Talk to your landlord about upgrading to an efficient gas furnace

Why? In the colder months, heating may account for the largest part of your energy use, so an efficient furnace can go a long way toward saving energy and money. ENERGY STAR® certified gas furnaces can use up to 16% less energy than conventional models.
Benefits to your landlord:

Upgrading to an efficient furnace has a variety of benefits for your landlord:

  • Makes the rental a more efficient and cost-effective place to live for current and future tenants.

  • An energy-efficient gas furnace serves as an attractive selling point.

  • A new model provides greater reliability and lower maintenance costs.

Step by step:

  1. Before asking your landlord to replace your furnace, ask him or her to consider improving your home's insulation and air sealing. This may lower your home's heat loss and reduce the size of the furnace you need.

  2. Ask your landlord about the age of your current furnace. If it is more than 10 years old, ask your landlord to consider upgrading.

  3. When choosing a new furnace, ask your landlord to consider the following features:

    • ENERGY STAR certification. Efficient models can use up to 15% less energy than standard models.

    • The right size. A model sized for your home will operate more efficiently.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready to upgrade your furnace? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy on heating:

  • Turn down your thermostat. You can save 5-15% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 10-15°F for eight hours in the winter.

  • Seal your windows and doors. Using affordable supplies from a local home improvement retailer, you may be able to do this quick fix yourself.

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