6 Winter Energy-Saving Tips for Renters
Whether you are a home owner or you’re taking advantage of a rental home, you likely worry over your rising utility bills in the winter. With lower temperatures and shorter daylight hours, these cold months can have a real effect on your wallet. Middel Realty in Fort Collins is dedicated to helping you have the best possible experience in one of our single-family rental homes, so in today’s blog, we’ll be offering a few energy-saving tips for our renters and other savvy Fort Collins residents. Read on to learn more, and explore our current listings today to find your next dream home!
Take Advantage of the Sun
Colorado gets hundreds of days of sunshine in a year, and you can utilize that to warm your home when it gets cold! Leave the curtains open on any south-facing windows during the day to absorb the free heat. Just remember to close those curtains when the sun goes down to preserve that warmth, and keep your windows as clean as possible to allow sunlight to shine through the glass.
Adjust the Thermostat
This next tip is something we probably all know we should do, but lose motivation to follow through on when temperatures drop. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residents could save 10 percent a year on heating bills if they turned down the thermostat by seven to 10 degrees for at least 8 hours a day. They recommend aiming for 68 degrees while you’re awake and moving around, and then lowering it when you’re asleep or out of the house. If you try it out and lose your nerve, just remember that cranking the thermostat to an especially high temperature won’t make your home heat up any faster — it will just waste more energy!
Especially if you turn your thermostat down, you’ll need a few more fuzzy layers to stay comfortable through the winter. Have a few comfy sweaters and thick socks dedicated to lounging around the house, and keep blankets on the couch for when you snuggle up for your favorite TV show or movie. You can also invest in flannel sheets and a warm comforter so you’re still cozy when your thermostat drops the temperature at night.
Use LED Lights
The winter season includes some of the darkest months of the year, which means you’re using more electric lights than you would usually, and using them for longer periods of time than you would during the summer. You can cut down on the expense without resigning yourself to the dark with LED lightbulbs! LED lights, when compared to incandescent bulbs, use 75 percent less energy and last about 25 times longer. Plus, lightbulbs are one home item that most landlords or property management companies don’t mind you changing!
Turn Off the Outdoor Lights
You may also be using colorful holiday lights to cheer up these dreary months. If so, try to unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house! Many Christmas lights are made with efficient LED bulbs, but you can cut down further on energy waste by using them sparingly. If you don’t want to rely on your memory for controlling your outdoor energy use, look for a timer! Many plug directly into an outlet to turn your lights on and off at the times you set.
Use Energy STAR Appliances
Now for an energy-saving tip that you can benefit from year-round: invest in Energy STAR appliances! If you are responsible for furnishing your rental home with your own appliances, choose carefully. An Energy STAR rating marks a high-efficiency appliance, which means you can get more done at a lower cost, and many use 10 to 15 percent less energy or water than other models.
Snuggle Up in Your New Middel Realty Rental Home
We hope these tips have been helpful for making your home a haven in this winter wonderland. If your current space isn’t working for you, however, you can always look for a solution with Middel Realty. We have been serving the Fort Collins community for years, providing hypoallergenic single-family rental homes in convenient locations throughout the city. Explore your options today with our current rental listings, and contact us today to learn more!