Reducing Heating and Cooling Costs
Neither landlords nor tenants enjoy handling the cost of utilities, which leads many people to try alternative options to heat or cool their residences. For example, a tenant may try to use space heaters to reduce their monthly heating bill. While using a space heater may be a great option to keep you warm in a confined space, using several will likely lead you to spend more money than you’re saving.
Instead of using temporary fixes, landlords can employ other strategies to save themselves or their tenants when the monthly bills arrive. Heat pumps are becoming more popular in buildings across the United States, giving tenants the option to easily and efficiently switch between cooling and heating. But there is actually a range of other ways to save your tenants money on heating and cooling, including these two foolproof methods.
Insulation: The Key to Making the Most of Your Climate Control
One of the best ways to conserve more energy and make the most of your heating and cooling system is to ensure the home is properly insulated. By insulating the wall cavities, the roof, and other spaces in the home, you can guarantee that air doesn’t escape as much or as often. For optimizing energy efficiency, the foundation of the home is the first place that a landlord should start in terms of insulation. Don’t overlook unfinished attic spaces and exterior walls, and replace windows with replacement or storm windows.
Today, you can find a wide variety of options for insulating a residence, including installing foam boards, concrete forms (ICFs), reflective systems, sprayed foam or foamed-in-place insulation, and structural insulated panels (SIPs). Even if you’ve lived in a home or other residence without proper insulation for some time, most of these options can be easily added to an existing home and help you to instantly start saving on heating and cooling.
Getting Creative In How You Keep Heated or Cooled Air Inside
The type of heating and cooling system used, and the insulation installed in your home, residence, or building are both important factors in your climate control. Another factor that cannot be overlooked is human behavior. How you actually utilize your thermostat will allow you to reduce your use of energy and ultimately save money over the long term. Also, letting out heated and cooled air—even if you aren’t intending to—is a huge source of wasted energy and wasted money. By adjusting some of your daily habits, you will notice a decrease in your utility bills as a direct result of trapping more of the climate-controlled air.
Landlords may suggest that tenants reexamine the temperature that they are used to. A lot of times, tenants may think they need to crank their thermostat low as soon as it gets a little hot outside. In actuality, opening the windows and keeping the thermostat at a mid-range temperature may be a better option for saving energy. Plus, tenants can find a new normal temperature that they like better than before, and not expend so much energy in the process.
Another idea is to suggest turning down the heat at night after the space has been warmed throughout the day. Keeping the heat running all night long is not necessary, especially when the tenant is wrapped in blankets and asleep.
Additionally, landlords can coach tenants to stop air from escaping by changing some of their lifestyle habits. Some people may not realize how much heat they are letting out from their homes when they open and close their doors, but this is a surprisingly massive way that heat is wasted. For example, when unloading groceries from your car, try not to leave the door open the entire time. The quicker you open and close the door, the less heat will escape.
A final suggestion is to cover up holes to the outside, like keyholes and electrical boxes. You can also try to block heat from escaping underneath door thresholds by adjusting them. Sometimes, you can raise the threshold of a door on your own, or purchase a draft excluder. By covering up these holes to the outside, you can make sure that as much hot or cool air as possible remains indoors.
In knowing these options, and by making sure the central furnace and air conditioning system is as up-to-date and efficient as possible, homeowners can reduce the amount of energy they are spending on heating and cooling their homes. By considering all of these options, landlords can minimize the regular cost of heating and cooling for tenants in a way that is both consistent with their budget and generally more efficient for a building.