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Ways to Save for Renters

Heating

  • Keep blinds open during the day to let direct sunlight generate warmth. Close them at night to hold in the heat.
  • Replace the air filter in your heating unit regularly.
  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees and lower it two or three degrees when you’re going to be gone for several hours.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Wear extra layers, add another blanket to your bed, etc. to feel warmer.
  • Caulk/weatherstrip around doors and windows to reduce drafts and improve comfort.
  •  Turn off bathroom ventilation fans immediately after use.

Cooling

  • Keep windows shaded to block out direct sunlight.
  • Replace the filter in your air conditioning unit regularly.
  • Set your thermostat between 76-78 degrees and raise it two to three degrees when you'll be away for several hours.
  • Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms to make your home feel cooler.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances. They add heat to your home.
  • Do cooking and other heat producing chores during cooler parts of the day.
  • Ask your landlord to service the AC at least once a year.

Water Heating

  • Set the water heater temperature at 120 degrees.
  • Take shorter showers. Studies show the average teenager spends 45 minutes in the shower!
  • Washing full loads of laundry can save you more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.
  • Use cold or warm water instead of hot to save.
  • Tell your landlord about dripping faucets or water heater leaks.

Lighting & Appliances

  • Turn off electronics and lights when not in use.
  • Eliminate phantom load by using a power strip for your computer and other electronics to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source.
  • Don't over dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it to automatically turn the machine off when clothes are done.
  • Clean the lint trap before every load.
  • Save energy by cooking with your microwave rather than a stove or traditional oven.