When you're renting a house or apartment, you can't make many home improvements. But you can save energy and money as a renter with these five simple tips.
1. Switch to LEDs
Swap out incandescent bulbs for LEDs. LEDs last longer and they're 80% more efficient than conventional lightbulbs.
2. Program your thermostat
Why heat or cool an empty home or apartment? Set your programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature at night or when you're away from home.
3. Use thermal curtains
Thermal curtains or drapes keep your home comfortable without wasting energy. Close drapes to keep direct sunlight out during the summer and leave them open in the winter to help heat your home.
4. Stop phantom power
TVs, coffee makers and other electronic devices use energy even when they're turned off. Unplug these devices when you're not using them to save energy.
5. Take shorter showers
Shorter showers are the key to saving water and energy. You can also replace showerheads with water-efficient models for extra savings.
Use these tips to save energy and stay comfortable in every season.