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Energy-saving ideas for renters

Think you can’t make energy-efficient changes because you’re renting? Think again. Give these DIYs, tips and new products a try in your rental unit.

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Stream big and save with an ENERGY STAR® TV

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ENERGY STAR® rated TVs use up to 25% less electricity than non-ENERGY STAR TVs. If you're replacing a large, old plasma screen with a modern ENERGY STAR® LED TV, those savings could be far greater.

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Fix those leaks

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Fixing a leaky hot water faucet can save you up to $33 per year in water heating costs.

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Streaming retro games uses less energy than retro consoles

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It’s fun to fire up old gaming consoles. But did you know that you can now stream your favourite retro games on devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick? Streaming games for 9 hours a week could save you between $6 and $10 a year compared to playing on your old console.

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Turn electric heating down a few degrees

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If you have electric heating, turning your thermostat down 2-3 degrees can save you up to 5% (approximately $56 a year) on your bill. Check out our recommended temperature settings.

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How many light bulbs in your home could use a boost?

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The average home has about 35-40 light bulb sockets, and in most homes, more than 50% of these still contain inefficient lighting. Take stock of the lights in your home and work to replace them with ENERGY STAR® LEDs to save on your electricity bill.

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How much money could you save by replacing an incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb?

By replacing an incandescent light bulb with an LED bulb you could save up to $100 over its lifetime.