There are many ways landlords, real estate owners, tenants and rental property owners can reduce electricity use in their home and help reduce their energy bills. Also, if you’re interested in using a small renewable energy system to make your own electricity, reducing your electricity loads will help make your system more cost effective.
You can reduce electricity use in your home by focusing on where and how you use electricity in these areas:
•Appliances and electronics
Purchase energy-efficient products and operate them efficiently.
In late 2009 or early 2010, you can receive rebates to purchase new ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances when you replace your used appliances.
Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more daylighting into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.
•Electric space heating and cooling
Purchase energy-efficient electric systems and operate them efficiently. Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows. Properly insulate and air seal your home. Select an energy-efficient heating system that doesn’t use electricity.
•Electric water heating
Purchase an energy-efficient electric water heater and operate it efficiently. Or select an energy-efficient water heater that doesn’t use electricity.