If you rent a home, you may think there isn’t much that can be done in terms of saving energy. But there are actually quite a few ways non-homeowners can reduce their spending on energy, along with water and other waste.
According to Energy.gov, when you leave your house always make sure to turn off your electronics. That includes your television, radio, lights, and your fans. Even if you are home, turn off all of your electronic devices that you aren’t using at the time. Turning off your power strips can also help you cut back on thousands of dollars each year. Surprisingly doing so means you’re eliminating the potential of idling devices running up your electricity bill.
Cutting back on your heating and cooling use can also significantly cut back on your utility spending. Work with your landlord to get you a programmable thermostat that will only turn on when you’re home instead of when you’re away. You should also check with your landlord to make sure that your furnace and air conditioning filters are being replaced on a regular basis. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% to 40% of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. This is partially because contaminants build up in the HVAC system, forcing it to work harder.
Smart technology is one of the newest trends for both homeowners and renters alike. Along with making a person’s life easier, it can actually also help them keep track of how much energy they’re actually using. Sites like Google’s PowerMeter and Microsoft Hohm let renters know what they’re using their energy for and alert them to any problem areas.
The cost of wasted water is also a major concern for many renters. According to the Christian Science Monitor, using water wisely can leave you with money to spend on extra necessities like heat in the winter. To use your water properly, you should check your pipes and faucets for leaks. A constant drip from your kitchen sink can waste about 20 gallons of water every day. A larger leak can waste hundreds.
As tempting as it may be, don’t use your toilet as a garbage or ashtray. Every time you flush something down the toilet that isn’t bodily waste or toilet paper, you’re wasting five to seven gallons of water. The average household uses 350 gallons of water daily. And unfortunately, that number could easily be increased by using water carelessly.
Even if you don’t own a home, it’s still possible to cut back on your energy and water usage. Taking steps like tracking your energy use and not wasting water can help you and your landlord save a significant amount of money each year.