Tenants are often in a tough position when it comes to energy efficiency. More often than not, they are responsible for paying their electric and heating bills. At the same time, they have little or no control over how well their dwelling is insulated, how efficiently their water is heated, and other factors that will play a big role in the size of their utility bills.

That being said, there are a number of steps that tenants can take to decrease their utility bills and become more environmentally conscious West Chester residents.
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Talk to your Landlord About Efficiency
Ask your prospective landlord about the apartment’s energy efficiency. Along with the standard questions about parking and noise levels, tenants should also ask their prospective landlord about the apartment’s heating system, the “tightness” of the apartment‘s windows, what they should expect to pay for their heat and electricity, etc.

Instead of being put off by such questions, landlords will be impressed by the applicant’s maturity and fiscal sense and may agree to make whatever energy-efficiency improvements may be needed.

Take the Simple Steps
Do the easy things to make your apartment more energy efficient. While an apartment’s structure plays a major role in the size of a tenant’s utility bills, so too do the tenant’s own energy practices. The apartment-owner can install the most energy-efficient windows and doors on the market, but it will make not make any difference if the tenant leaves them open on a cold January day. Along with keeping an eye on their doors and windows, tenants can take a number of other small steps that could make a big difference in their utility bills. Tenants can find a list of renter-specific energy efficiency steps at the Energy Department’s renter-specific resource.

Checklist & Other Resources
Download and print this handy checklist of residential energy saving tips.

Access a few more helpful links to help you calculate your baseline energy use:
You may also try to contact PECO to learn what the energy use of the previous tenant looked like.