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4 energy efficiency tips for renters

July 16, 2018 | Laura King-Homan | energy efficiency, energy savings, how does that work, tips
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Even if you rent a house or apartment, there plenty of energy efficiency tips for renters. And you can lower your electricity bill in the process.

Sounds great, right?

Here are four suggestions that won’t break the bank, or forfeit your security deposit.

  1. Replace bulbs in frequently used light fixtures with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs This can reduce energy use by 75 percent.
  2. Keep out the heat of the summer sun by closing window shades and drapes. Take advantage of the sun’s warmth in winter by keeping drapes open.
  3. Unplug any battery chargers, such as those for cellphones, or power adapters when not being used. Use a power strip to turn off equipment such as TVs, DVR, etc.
  4. Keep air registers clear of furniture or décor. This helps air circulate more efficiently.

If you can, install a programmable thermostat to adjust the home or apartment’s temperatures when you are away by setting energy-saving temperatures. When on vacation, use the “hold” button to keep the energy-saving temperature constant while you’re gone.

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About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the supervisor, Brand and Communication Operations, at Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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