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How to be a sustainable renter
You don’t have to own your home to live more sustainably in a rental property.
Living sustainably doesn’t have to involve renovations and installations usually accessible only to home buyers. As a renter, you can also enjoy a sustainable home life – without having to lure permission from your landlord.
From property pre-checks and keeping the heat in the kitchen to hot tips for your hot-water system and planting your own produce, here’s how to make your rental property kinder to the earth – and your bank account.
Six ways to make your rental home more sustainable
Spot-check before you sign
Haven’t decided on a property yet? Do pre-checks to determine a home’s sustainability score.
Check the property’s orientation at your inspection to see if the windows are north-facing, and therefore will benefit from streams of winter sunlight. Try to avoid large, west-facing windows as the afternoon sun will quickly heat the space in summer. Look for ceiling fans, ask about ceiling insulation and keep an eye out for draughts or leaking taps.
Cook up a sustainable storm
Keep the heat in your kitchen by checking your oven seals. Simply place a piece of paper between the oven and the oven door. If it slides down, the seals need replacing.
Check your fridge seals, too. Be sure your fridge is positioned in a cool spot away from the stove and direct sun, and keep at least 50 millimetres of space at its top, back and sides to allow for ventilation. You can boost your fridge’s efficiency by waiting until food has cooled before storing inside.
Hot tip for hot water
Hot-water systems are often culprits for high energy usage. Check the temperature to make sure yours is running efficiently. The tank temperature on storage hot-water systems should be set at about 60 degrees, while instantaneous systems should be set at 50 degrees or lower.
Go one step further and turn off your system, including the pilot light, when you go away for holidays or weekends. Your system should have instructions on how to re-light it on your return.