Advice for energy efficiency for renters
If you're a renter, it can be tricky making energy efficient changes to your home. The owner of your property may not be open to putting solar panels on the roof or installing insulation. Nonetheless, there are still ways to go green and see cheaper bills.
Switch to LED light bulbs
LED globes are energy efficient, have a low environmental impact and come in a wide range of colour options. While they are more expensive than other globes, they have a longer lifespan.
Discounted energy efficient lighting
You may be eligible to have halogen downlights and outdoor floodlights replaced through our discounted lighting program. To access the offer, you need to contact an approved supplier who operates in your area. Check with your landlord to see if you can proceed with this offer.
Location, location, energy efficient?
It can be competitive finding a rental property but, if possible, aim for a place that is cheaper to run. Are there north facing windows in the living areas, bathing it in warm winter sunlight? For heating, does it have reverse-cycle air conditioning? Are there gaps around doors and windows? For summer, is it possible to open windows and doors and have cool breezes flow through?
Know thy appliance
When shopping for an appliance, the Energy Rating Calculator, will give you an idea of running costs. At home, unplug electronics or use a power strip to avoid ‘vampire’ usage as many appliances still draw power when switched off. Try alternatives – microwaves use less energy than an oven, laptops use less electricity than desktop computers.
Ask the landlord
Is your landlord open to greening the home? A four or five-star reverse cycle air conditioner is far more efficient than an electric heater and is cheaper than gas. Good roof insulation keeps a home warm in winter and cool in summer. Solar panels can make a home highly attractive to renters and increase its resale value.
There are energy rebates to help eligible families, concession card holders and people using approved medical equipment to pay their energy bills.