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Do Renters Use More Energy?

Why would anyone buy inefficient appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, and dryers?  There are several possible answers to this question but today, we’re exploring one of them: They are not buying these appliances for themselves.  Landlords rent out their property to a tenant and, in most cases; the tenant is responsible for the energy bill.  Having inefficient appliances is just one factor that could be affecting a tenant’s rising energy costs.

According to research done by the University of California, Berkeley, an owner-occupied dwelling is far more likely to have ENERGY STAR rated appliances than a rental unit is.  In their study, they discovered that 45 percent of owner-occupied dwellings have a washing machine that is ENERGY STAR rated versus only 17 percent of tenant-occupied dwellings.  What’s the big deal about ENERGY STAR rated appliances?  Well, they use approximately 10-30 percent less energy, which can result in energy bill savings.

The results of this research would seem to argue that the Energy Department should ban appliances that are the least efficient instead of awarding their seal of approval to those that are the most efficient.  Since that won’t be happening any time soon, it’s in the best interest of the tenant to do their research before deciding on a place to rent.  Maybe a “must have� on the tenant’s checklist should be that the unit has ENERGY STAR rated appliances.  When deciding on where to live, it’s about so much more than location, location, location these days.


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