The summer heat can be oppressive—and that’s especially true when you’re a renter. Most energy-saving, heat-repelling tips are for homeowners who can replace their insulation, plant trees or install blackout shades. Renters, however, are limited by their lease and the limitations of their landlord’s good will.
If you’re a landlord, you might be wondering how to keep your tenants cool in the summer—especially so they’re not subject to massive utility bills. Here are some tips you can pass along that can ensure they stay comfortable all season long:
- Keep the air conditioner at a reasonable temperature: You might want to crank the air conditioner down to a chilly 65 degrees, but it won’t cool your apartment down any faster. In fact, it will just cause your air conditioner to work overtime, which could lead to damage or blown fuses. Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees.
- Cook outdoors: If possible, cooking outdoors can be a great way to keep the interior of your home cool. (Landlords, consider adding a grill to your backyard space as a nice amenity!) This helps save on air conditioning bills. If a grill isn’t available, use your microwave.
- Line-dry your laundry: Clothes dryers can generate a lot of extra heat. Try washing your clothes late at night or early in the morning, then line-drying your laundry in the morning to take advantage of the summer heat.
- Turn off the furnace pilot light: If your rentals have furnaces, turn off the pilot light once it’s clear there won’t be any more cold snaps until the fall.
- Shut down electronics when not in use: Electronics like computers, large televisions and other appliances can generate a lot of heat. Shut them down completely when you’re not using them—you’ll notice an instant difference.
- Replace your air conditioning filter: You should already be replacing your filter every 30 to 90 days, but this is especially the case in the summer. The less accumulated dust there is, the easier it will be for your air conditioner to push cool air through the filter.
- Use LED bulbs whenever possible: Incandescent bulbs generate plenty of heat. Whenever possible, switch to LED bulbs. They’ll not only cut down on the heat, but they’re cheaper to operate, too.
- Close closet doors and doors to unused rooms: If you’re not using a room or closet, close the door. It will help cool the rest of your home more efficiently—and your clothes don’t need the air conditioning like you do.
- Look for money-saving improvements: There are plenty of money-saving improvements landlords can make. Rebates abound for energy-saving, cooler appliances. If you want to be a stellar landlord, look for ways you can get money back on your taxes and keep your tenants comfortable at the same time.
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