Moving into a rented home usually means that your hands are mostly tied with the changes you can introduce to your new place. If the landlord has already installed a pre-paid electricity or water supply system, then you would have to continue using that whether you like it or not. Similarly, you do not really have any control over which companies supply power to your home, or which services service providers you prefer. While you are renting, the basic idea is to ensure that once you move out, the rented place can once again resemble exactly what you saw when you decided to rent. But that does not mean that you cannot control your budget by making your home more energy efficient while you live there.
How do you make your rented home more energy efficient?
Making big changes is probably impossible unless your landlord agrees to before, and you should never add to or remove anything from the house before consulting them first. Failure to do so could cause problems with your tenancy agreement. Here is a list of four things you could do to make your home more energy efficient without making big adjustments:
- Energy efficient lightbulbs: Replacing the existing bulbs around the house with the slightly more expensive, but cheaper in the long run energy efficient bulbs could go a long way towards cutting down the electricity bill. A change you can do by yourself, you could always unscrew, remove and take with you your energy efficient bulbs when you decide to leave your rented home. Before replacing any bulbs in the house with energy efficient bulbs, it is always a good idea to consult the landlord first.
- Clean the refrigerator: No matter what else we can switch on or off, the refrigerator always stays on. It is also one of the major electricity consuming appliances in your home, and with just a little effort, you can get it to work brilliantly at reduced electricity costs. Regularly cleaning the refrigerator, especially the coils at the back can help it run better without the need to consume too much electricity.
- Appliances: Choosing to avoid using certain appliances, like a dryer or the oven can go a long way in reducing energy bills and making your home energy efficient. Opting to cook meals in the microwave instead of the oven on a regular basis can greatly reduce energy costs. An indoor hanging rack to dry clothes may take a little longer than a dryer, but greatly reduce electricity consumption.
- Reduce heat related costs: Come winter, one of the biggest bills you can expect is related to keeping your house warm and liveable in the cold. Insulating yourself and making small tweaks around your existing setup to trap heat can reduce the need to keep your heater on for longer periods of time. Check to ensure that no drafts can get inside the house by closing those spaces with newspaper or plastic.
Cutting down on electricity, water and gas bills are always a boon to the budget. These tips should help you make the small changes you need in order to make your rental home more energy efficient.