Energy Saving Tips For Renters

At Ocean State, we are always trying to find ways to help homeowners save money and energy, but what about renters? Renters have to be very careful about any modifications they make. Many changes to the house could break the terms of the lease. Fear not, you do have some options available!

There are small changes that will impact your energy bill that you can make without permission from your landlord.

Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or halogen light bulbs and unplugging appliances when not in use are basic ways to cut energy costs.

Even if you landlord provides the big appliances such as refrigerator, stove, and oven, you can still look for Energy-Star rated small appliances. Nowadays, TVs, DVD players, and even cable boxes come with Energy Star ratings.

You can also buy an LCD TV instead of a plasma one to save energy. In winter months, putting heavy, dark curtains over your windows will add a layer of insulation to help cut heating costs.

It may take a little convincing to get your landlord to agree to some of these changes, but remind him that most of these energy saving upgrades are eligible for rebates. Offering to share the costs and then let him take the rebate credit could go a long way toward getting you a more energy efficient home.

 

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