If you’re renting your home, small changes can still add up to big savings on your energy bill.
Dishwashers are more energy efficient than hand washing, and full loads reduce the number of cycles. Microwaves and slow cookers are efficient ways to prepare a meal and won’t heat up the whole kitchen like the oven does.
If you have access to the water heater, make sure it’s set to a maximum of 120 degrees. Anything more wastes energy and risks scalding.
Even though you may not own your furnace, changing the filters twice a year is inexpensive and keeps it running at peak efficiency and can save both electricity and natural gas, as can adjusting the thermostat down a few degrees in winter, and up a few degrees in summer.
Window film installation kits and draft stoppers under doors can help stop heat loss in the winter.
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Small things add up in an apartment or rental home, so keep after the details to save on your energy bills.