Managing your energy use is an important way to save money and the environment. When you are a homeowner there are a number of repairs you can make and equipment to replace to help with energy conservation. However, when you are a renter, you do not want to spend money fixing up someone else's house. To keep your energy usage as minimum as possible, without having to spend money on a building you do not own, here are a few tips.
Take a Shower
While a nice, long, hot bath can be the perfect reward for a hard day at work, it will also cost you more money. It takes more hot water to fill a bathtub and keep the water warm than it does to take a hot shower. Because a hot water heater has to keep cycling to keep the water hot, it uses a lot of energy. A hot shower can be just as relaxing as a bath, especially when you consider you will be saving money.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Instead of using a clothes dryer for all your laundry, let some of your clothes air dry. You can hang them in a hall or bedroom if you cannot hang them outside. Of course, you will have to be sure to add fabric softener to the washer instead of using a dryer sheet. Dry lightweight articles like shirts, skirts, and underclothes completely with air and use the dryer to partially dry heavier items before hanging them up. If you have a lot of laundry, like a load a day, this can be considerable energy savings.
Keep Air Vents Clear
Do not put furniture or decorations in front of any air ducts or vents. The better the air can flow the less the HVAC system has to work to heat or cool your home. In addition, make sure you change the filters regularly.
Use Power Strips and Turn Them Off
Some items still use power even when they are turned off. To stop this, plug things into a power strip and then shut off the strip when you go to bed at night or leave for the day. While there will be some things you always leave plugged in, such as your alarm clock, most things do not need to be on or plugged in when not in use.
If you notice that one of the appliances or the HVAC system is not working properly, you need to tell your landlord as soon as possible. Not only could this save him or her from a large bill when the item breaks down further, it will save your energy usage too.