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16 Easy Tips To Save Energy When You're Renting

When you live in rented accommodation, the monthly bills are nearly always consistent. The rent will be a set fee every month, along with property tax, energy bills, pay TV and the internet bills too, to name just a few.

When you receive these bills, you will probably think, that as a tenant, you can’t do too much to reduce them. But following some of these easy energy saving tips will allow you to cut nearly all your household utility bills.

The cheapest ways to reduce your energy bills if you’re renting

  1. Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree is an excellent starting point. Lowering your thermostat by just 1ºC can reduce your heating costs by up to 10%.
  2. If turning down your thermostat by 1 degree could knock up to of your energy bills, imagine the savings you could make by delaying turning the heating on for a week or more. Instead of putting the heating on, put on a jumper or some thick socks to keep the cold out.
  3. Showers use less water than baths and will therefore save you money, but power showers can quickly use more than a bath-full. Turning the pressure down slightly on a power shower, will allow you to enjoy your shower time and still reduce your water bills.
  4. Preheating the oven is a huge waste of electricity, therefore to do so everyday is not the most efficient way to cook. Instead, it is far cheaper to cook a couple of meals at the same time and just reheat before serving.
  5. Just like boiling a kettle, you should limit the amount of water you use when boiling food. Using a smaller pan will increase the efficiency of your cooking.
  6. Wash your clothes at 30-40°C to save your washing machine from having to heat the water too high. This could cut your energy usage in half and speed up the washing process.
  7. Stop using the tumble-dryer. Hang your clothes up and let them air-dry overnight. The tumbler-dryer is one of the most expensive appliances to run in the whole of your house.
  8. Iron your clothes just before they are completely dry. The moisture will aid the steaming iron and speed up the whole process.
  9. Turn everything off at the plug when you aren’t using it. The kettle, toaster, microwave and even lamps will all use energy even when you are not using them, so turn them off at the socket.
  10. Use your curtains to help heat your house. Closing them will keep the heat in during the night and opening them will allow the heat in during the day.

Read more: Reasons to consider switching off your boiler and water-heating in summer

Spend a little to save a lot

  1. A Radiator Booster is designed to move the hot air around the room and away from the radiator and the windows. This energy saving device ensures you have a consistent even room temperature and in the process save significantly on your energy bill.
  2. With modern energy-efficient light bulbs you can save between €5.00 - €22.00 a year, depending on the power of the bulb used. A 5 watt energy efficient bulb will save you €5.00 on average compared with an equivalent traditional bulb, while a 21 watt energy efficient bulb will save you up to €22.00 on average on an equivalent traditional bulb. Using the most energy efficient bulbs, could potentially save hundreds of euros a year.
  3. Use a solar charger to charge your phone for free. Leaving the charger by the window all day while you are out at work, will require no effort at all. The charger will fill its internal battery, then when you come home, you simply plug your phone into the free energy instead of the mains.
  4. Remove the cold drafts from around your home by installing draft excluders to the bottoms of doors and the back of your letter box. This cheap addition to your doors will barely be visible but will make a noticeable impact on your heating bills.
  5. If you live in a home with a chimney or a fireplace, you will know the effect the draft has on your room. Installing a chimney balloon is a cheap and temporary method to stop the heat escaping up the chimney and the cold descending down into your home.
  6. Ensure that your water tank and the pipes are all sufficiently insulated. Adding extra insulation will keep the water hotter for longer and reduce the amount of time the boiler is on.

Following any or all of these tips could easily reduce your energy bills with just some small changes in your daily habits.

Read more: Is it better to keep the home heating on all the time?