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Energy Saving Tips

Cost and Energy Saving Tips for Renters

How can you save money and stay green? Cut back on your use! Here are a few tips to help you with both goals:

Conserve Heat:

  • Ask your landlord to caulk or weather strip any leaks to windows, doors, etc. to trap escaping air.
  • During the winter set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night or when no one is home.
  • Keep drapes and furniture away from baseboards so heat can flow freely.
  • Instead of turning up heat, wear a sweater, a blanket, or a bathrobe.
  • If you have good windows, open curtains to let the sun in during the day and close them to keep the heat in at night.

Conserve Cool:

  • Instead of turning on the air conditioner, put on a pair of shorts or turn on a fan.
  • Clean your AC filter.
  • Set your air conditioner to 78 degrees. Keeping it lower than that can raises your costs by 40%.
  • Don't air-condition an empty room.
  • Install a programmable thermostat on your AC so you can set it to cool off your place 30 minutes before you come home.
  • Use fans instead of air conditioners to significantly reduce your energy use.
  • Shade windows facing south, east, and west to keep unwanted heat out of your apartment.

Water Heating:

  • Conserve hot water.
  • Take showers rather than baths.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead.


  • Use fluorescent energy efficient bulbs that use 25% less energy and last 10 times longer than regular bulbs. They can also be recycled.
  • Shut off lights when you leave a room.
  • During the day open your curtains and let the sun do your lighting.
  • Outdoors use motion censored lighting.

Appliances and Electronics:

  • When you have control, purchase energy efficient models to save up to 30% on your energy costs over the life of the product.
  • Turn off and unplug items when you are not using the (this includes TVs, cable boxes, computers, etc.)
  • Plug home entertainment systems into power strips to make it easy to turn them on or off.
  • Set your computer to hibernate when not in use for 30 minutes.
  • Turn your monitor off when you leave the room for more than 20 minutes.
  • Unplug phone, MP3, and PDA chargers when not in use. They use electricity even when they are just plugged in.
  • Pack items tightly in the freezer to keep things cool and loosely in the refrigerator to allow air to flow.
  • Cover liquids in the refrigerator.
  • Use a microwave versus an oven when possible. They use less than half the energy.
  • Use a crock pot for recipes that have long cooking times.
  • Don't preheat your oven for more than 5-8 minutes.
  • Don't open your oven door unless needed. It loses 25-50 degrees.
  • Use glass or ceramic pans. They allow you to reduce cooking temps by 25 degrees while maintaining the same cook time.
  • Scrape dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
  • Run a dishwasher only when full.
  • Use the air dry feature on your dishwasher and prop the door open after the final rinse.
  • Run your washing machine with cold water.
  • Clean your lint filter before each load.


  • Pay your bills online. Save paper and money on stamps.
  • Print only what you need. Save paper, ink, etc.
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