Are you leaving home for the first time and looking for your own apartment? Payless Power, a low-income electric provider, can give you some money-saving tips and things to know before renting an apartment for the first time. One of the easiest ways to save money when renting is to live an energy-efficient lifestyle.
- Replace any old light bulbs and fixtures with EnergyStar-qualified lights. They last 6 –10 times longer than standard light bulbs, and also use 75% less energy while providing high-quality light output.
- If central air conditioning is not provided, invest in an energy-efficient room air conditioner. Be sure the unit fits securely in the window frame, and insulate/cover the unit during winter months.
- Is the thermostat in your new home a programmable one? If not, ask the landlord to replace it; if he balks on this idea, offer to install it yourself. Programmable thermostats with 4 temperature settings can save over $100 a year from your electric costs!
- Keep furniture away from air registers so the heated or cooled air can circulate freely. There is no point in warming your dining room hutch or entertainment center!
- During the winter months, leave the drapes open to let the warm rays of the sun in. Conversely, close the drapes to keep the room cool during the warmer months of the year.
The energy-saving tips listed will help you save some money when renting your own home. Be sure to ask the landlord who is responsible for repairs of the unit, outdoor maintenance of the building, and what the lease terms are. Good luck in your new home, and remember to save energy and keep your electric costs low!