WEEanswers: How Can Renters Achieve Greater Energy Savings?

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How Can I Save Energy As A Renter?

As a renter, convincing the building’s owner to make significant structural retrofits to a property may pose some challenges. However, building owners or landlords are often happy to make smaller improvements and invest in efficient upgrades which can increase the value of the property and in-turn, achieve energy savings.

When it is not possible to carry out deep energy retrofit projects, such as replacing the roof, or upgrading heating and cooling systems — there are still minor retrofits or “low hanging fruit” upgrades and modifications which can reap energy savings.

Where to start with home energy upgrades as a renter?

1. Watch your windows for energy savings

As a renter, an easy way to save energy is to start with your windows! For example, during warm summer days, close curtains or blinds on windows receiving direct sunlight to prevent heat gain.

During cooler winter days, leave window coverings open to absorb sunlight during the day, and keep them closed at night to reduce the heat loss from the home. Most conventional window coverings can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10% and increase home comfort with more stable temperatures.

2. Smart thermostats = automated energy savings

It can also be beneficial to install programmable or smart thermostats, which can automatically manage your heating or cooling to deliver the most efficient and cost-effective performance. These thermostats help avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

Other Ways to Help Reduce Energy Waste

As spring unfolds, it’s a great time to think about including energy efficiency as part of your spring cleaning checklist! We compiled a list of energy saving best practices that you should definitely review.

Here are a few quick ones to get you started:

  • Unplug devices not being used
  • Caulk and seal windows and doors
  • Switch to energy efficient bulbs and water-saving shower heads
  • Cleaning refrigerator coils to ensure optimal performance

Although these upgrades may seem relatively simple, they can make a large impact on energy consumption.

MyHEAT reveals wasted energy loss in homes and buildings around the world to promote greater energy efficiency and to help you lower your energy bills.

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