Save Energy in Your Apartment
Whether you rent or own a rental property, there are many opportunities to make your home or property more efficient, comfortable, and affordable. Taking energy-saving actions in a rental brings benefits to both landlords and renters—lower energy bills, increased health, and greater safety, among many others. NYSERDA offers the resources and tips to help both landlords and renters make and afford home energy improvements.
As a renter, you may feel as though you don’t have control over the energy costs in your home. But there are many no-cost and low-cost opportunities to save energy without making any major changes to your space. For example, simple actions such as replacing inefficient light bulbs, using a programmable thermostat, and getting the correctly sized window air conditioner can reduce your monthly energy bills.
Community solar lets renters access the economic benefits of clean energy without purchasing or installing solar panels. By subscribing to a community solar project, customers receive credits (i.e., savings) on their electric utility bill for their portion of the solar energy that’s generated each month. When you choose community solar, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and supporting clean energy generated locally in New York.
Focusing on energy efficiency and tapping into clean energy sources can bring you many benefits, including:
- Cost Savings. Saving money through reduced energy bills
- Comfort. Enjoying greater comfort in your home year-round by lowering humidity and moderating temperatures
- Cleaner Environment. Contributing to a cleaner and healthier community by reducing your carbon footprint
NYSERDA has tips to help make your home more efficient without spending a lot of money, whether you are replacing inefficient light bulbs or installing low-flow showerheads. NYSERDA also has tips to help you find energy-efficient living options when looking for your next rental.
Opportunities and Incentives
As a renter, you can access programs and assistance to reduce energy use, save money, and improve your comfort at home.
EmPower+ offers no-cost home energy assessments and no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency services to income-eligible homeowners and renters, including insulation, air sealing, energy-efficient light bulbs, and replacement of an inefficient refrigerator and freezer.
NY Energy Advisor
NY Energy Advisor connects income-eligible New Yorkers, including renters, with a customized list of energy-related assistance programs from NYSERDA and utilities to help pay energy bills, make efficiency improvements, and more.
Regional Clean Energy Hubs
NYSERDA created the Regional Clean Energy Hubs—teams of trusted, knowledgeable, community-based organizations across the state—to help New Yorkers, including renters, navigate clean energy opportunities for their home, business, or career.
As a landlord, you can improve your building or rental property by increasing its energy performance. With each energy-related upgrade you make, your property can become more efficient, marketable, and profitable.
Making energy efficiency upgrades can bring you many benefits, including:
- Cost Savings. Achieving higher operational efficiency and saving money through reduced operating costs
- Tenant Satisfaction. Bettering your tenants’ quality of life by reducing their energy bills and improving the comfort and safety of their homes
- Property Marketability. Attracting an increasing population of energy-savvy tenants
- Property Value. Increasing the value of your property by creating a more durable building (e.g., by mitigating moisture issues and ice damming)
Opportunities and Incentives
NYSERDA can help landlords solve common energy problems—and save money—through the NY Energy Advisor and EmPower New York.
EmPower+ offers no-cost home energy assessments and no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency services to income-eligible homeowners and renters, including insulation, air sealing, energy-efficient light bulbs, and replacement of an inefficient refrigerator and freezer. Landlords of buildings with 100 or fewer units can encourage their income-eligible tenants to apply.
NY Energy Advisors
NY Energy Advisor connects affordable housing property owners with energy-saving offers focused on energy efficiency, clean energy, and energy storage.