Energy Actions for Renters to Save Dollars and Increase Comfort

The following tips are specifically designed to help tenants save energy with few out-of-pocket costs.

Developed by Shirley Niemeyer, Extension Housing and Environment Specialist
Marilyn J. Bruin, University of Minnesota Extension Service

The energy used by each unit in an apartment complex may vary according to whether it is a corner unit or an inner apartment.

Corner units may provide more light through windows and cross ventilation, but northwest corner units also may be affected by cold winter winds. Units on upper floors may be warmer in the winter but hotter in the summer as heat rises. Shaded units may reduce summer air conditioning energy use. Inner units with two shared walls and with units above and below may be less affected by weather that impacts energy usage.

Before selecting an apartment, ask about the unit’s utility rates and compare units in the complex if possible. Before implementing any measures requiring an alteration to your rental unit, such as caulking and weatherstripping, get your landlord’s permission or ask your landlord about having it done.

Heating and Cooling

In the Winter

In the Summer

Windows and Doors


Range and Oven



Washer and Dryer

Air Conditioner


Look for the ENERGYSTAR® mark when buying electronics, appliances, and equipment.
Look for the ENERGYSTAR® mark when buying electronics, appliances, and equipment.

Small Appliances and Electronics

Furniture and Bookcases

Ask Your Landlord About:

This publication has been peer reviewed.


Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended of those not mentioned and no endorsement by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is implied for those mentioned.

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Index: Consumer Education
Energy Conservation
Issued May 2009