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6 Cost-Efficient Ways to Save Energy


As a landlord, you can improve your tenants’ satisfaction and the attractiveness of your building to renters by investing in energy efficiency. As renters become more informed, they increasingly look for buildings where they can live comfortably while paying less for energy.  Energy efficiency investments will also add value to the property and increase its marketability.

Energy Saving Tips:

  1. Lighting is a great place to start. Update light fixtures in the building especially common areas with more energy-efficient fixtures, and be sure to change out your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. These use 75% less energy and last 6-10 times longer than a traditional bulb, which saves money on both energy and replacement costs. Advise tenants to turn off light when they leave their rooms.
     
  2. If you can, install a programmable thermostat. This adjusts the temperature while tenants are out, so heating and cooling can be controlled.
     
  3. If furniture is provided, arrange furniture such that it is not blocking air registers, allowing for free circulation. If the room has radiators, place a heat-resistant reflector between radiators and walls to ensure that air circulates into the room rather than into the wall.
     
  4. If residents consider purchasing a room air conditioner or as the landlord you furnish it be sure to purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified model. They use at least 10 percent less energy than standard models. In the winter these AC's can be removed from the window to prevent heat losses. Be sure the window unit fits tightly in the window so outdoor air is not getting in.
     
  5. If the building is older, it might be time to update the windows and doors – make sure windows are double-paned and well-sealed. Look at their ENERGY STAR rating before you buy. Even if you’re not in the market for new windows, check the sealant around the windows and replace as necessary. Cold air can seep in and out through small cracks, so it’s important to have tight seals.
     
  6. When you go to replace appliances or large equipment like boilers, stoves, refrigerators or air conditioning units, be sure to check for ENERGY STAR labels. There are a number of rebates available for the purchase of such energy-efficient appliances, information about which can be found on this website. For more information on ENERGY STAR products click here. Information on tax credits are available here.

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EfficiencyPA's 2011 Green Home Hero Awards

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by Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer

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Energy in Pennsylvania

The attached PowerPoint summarizes the trends in energy production and consumption in Pennsylvania. In order to truly understand the importance and effectiveness of energy efficiency and conservation, review this information closely and understand where we have come from and where we are going.

Roger Clark of The Reinvestment Fund presented this PowerPoint in November 2010.

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Extended, Amended

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Courtesy of Alliance to Save Energy:

On Dec. 17, President Barack Obama signed critical tax legislation that included several important energy efficiency tax incentive extensions that were slated to expire at the end of the year.  

The 5th Annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

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The 5th Annual Energy Efficiency Finance Forum is designed specifically for investors, financiers, utilities, and policymakers to explore the latest opportunities in financing and investing in energy efficiency.
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