Easy Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bills For Renters

Feb 22, 2022 | Top Tips for Renters

Are you a renter who is worried about rising living costs and looking for ways to reduce your energy bills and save money?

If you are a renter, there are lots of ways you can save money on your energy bills, and this will make a big difference to your finances.

As a renter, you might be confused or unsure of what you are allowed to do in your home.

To help you, we have put together a great list of money saving tips to reduce your energy bills, whilst ensuring that you stick within the rental agreement and protect your deposit.

Easy Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bills For Renters

Watch the video below for the first three tips from Stacey, one of our property specialists.

  • Check Your Thermostat

By reducing the length of time your heating is on, or by decreasing the temperature, you could make a big reduction in your energy bills.

Lowering your heating by just 1°C could save you up to £80 on your energy bills each year, and you may not even notice the difference.

If you are a renter who has just moved into a new home, you may not be familiar with the controls but spending a few minutes working out for to set up your heating to suit your needs could save money on your energy bills.

  • Defrost Your Freezer

Ensure that your freezer is defrosted as needed to make it more efficient, cost less to run, and also prolong its lifespan.

  • Switch To LED Light Bulbs

LED light bulbs can be bought in nearly all supermarkets and retailers, last up to 20 years, and take less energy to illuminate the room.

  • Cut Out The Draughts

When you are spending your hard-earned money on heating, you want to make sure that you keep as much of it within your home as possible.

Gaps in your doors, and windows can allow the hot air to escape so you either have to turn up the thermostat or deal with a cold room. For smaller gaps, invest in draught excluders which are relatively cheap, and have a big impact on your energy bills.

For any bigger gaps in windows or doors, speak to your landlord or letting agent about sealing these.

  • Bleed Your Radiators

If your home has gas central heating, your radiators may not be working as well as they could be. This could be caused by air bubbles in the system, and these can be released by “bleeding” your radiator.

An easy way to check if your radiators need bleeding is to touch your radiator when it’s on (be careful not to burn yourself). If the top of the radiator is cold, and the bottom is hot, this likely means that you need to bleed your radiators.

  • Switch Your Energy Provider

Potentially the biggest way to reduce your energy bills is to switch providers. Shopping around using comparison sites enables you to check relatively easily if you are on the best tariff for you.

Even as a renter, you are able to change your supplier.

If you are responsible for paying the gas and electricity bill directly to the supplier, you are allowed to switch (as long as there are no special clauses in your tenancy agreement around this).

This includes properties with a prepayment meter!

  • Say No To Standby

Turn off appliances like TV’s, computers, and games consoles at the mains rather than leaving them on standby. This is an easy way to reduce your energy bills, without much effort.

  • Wash At Low Temperatures

The vast majority of energy used during a wash is to heat the water. By using the right detergent, you can lower your energy bills by washing at 30°C. You can even go one step further and reduce the spin cycle for extra savings.

Another way to lower your energy bills is to ensure that you are putting in a full wash each time, rather than doing smaller washes more often.

  • Set The Right Fridge Temperature

Setting your fridge to 4°C is perfectly fine for food storage, and by ensuring that it’s not set any lower, you can save a few extra pounds.

  • Monitor Your Usage

You are likely to have been given a smart meter, and energy monitor by your energy supplier so make sure to check this regularly. The monitor allows you to spot when most of your energy is being used and can help you realise how costly certain activities can be. By knowing the most energy intensive activities, you can reduce them, or try to make them more efficient.

 

And there are 10 easy ways to reduce your energy bills for renters!

How We Love Renters Can Help You

Living in a cold, draughty house that’s expensive to heat? At We Love Renters, we’re here to help you out.

If you’re looking to rent a property in Hartlepool, then make sure you come to We Love Renters – the lettings agency you can trust to do things the right way.

We’re absolutely committed to treating all our tenants in a fair, honest and respectful manner at all times. Our values ensure that our clients are kept happy!

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