Renters – Take Action!

Saving energy is easy! Some simple changes to your daily routine can make a big difference. Work your way through the easy changes, and then tackle the bigger ones. Don’t worry: help is available from our trusted partners and resources!

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  • Turning off lights when not in use
  • Replacing old lightbulbs with CFLs and LEDs
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  • Letting the sun shine in during winter, and close blinds or windows coverings during summer
  • Replacing or cleaning the filter on your furnace quarterly
  • Putting on a sweater or sweatshirt instead of turning up the heat in the winter
  • Turning the temperature setting down (colder) when leaving the house in winter
  • Setting your thermostat to 68° F or lower in winter
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  • Opening windows at night and close during the day for natural cooling
  • Turning off A/C or turning temperature up (warmer) when leaving the house in summer
  • Using a fan instead of turning on/up the A/C
  • Set your A/C higher
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  • Setting your refrigerator and freezer to the “warmer” temps
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  • Running your dishwasher only when full
  • Washing clothes in cold water
  • Cleaning the lint filter after each dryer load.
  • Turning off your dishwasher’s heated dry cycle
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  • Turning off computers when not in use
  • Turning off your computer monitor instead of using a screen saver
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  • Lowering hot water heater temperature to 120° F
  • Asking your landlord for information about your unit’s energy usage (if you don’t pay for utilities)
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  • Asking your landlord to install & activate a programmable thermostat
  • Asking your landlord to get an air conditioning tune up in the spring
  • Asking your landlord to replace or clean the filter on your furnace quarterly
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  • Purchasing thermal curtains/window shades
  • Getting an air conditioning tune up in the spring
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  • Cleaning your refrigerator coils
  • Purchasing a fridge/freezer thermometer and set your fridge to 38° F or higher and the freezer to 5° F or higher
  • Asking your landlord to replace an old refrigerator
  • Recycling a second refrigerator or freezer
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  • Air drying clothes on a line
  • Asking your landlord to replace an old clothes washer or dishwasher
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  • Enabling the power management features on your computers
  • Replacing an older (CRT) computer, monitor or television with an Energy Star qualified model
  • Using a power strip to turn off TV, stereos & appliances when you’re not using them
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  • Asking your landlord for permission to install weather-stripping on exterior door and windows
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  • Checking out an energy meter from the library to measure energy use of appliances and electronics
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator (apartment dwellers)
  • Cooking in a microwave or a toaster oven instead of using the oven
  • Reduce your shower length by 2 minutes
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  • Installing a tubular skylight for natural day-lighting
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  • Installing a solar space heating system
  • Installing a ground source heat pump
  • Installing an energy star or high efficiency furnace
  • Installing a high efficiency furnace motor
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  • Installing a whole house fan for summer cooling
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  • Buying an energy star refrigerator
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  • Purchasing your own efficient appliances, washer
  • Purchasing your own efficient appliances, dryer
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  • Replacing an older (CRT) computer monitor or television with an LED or LCD model
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  • Purchasing and installing thermal curtains/blinds
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  • Installing PV panels
  • Scheduling a low-cost home energy audit and give the results to your landlord with a 'wish list'
  • Talking to friends and neighbors about energy efficiency
  • Purchasing a shower timer and cutting your shower time in half
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