but be more energy conscious. Here are some ways you can as well.
- Wash clothes in cold water
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.
- Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)
- Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescents, CFLs and LEDs.
- Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products.
- Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.
- Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
- Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially-designed “blanket” to retain the heat
- Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.
So what are some ways you do your thing to save energy around your home? I’ve teamed up with Energy Upgrade California to share ways that I currently “do my thing” and I’d love for you guys to join in! So take a selfie like the one below and let me know! I’d love to retweet you on my social channels so we can really spread awareness about this topic!