8 Tips for Renters to Save Energy

August 19, 2017 | Posted in Tips & Ways to Save

Post originally published August 27, 2015. Updated August 19, 2017.

As college students settle into their dorm rooms and apartments for the new academic year, we’re taking a look at how renters of all ages can be savings champions on their energy costs with these top 8 tips. So if you’re a renter in the game for saving money, here’s the strategy:

1. Lighting is the captain

Lighting is the easiest place to start. Replacing the light bulbs in your 5 most frequently used fixtures with ENERGY STAR® certified bulbs can save around $80 per year in energy costs. ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs use 70-90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Plus you can save on your bulb purchase with in-store discounts from DP&L. Also remember to turn off lights when leaving a room!

2. Remain cool, calm and collected

If you’re looking to purchase a new air conditioner for your window, strike out high energy costs with an ENERGY STAR certified model, and be sure the unit fits tightly in the window so outdoor air doesn’t get in. Qualified ENERGY STAR models use at least 15% less energy than standard units, which could save you about $85 over the unit’s lifetime.

3. Pinch hit your thermostat

Ask your landlord about replacing the old thermostat with a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature settings while you’re sleeping or away. Plus, you can score a $75 rebate from DP&L.

4. Manage your electronics wisely

Managing electronics can be a big game changer when it comes to your energy bill. Several products also use energy even when switched off. Take charge of these hidden costs in a number of ways, including purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified electronics, unplugging battery chargers when not in use and using a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are finished with the equipment. Check out these easy tips to save energy used by electronics.

5. Turn a shower double play

A 10-minute shower can use less water than a full bath. How? By installing a new 2.5 gallon-per-minute shower head, a 10-minute shower will use around 25 gallons of water, saving five gallons over a typical bath, meaning more money in your pockets. But it gets better – a new shower head will also help you save up to $145 each year on your electric costs¹ (if you have an electric water heater).

6. Be a team player

Be a good teammate to your dishwasher by scraping dishes instead of rinsing them before putting them inside, as well as waiting to run your dishwasher until it’s a full load. This will ensure your dishwasher operating at its highest level of efficiency. More on how to save energy used by appliances.

7. Cold water for the win

Use cold water whenever possible to do your laundry. Switching to cold water can help you earn annual savings of more than $40 with an electric water heater² and $30 with a gas water heater. Make sure you also try to wash only full loads, as that can save you more than 3,400 gallons of water each year. Learn more about how to manage how much energy your water heater uses.

8. Make big lineup changes

If your rental unit has coveted washer/dryer hookups, look for the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels when purchasing your appliances. ENERGY STAR clothes washers clean clothes using 35% less water and 20% less energy than standard washers.³


Whether you rent an apartment, home or townhouse, you can play a big role in reducing your monthly bill. Comment below with your game-changing tips for renters and find simple yet convenient ways to be a savings champion!

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