Three pots of saved coins depicte as money saving achieved through energy conservationWhen trying to save money on your monthly utilities, lowering water consumption and taking control of your A/C is a great place to start. Here are a few ways that you can save money while renting your home.

Low-Flow Showerhead

You can control your hot water usage and the overall amount of water you use each month by installing an energy-efficient low-flow showerhead in your shower.

Stop Wasting Water

We tend to waste a great deal of water when waiting for it to heat up. Think about how much water goes down the drain when you’re getting ready to wash dishes or take a shower. Think about ways you could use this water that gets needlessly wasted. You could collect the water in a bucket and use it later to water your household plants, use for general cleaning or for filling your pets water dish.

Avoid Washing Half-Loads

This goes for both your washing machine and your dishwasher. If you don’t have enough dirty dishes or clothing for a full load, wait until you have more items to clean. The more loads you wash the more energy you are going to consume.

Blocking Window Light

Most people tend to keep their homes cool during the summer. Letting hot sunlight enter your home through uncovered windows will force your A/C to work harder, increasing your energy costs. By investing in heavy curtains that have a reflective white backing, you can block the sunlight and keep your home cool with less expense.

Take Advantage of Air Circulation

By increasing the airflow throughout your home, you reduce the load put on your heating and cooling unit. Make sure that you move any furniture that is blocking vents. This will allow your home to heat and cool quicker, saving you money on utilities.

You should also take advantage of cool morning breezes. Open you windows to let the cool air circulate and lower your A/C usage.

For more information look at resources for Kansas City Homeowners or if you’re interested to schedule a showing for a Kansas City rental home Please call (913) 766-2302.