Saving Tips for Renters

Conservation is a community effort. Every member of our communities plays an important role in maintaining LA’s resources. When we each do our part to conserve, the result is a healthier, happier, hydrated Los Angeles. If saving resources, isn’t exciting enough, how about saving money while you do it? Here are five saving tips for renters from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that will help your family save money and LA’s energy resources.

Make a Maintenance Request

Don’t postpone dealing with leaky toilets and faucets. Submit a maintenance request to your landlord as soon as you notice the problem. Replacing toilets and faucets can potentially save over 10,000 gallons of water per year and hundreds of dollars. Make sure all maintenance requests are made in writing.

Change A Light Bulb

How many renters does it take to change a light bulb? The answer, just one and by replacing standard incandescent light bulbs with energy saving LED bulbs that renter will conserve energy and save over $250 a year. Which means the only question remaining is how many light bulbs does it take to save enough money to out-lobby commercial real estate in Los Angeles? (Hint: We’re going to need more light bulbs.)

Although they cost more initially, LED bulbs save more money and energy long-term.

Unplug Your Unit

There are common household appliances sucking energy and money from your unit 24/7, even when you’re not around to see them. Be aware of “Energy Vampires.” Any appliance with a clock or ”instant on” setting is an “Energy Vampire” when it uses electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unplug all non-essential appliances and electronics when not in use. Consider installing an advanced power strip, which automatically turns off idle electronics.

Many common cooking appliances are actually “energy vampires” in disguise. Save energy and money by unplugging them when they’re not in use.

Time Appliance Use

Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day — use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and other heavy appliances during evening hours. In addition, try to avoid using multiple heavy appliances at the same time. For example, if your unit has a washer and dryer practice washing all your loads then drying all your loads rather than washing and drying at the same time.

Visit LADWP Energy Workshop

Stay informed by joining us at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Housing Workshops through March and April. Officials will be there letting renters know their utility use rights and answering all your questions about how you can help keep LA happy, healthy, and green. You can always learn more about your tenant rights and get the assistance you need at our weekly Tenant Action Clinics.