If you don’t own your home, you can still make it more comfortable and efficient. Get started with an online Home Energy Review to find out how you can save money and use less energy, plus check out these simple tips:
- Order a free Energy Saver Kit
- Unplug battery chargers for mobile phones, laptops and other devices when not in use
- Ask your property manager to repair leaky toilets and faucets promptly
- Use our online bulb finder to match the right ENERGY STAR® LED to the fixtures in your home
- Download our checklist of cooling tips to keep beat the heat
- Download our full checklist of energy-saving tips
Talk to your landlord. If you rent an older house, condo, apartment or manufactured home, talk to your property manager about larger improvements like insulation, new heating equipment and high-efficiency windows. These upgrades could be an attractive investment for your landlord and further reduce your energy costs. Plus, many energy-efficiency improvements qualify for Energy Trust cash incentives and state energy tax credits, which can make them much more affordable.
Access community resources. Oregon Housing and Community Services offers special weatherization programs for renters who meet income guidelines, but make sure to talk with your landlord about any upgrades to the property.
Portland-area renters can also take advantage of free weatherization workshops hosted by the Community Energy Project. These hands-on workshops are open to everyone and cover low-cost energy-saving techniques, how to install draft-stopping materials and window kits, and where to find additional resources. Weatherization materials are free to income-qualified households. Visit www.communityenergyproject.org to learn more.