Dorms. Apartments. Condos. Single-family homes. No matter where you call home, you and other renters in the Seattle area account for 52% of all City Light residential customers. More than half. And Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, with many new multifamily buildings being constructed in 2016.
Living in the Seattle area, you have a lot of advantages as a renter. The City of Seattle supports LEED building certification and the energy reporting program (one of only 16 in the country) that requires all commercial and multifamily buildings to report their energy usage on an annual basis. That means you have information available to you to choose the "greenest," most energy-efficient rental spaces on the market.
As a City Light customer, your home is powered by the nations' greenest utility
. That means all your tools, toys and technology are powered by affordable and environmentally and socially-responsible electricity. Not only do renters enjoy the lowest rates of the largest 25 cities in the country, income-eligible renters can qualify for a 60% discount
on their electric bill and other City services to help create comfortable living spaces in summer and winter.
City Light customers are learning how to use less, waste less, and spend less on electricity. You don’t need to own a home to make energy-efficient changes. You can lower your bill, stay comfortable at home and be a part of building a sustainable energy future for the region.
- Program your thermostat versus keeping the house warm while you’re away.
- Close off unoccupied rooms.
- Open blinds and shades on sunny windows. Close them at night. Keep them shut in the summer to keep the heat out.
- Caulk, weather-strip and insulate your home
- Use a blanket or put on a warm sweater or sweatshirt to stay warm.
- Many electronics consume energy even when they are turned off. Start by unplugging them when not in use.
- Plug items into a power strip to easily turn them off when they are not in use.
- When purchasing electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR ® logo.
Don't throw money down the drain – save water!
- Install an EPA WaterSense certified showerhead, and take quick showers instead of baths—you can save 2,900 gallons of water a year!
- Take shorter showers.
- Only wash full loads of laundry and you can save 3,400 gallons of water each year! If you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water too.
- Use cold water whenever possible to wash clothes or rinse dishes.
- Scrape dirty dishes, don’t rinse, before loading the dishwasher to decrease the total water and energy used to clean the dishes.
- Crockpots, microwaves, solar ovens are more efficient than your oven.
- Thaw frozen foods before cooking them.
- Use LED light bulbs. They use 80 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulb. Plus, the LED light bulb primarily produces light, whereas your incandescent produces heat.
- When shopping for LED light bulbs, look for the City Light logo for an instant in-store discount and a bulb that meets rigorous standards.
- Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room—it only takes seconds to save for hours while you’re away!
If any of these tips are things you can't change on your own, share these tips and encourage your landlord to help you make a change for the better!