Talk to your landlord about improving the comfort of your home

Why? Improving the insulation in your home can be the single most effective way to save energy. In a typical home during the winter, over 45% of heated air loss happens through walls, floors, and the roof. In the summer, hot air entering through the roof and walls accounts for more than 25% of the energy it takes to cool your home. Improvements to insulation can help you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while reducing your energy costs.
Benefits to your landlord:
  • Make the rental a more efficient, quiet and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.

  • Decrease maintenance costs, as insulation can help keep out unwanted moisture.

  • A well-insulated home can serve as an attractive selling point.

Step by step:

  1. Provide your landlord with information about insulation that can help determine what your home needs. The U.S. Department of Energy provides useful information on how insulation works and how to determine what kind and how much is needed.

  2. Encourage your landlord to have a professional identify areas in your home that need insulation—and improve insulation as needed.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready to improve your insulation? Try these actions to save money and use less energy:

  • Use affordable supplies from a local home improvement retailer to weatherstrip your windows and doors.
  • Insulate outlets and light switches to reduce drafts and keep your home more comfortable.

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