When you’re renting an apartment, a room, or even an entire home, you still may be responsible for many of the utilities. But, you might not be able to make permanent changes in your living space as a tenant.
So, what can you do to save energy (and money) as a rental tenant, without breaking the rules of your lease?
We’ve got good news – there’s actually plenty you can do!
Use these little “hacks” to make your apartment more energy-efficient. In doing so, you’ll be able to save a little money and reduce your environmental impact with just a few simple changes.
Quick Window Insulation
Chances are, you’re not going to be able to install insulation throughout your apartment or rental home. Unfortunately, an improperly-insulated living space means it’s easy for cold air to get in and warm air to seep out.
One quick and inexpensive way to put a stop to this is to quickly insulate your windows. There are a few different ways to do this that don’t take a lot of time and won’t change the integrity of your living space.
Try using “draft stopper” on your window ledges or underneath any doors where you feel a breeze. These are inexpensive and can even be decorated to match your decor.
Turn Down Your Thermostat
If you’re able to control the thermostat in your rented space, try turning it down a few degrees. Turning it down just 10 degrees for eight hours can add up to a savings of 15% in your energy bills each year. You can turn it down while you’re away at work all day so you don’t have to worry about getting too cold while you’re in the apartment or home.
Use Cold Water
If you have your own washing machine in your rental home, try washing your clothes in cold water as often as possible. This way, the washer won’t have to use energy to heat up water, saving you money in the long run.
Another tip when you’re using your washing machine (or dishwasher, if you have one), is to make sure you only run it when you have a full load. Running multiple smaller loads not only wastes energy, but it wastes water, too. Even if you don’t pay for your utility bills, keep this tactic in mind. It can really help to cut down on wasted energy use.
As you can see, it’s easy to make a few adjustments and changes to your rental space that can save you money, save energy, and leave your lease in tact! If you’re a tenant in a rental home, don’t be afraid to get creative with different ways to save energy. Use these ideas to get you started, but consider other ways that you can develop “DIY” energy-saving solutions throughout your apartment or home. It doesn’t have to permanently change the structure or appearance of your space, so in the end – everyone wins!