Energy-Saving Tips For Renters
Follow these tips to save energy and stay comfortable.
The furnace or boiler is the largest energy user in most homes.
- Check furnace filter monthly; replace as needed.
- If health permits, keep the thermostat at 68°F or below.
- Lower thermostat at night and when you're gone (55°F lowest setting).
- Keep registers and cold air returns clear of furniture and drapes.
- Open drapes to allow sun in. Close them at night.
- Cover wall-mounted air conditioners with plastic film or an air-tight cover.
- Cover interior of windows with shrink-film plastic.
Electric heat is the most expensive. If you heat with electricity:
- Close off rooms you are not using.
- Turn down thermostats on closed-off rooms.
Portable Electric Space Heaters [383 kB PDF]
- Always look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing new products. They use less energy than comparable products.
- Refrigerators older than 1990 can use three times as much electricity as new ones.
- MGE has given portable energy meters to area libraries. Check one out to see how much electricity appliances use.
- Cook in a microwave oven rather than a stove.
- Turn off TV, radio, stereo and computers when not at home.
- Replace the most-used incandescent bulbs and fixtures with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Turn off lights when leaving a room.
Water heating is the second largest single energy user in most homes.
- Set water heater temperature at 120°F.
- Conserve hot water.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Tell the owner about dripping faucets or water heater leaks.
Water Heaters [1.8 MB PDF]
- Air-conditioning can be your biggest electricity user in the summer.
- Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher.
- Turn off your air conditioner when no one is home.
- Close your drapes and shades to keep the sun out.
- Use room fans or ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning.
- Turn off fans when room is unoccupied.
Air Conditioners [633 kB PDF]