Tips for Renters and Property Owners

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If you rent, or if you own a rental unit, you can use many of the tips throughout this guide to save money and energy.

Renters

You can reduce your utility bills by following the tips in these sections:

Encourage your landlord to follow these tips as well. He or she will save energy and money, improving your comfort and lowering your utility bills even more.

Property Owners

Nearly all of the information on Energy Saver also applies to rental units. The section on Your Home's Energy Use focuses on air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling, roofing, landscaping, water heating, windows, appliances, and renewable energy.

To learn more about U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

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Rebates & Tax Credits

Federal tax credits for the following products expired at the end of 2016:
 

  • Insulation materials
  • Windows, doors, and skylights
  • Efficient roofs
  • Heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.

If you made these improvements in 2015 or 2016, file form 5695 with your taxes to claim the credit.
Learn more about the tax credits and find state or local incentives.