Talk to your landlord about a no-cost home energy assessment

Why? Most homes have many opportunities to save energy and money, but it may be hard to decide where to start. You can start saving right away when you ask your landlord to sign up for a home energy assessment.
Benefits to your landlord:

Having a home energy assessment has a variety of benefits for your landlord:

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

  • Promoting recent energy efficiency upgrades can serve as an attractive selling point.

Step by step:

  1. Put your landlord in touch with a local energy or weatherization office to refer you to a home energy expert near you, or have them visit bpi.org to find a certified expert in your area.

  2. When you schedule an assessment, a certified energy expert will visit your home to search for opportunities to save energy.

  3. The energy expert will complete a visual inspection of your living space, attic, basement, and crawlspaces and perform a number of tests using special diagnostic equipment. The blower door test, for example, measures how much air is leaking out of your home.

  4. The audit will also include required health and safety tests to ensure the major combustion appliances (e.g., furnace, boiler, hot water tank, stove) are operating properly.

  5. Finally, the energy expert will recommend additional steps you can take to increase your home's efficiency and answer any questions you have.

Actions you can take now:

Landlord not ready for a home energy audit? Try these quick actions to save money and use less energy:

  • Find and seal air leaks in your home. Try following drafts of air to their source on the wall, floor, ceiling, and around ductwork.

  • Insulate outlets and light switches. This will help reduce drafts and keep your home more comfortable.

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