Simple Solutions to the Rising Cost of Energy

As the cost of energy continues to climb, and the market moves towards sustainable energy options such as solar and wind generated power, there is a feeling in some circles that tenants are the losers. Many rental properties do not have solar power, so where does this leave those people who, for various reasons, rent rather than buy their own properties? How can tenants reduce their energy costs?

At Ray White Bunbury we manage all types of rental properties from large, free standing family homes to apartments, townhouses and small units. The best service we can provide to our property owners is to source and keep good tenants. One way we can do that is to offer a few simple techniques they can implement themselves to save on energy costs.

Try These Tips all Year Round

Some of these suggestions will apply all year round, while others are specific to different seasons. For example, we recommend turning off all power points at the wall unless they are being used. Doing this consistently can save as much as $150 a year.

Only wash when there is a full load, use cold water, and use the dishwasher only a few times a week to pocket an extra $90 a year. Take advantage of the sun and afternoon sea breezes to dry clothes naturally and save $95 a year.

Some Solutions for Summer

In summer, fans are more cost effective than air-conditioners and should provide enough relief, especially in open-plan areas. Close blinds and curtains in the early morning before the sun heats up the interior, then open up the house in late afternoon to take advantage of the evening breezes. If using an air conditioner, set it on 24 degrees as just a couple of degrees lower has a surprising impact on energy costs.

Warm Up in Winter Without Fearing the Energy Bill

When the first winter winds blow, close up the house, put on warm clothing and only use a heater if it is absolutely necessary. When using a heater set the thermostat to between 18 and 20 degrees. An extra degree or two might feel cosy now, but it will increase the size of the energy bill.

Close curtains and blinds at night to keep the warm air inside, and block any cracks that are letting in those winter winds. A lot of cold air comes in under the doors, and just plugging those spaces can reduce heating costs.

None of this information is new, but unfortunately, it is often ignored. For tenants who need to reduce their living expenses, our team at Ray White Bunbury think this is the perfect solution.

Energy Efficient Living

While renters don’t necessarily get to choose the kind of kitchen appliances, lighting and layout of the homes they rent they can still make choices that can help reduce their energy bills considerably.

When viewing homes to rent with Ray White Bunbury they can also keep an eye out for certain characteristics of a home that will contribute to energy efficiency too.

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Cooling and heating

Let’s start with the simple stuff. When it is cold or hot, don’t be so quick to turn on the air conditioner if the home has one.

Begin first with either closing all windows and curtains to contain warmth or opening more windows and doors to allow a better airflow to cool the home down.

Another way to keep heat out is to make use of any curtains and blinds to keep the sun from coming in through windows and doors.

Opening windows and doors on the opposite sides of the home will allow for greater airflow.

If your rental has ceiling fans, use these first. Some fans even have a warm setting where the direction of the fan creates a warm airflow instead of cooling.

Ceiling fans cost far less to run than air conditioners. If you do need to run the air conditioner, close doors and block off places where the cooling or heating will escape.

Efficient lights and appliances

Granted, your cooktop and stove will already be in the home and you have no choice over the energy ratings of these. However, your washing machine and fridge are your choice.

Where possible, choose the best ratings for water and electrical usage; avoid dryers if you can as these appliances use a lot of electricity.

Energy efficient light bulbs are fantastic. They last longer, cost less and you can get them for just about every light fitting around. Don’t wait for bulbs to blow, replace them as soon as possible to start saving.

Increase shade

Shade and plants outside windows and doors can help to block the hot sun and cold winds. If the home doesn’t have shade, consider putting up a shade sail if you have permission from the owner.

At Ray White Bunbury, we have been providing reputable property management for many years. Both property owners and tenants always get the assistance they need with their enquiries and enjoy hassle free renting at its finest.

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