Energy efficiency for renters
Save energy, shrink your bill
Whether you rent a house or an apartment, there are a variety of no- or low-cost actions you can take to reduce the energy consumption in your home. From heating and cooling, to lights and appliances, to plumbing and water heating, PSE offers a variety of tips and rebates to help you save energy and money. Always obtain permission from your landlord before making any changes to your home.
Tips and rebates for renters:
- Create a "warm room." When possible, only heat the room(s) you spend the most time in.
- Talk to your landlord about having your heating system inspected by a professional to ensure it’s operating efficiently and safely.
- Turn the heat down or off while you’re asleep or away from the home. Talk to your landlord about installing a programmable thermostat or a new smart thermostat (PSE now offers a $75 rebate on qualified models!).
- Pay attention to moisture levels. Some homes and apartments have high indoor humidity levels due to poor ventilation or other factors. On dry, sunny days, turn off the heat and open the windows to dry problem areas.
- Replace incandescent lighting with ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs (light emitting diodes) and CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and fixtures, particularly in areas you occupy most. These use up to 75 percent less energy while lasting 10 times longer. PSE offers instant lighting rebates at many retailers.
- Choose the right bulb for each room. LED and CFL bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit nearly every household fixture. If you have dimmable fixtures, be sure the CFL is compatible and has dimming capabilities.
- Avoid over-drying laundry. If your dryer has a moisture sensor or auto shut-off feature, use it.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer every time you use it. A clogged filter increases drying time.
- If you have an older refrigerator or freezer, listen to see if the motor/compressor runs constantly. If so, you may need repair service to check for low refrigerant. Another cause may be a leaky door gasket.
- When cooking, match pots and pans to the right sized burner. Use a microwave or toaster oven, rather than your stove, to heat food whenever possible.
- Check out PSE’s rebate, replacement and recycling programs on a variety of kitchen and laundry appliances.
- Set your water heater to 125°F or the "low" setting to save money and reduce risk of scalding.
- If your water heater is leaking, call your landlord immediately (PSE offers rebates on energy-efficient water heating).
- Check hot water faucets and shower valves for leaks. Replace washers or repair valves if you find leaks.
- Install energy-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators.
Low income? PSE can help!
PSE’s weatherization assistance program provides free weatherization assistance to qualified customers to help reduce energy use and lower bills. This includes free upgrades such as installing insulation, sealing air leaks, improving lighting and replacing refrigerators. Landlord permission is required for renters. For more information, visit pse.com/liw.
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