Saving energy while you rent
If you pay your own electric bill in a rented home, you can reduce your energy
costs by using less electricity. Most of your energy dollars are spent to
heat your home during the winter and cool it during the summer. Many ways of reducing your bill can be accomplished
with little or no cost to you.
In the winter, keep your thermostat at 65 degrees when you are home and awake. Keep it at
60 degrees when you are asleep or not at home. Remember, though, that temperatures
should be kept higher if you live with small children or senior citizens.
In the summer, keep your thermostat at 80 degrees if you have central air conditioning.
Apply vinyl coverings, insulated shutters, window quilts or window stuffers
to windows. You can take them with you when you move.
Dont block radiators or baseboard heaters with furniture, rugs or curtains.
If you have an electric heating system, you are eligible for two different
electricity rates. Call Longmont Power & Communications at 651-8386 to
make sure you are on the most cost-effective rate for you.
If you think your home needs additional weatherization or insulation, research
costs and availability; then speak with your landlord.
Your hot water heater consumes approximately 15% of the total energy used
in your home. You can save money by reducing hot water
heater energy usage.
Turn the thermostat down to 120 degrees. Keeping the water temperature at
this lower temperature reduces the amount of time the heater must work.
Talk with your landlord about insulating your water heater tank and pipes.
Install low-flow shower heads. They save about 50% on water consumption,
including hot water, in the shower.