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How to Make Your Rental More Energy Efficient

System - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just because you don’t own the home you’re currently living in doesn’t mean you have no control over your home’s energy use!

Here are some quick tips to increase your efficiency and minimize your carbon footprint. Allowing you to save money on your monthly bills!

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Using a programmable thermostat to take control of your heat and cooling levels will lower your monthly costs and energy use. A good one can be purchase for around ~$35 and installed in no time!

DIY: Install a Programmable Thermostat

Install Gaskets to Prevent Leaks

Put your hand next to the outlets in your home. Can you feel air flowing through? If so you should consider installing these gaskets to prevent heat and cooling loss when it’s most important!

DIY: Insulate Outlets & Switches

Seal Windows and Doors

It’s pretty likely your rental features single pane windows and these usually are affected by old or missing caulk. You can combat these types of airleaks by insuring you’ve re-caulked and sealed any windows or doors that may need some attention!

Power Strips

If you’re like most, you just leave your electronics plugged in and this wastes more energy than some believe. You can cure this by utilizing smart power strips that don’t allow the usage of energy while your electronics are dormant.

Water Heater Settings

Do a double check on your water heater and adjust the level to which it is set. If you can find the lowest comfortable setting you can increase savings. If you’re hot water hits scolding levels you may want to turn it down.

Clean your Fridge

You’re probably not going to purchase a new fridge for your tenure in your rental home. You can, however, improve the current one! By cleaning the coils on the back of your fridge you’ll help this energy hog run more efficiently.

Consider these tips to quickly reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Our Austin TX property managers are dedicated to a great experience for both our owners and tenants.  If you have any tips or suggestions, we’d love to hear your thoughts so shoot us an email!

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