Renters

Energy-Saving Solutions for Every Apartment Type

You don’t have to own your house, apartment or condo to benefit from smart energy. Energize Connecticut connects you with simple energy-saving steps – no-cost and low-cost – that you can take right away in your apartment, condo or rental home.

Overview

Most renters in the Northeast spend $140 to $200 a month on energy costs1. You may be able to reduce what you spend on energy and make your apartment, condo or house more comfortable, with no-cost and low-cost energy-saving changes. Besides steps you can take yourself, you could benefit from on-the-spot improvements and advice through the Home Energy Solutions program.

Whether you pay utility costs directly or as part of your rent, you can make a difference by saving energy or supporting renewable energy.

The following no-cost and low cost tips offer some easy ways to get started regardless of where you live:

  • Turn off lights when they aren’t in use.
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Use a fan during the summer months instead of an air conditioner.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave your apartment or home.
  • If you control your heat in the winter, turn down the thermostat when you are not home and at night.
  • Install an energy-efficient showerhead to save on water heating costs.
  • Arrange your furniture so it doesn’t block or obstruct any heat vents, radiators or baseboard heaters. This includes drapes and curtains.
  • Sign up to support clean energy

See our Smart Energy Tips for more ideas.

If you live in a large apartment building, let the owner or superintendent know about available energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. We offer rebates and assistance to make energy-saving improvements in common areas and shared heating and cooling systems. To learn more, visit the Multi-Family Facilities page.

Source: 1U.S. Department of Energy

How We Can Help

As a Connecticut renter, you can take advantage of a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs funded through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. In particular, you can benefit from technical advice and rebates through the Home Energy Solutions program.

To find smart energy options that are right for you, please visit our programs wizard, check out the smart energy solutions we offer, or see a list of popular choices below.

POPULAR CHOICES
Save with ENERGY STAR®

Cash in on reduced pricing or rebates on efficient lighting & appliances.

Schedule In-Home Energy Services

Take the first step. Get free energy-saving services if you meet income guidelines.

Choose Renewable Energy

Sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions and build a clean energy future.


Home Energy Solutions-Core Services

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HES - Income Eligible

Use less energy and save money with no-cost energy upgrades. If you meet income requirements, you can qualify for valuable home weatherization services, whether you rent or own your home. Sign up now to enjoy greater year-round comfort and lower energy costs. Sign up fast track

ENERGY STAR® Retail Products

ENERGY STAR-certified appliances improve your home and the planet. You’ll find these energy-saving products at retailers near you. Start saving right away with reduced pricing or rebates for qualifying products. Then enjoy energy savings month after month.

ENERGY STAR® Lighting

Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the easiest ways to save money and energy and do your part for the environment. To make it easy and affordable, we team up with retailers and manufacturers to offer discount prices on many types of ENERGY STAR-certified lighting products.

Multi-Family

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SmartLiving Center

The SmartLiving Center is part science museum, part hands-on activity center and part home improvement showroom. Whether you visit for a seminar, an event or a tour, you’ll learn how to use energy wisely throughout your home and make smart energy choices.

CTCleanEnergyOptions

Even if you’re not ready to invest in a solar energy system for your home, you can support clean, renewable energy. Sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions on-line or by calling the supplier of your choice. By paying a small surcharge, you can support renewable energy generation while...

Tax Credits

Many energy-saving home improvements qualify for tax credits that can reduce your tax liability. Coupled with rebates and incentives, they help make smart energy choices pencil out.