How to make your Home more Energy Efficient when you don’t own the House

It’s all very well to tell a homeowner that it’s a great idea to put in a few home improvements to improve the energy efficiency of his home.

Since a homeowner owns the place, it’s his choice to order up the changes that are needed.  What do you do though if you are a renter, you’re having to pay high energy bills for the energy the house wastes, and your landlord doesn’t see the point? Can you learn how to make your home more energy-efficient if you don’t own the place and you can’t make permanent changes?

For your energy efficiency aims, the cheapest and most straightforward thing for you to do would be to get rid of all the light bulbs and to put fluorescent strip lighting or CFL lamps in in their place. Do this and you end up paying no more than a quarter of what you used to for your lighting needs. You’ll end up saving about five dollars on your electricity bill this way.

How about heating your home in the winter?
What do you do if you have single pane windows and the windows are drafty as well?
How to make your home more energy efficient when every window in the place let’s a draft in every time there is a stiff winter breeze outside?

Have you seen how at places like B&Q and The Range, they sell those little soft sock-like bags that they call draft pillows, to stuff under your door? You can save yourself some money and make those yourself at home. All you need are a few old socks and something like rice this stuff in them. You just need to stuff each stuffed bag under every door to keep the drafts out.

If your windows fits poorly and let a lot of the winter cold in every time there is breeze, you can use duct tape to seal off all the leaky spaces on your windows. But there’s a lot of energy that your windows can waste even when every source of leaked warmth is sealed off. You windows can waste heat just by transmitting all of it outside through the glass. Since you can’t install double glazing in someone else’s home, you can do something that’s nearly as good – you can use bubble wrap.

Some people handle the problem by using shrinkwrap on their Windows. If for some reason, your window doesn’t seem to be made for this kind of treatment, consider using bubblewrap as your double glazing. Most people don’t realize this, but bubblewrap happens to be a great heat insulator. You just need to stick the bubble wrap directly on the glass. A lot of energy is wasted when you use an inefficient hot-water mechanism in the bathroom. You basically need low flow shower heads that won’t waste much water.