Energy Saving Tips for Utah Tenants
As greater awareness is raised regarding responsible energy consumption, many Utah homeowners have discovered creative ways to cut energy bills and save them a significant amount of money each month on their utility bills. But what about Utah renters? Unfortunately, many Utah leases prohibit tenants from making the necessary improvements to capitalize on these energy savings. Not only are renters limited in alterations they can make to the property, but many times aren’t aware of what changes to make in order to be more energy-efficient.
So what actions can a tenant take to reduce his/her energy consumption without violating the terms of the lease? Below are several measures to reduce energy bills that do not require permission from the homeowner:
Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs – Using compact fluorescent bulbs increases the life of the bulb by five years and can save over $60 in energy costs over the life of the light bulb.
Use your ceiling fans correctly – In the summer, make sure your fans are turning counter clockwise to force air down and provide a cooling effect. In the winter, rotate them clockwise to pull cool air up from the floor and gently push warm air down. This will result in significant savings on your heating and cooling costs.
Utilize your microwave anytime you can – Cooking with a microwave use two-thirds less energy than cooking with a stove.
Look for Energy Star-certified products – Many times a landlord provides the major utilities for a rental property, but a tenant can still utilize Energy Star products like televisions, DVD players, and computers.
Use cold water anytime that you can – Heating water requires energy; anytime cold water can suffice (especially with regards to small appliances like a garbage disposal), energy will be saved.
Fill the refrigerator – By stocking the refrigerator with more food, it prevents warming once the door has been opened. This results in the refrigerator staying cool without having to work as hard.
Even though a tenant does not own their property, it does not mean they can’t save money by reducing energy costs. Energy conservation not only helps the environment, but can provide significant utility bill savings as well.