Friday, July 1, 2016

8 Energy Saving Tips for Renters

Trying to save energy is a struggle that the majority of us face.  It can be even more of a struggle for those of us that do not own our own place.  When you are renting usually you have to work with whatever appliances and tools they give you.  This usually means older thermostats, incandescent light bulbs, and out dated washer and dryer models. Sometimes you get lucky and find a place with newer models, but for times you don't there are a few other tricks and tips you can do to save energy.

Energy saving tips for renters-

  1. Turn out the lights.  -  This tip is fairly straightforward. Don't leave lights on in rooms if you are not in them. Just don't do it.
  2. Wash your clothes in cold water.  -  This is of course only if you have an in home washer. Washers waste more energy using hot water than just running the the motor.  Remember to check the clothes you are washing because some are not supposed to be washed in cold water.
  3. Use LED or CFL light bulbs.  -  Get rid of the old incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy saving LED bulbs or at very least CFLs.  They will save you upwards of 75% more energy than incandescent bulbs.
  4. Adjust your thermostat.  -  If you do not have a smart or programmable thermostat be sure to adjust your thermostat when leaving for a while.  (Turn up the temperature in the summer and turn down the temperature in the winter.)
  5. Open your windows.  -  On cooler summer days turn off the A/C and open all your windows.  Not only will this save you energy but it will air out your home and let in some fresh air.
  6. Purchase blackout curtains.  -  Blackout curtains are an excellent buy for rooms that have windows directly facing the sun.  When the sun beats down through windows it can raise the temperature in the room.  Blackout curtains will block the sun's rays and heat from coming through, keeping the room nice and cool.
  7. Use surge protector power strips.  -  
    Not only will this help protect your devices from electrical surges, but it also allows you to turn off the power to all your devices/appliances at once. Some devices like TVs never fully turn off unless they're unplugged.  Instead they are put in standby mode so that they can react quickly when you use the remote control.  These are known as "energy vampires" because they continue to suck up energy even after you turn them "off".
  8. Air dry your laundry.  -  Your clothes dryer takes a lot of energy to run.  If you have the room try setting your clothes out to dry on a rack or clothes line.  If you do this outside your closes should gain a nice fresh air smell.

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