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Energy EffeciencyGetting Started with Energy Efficiency

The City of Columbia offers several ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your rental property. Whether the landlord or the tenant are responsible for paying for the utilities, it can significantly add to the monthly budget. Rebate programs offered by the City can help save on energy costs.

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Energy Efficiency

Steps to Finding an Efficient Rental

If you are responsible for paying your utilities,it can significantly add to your monthly budget. Investigating energy details before you sign the lease can help you avoid wasting energy and money plus an energy efficient home is more comfortable.

Safety First

Columbia rental property is required by the Rental Unit Conservation Law to be registered and inspected. Ask your potential landlord to see the Certificate of Compliance or contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at 573-817-5050 or neighborhood@GoColumbiaMo.com.

Utility Data

When looking for a new place to live, make sure you ask your landlord what utilities you will be responsible for paying. You can get some idea of what your utility costs will be by checking the previous billing data. Keep in mind that each individual will have different consumption patterns.Your electric bills will be higher in the summer due to air conditioning.

Energy Efficiency

You can increase the energy efficiency of your property by taking advantage of the following tips and tricks. From air conditioning to electronics, you can make a big difference in your utility costs.

Air Conditioning

Set the thermostat settings as high as possible while maintaining reasonable comfort levels while you’re home and 84 degrees when you’re away. For windows that receive direct sunlight, keep shades closed during the day.

Heating
  • Set thermostat setting sat 68 degrees while you’re home and 60 degrees when you’re away.

  • If you have a heat pump, avoid changing the thermostat temperature more than two degrees at a time during heating season unless you are going to be away for several days. Otherwise the “emergency” or “ auxiliary” heat will come on which costs more. Generally, this shouldn't come on unless it is less than 20 degrees outside.

  • For windows that receive direct sunlight, keep shades open during the day and close them at night. 

Free Energy Audits

Free audits are available for all City of Columbia Utility customers.  Sign up online HERE or call (573) 874-7325.

Columbia Water and Light started the Energy Audit program in 1979 as a tool for our citizens fight the energy crisis.  Columbia Water and Light encourages efficient use of water and electricity because it can make a big difference for all of us. For you, the immediate benefit is lower costs. For the community, it means more resources and a cleaner environment for years to come.

The free evaluation of your home, or business, will provide energy and water efficiency tips specific for your location.  This program ensures that you will receive an unbiased review of habits, equipment and structure issues so you can make informed decisions as to where your conservation efforts will reap the highest returns.

If you have asked yourself any of these questions but didn’t know the answer, you need an Energy Audit:

  • Are your windows air-tight?  How do you seal them up? Should you replace them? 
  • Do you have adequate insulation?
  • Do you have hidden water leaks?
  • How much do your appliances cost to run?
  • Is it cost effective to replace your heating and cooling system?
  • Why does the temperature vary so much from room to room?
  • Is buying a low flow shower head going to save me that much money?
  • What new technologies are available to save energy?

 

Many of the tips our specialist recommends are easy, low cost, do-it-yourself projects.  Onsite visits last about an hour to an hour and a half.  Included with the visit:

  • A review of your electric and water consumption history
  • An interior and exterior onsite evaluation
  • Review of weatherization materials that will work best for your particular needs
  • Lifestyle strategies to lower your usage
  • Equipment energy use assessment and pay back periods for replacements
  • Landscaping tips for keeping your house cool
  • Eligibility for other Columbia Water and Light conservation programs
  • How to clean and maintain your appliances

Use the Online Energy Audit to see how you can be more energy efficient.

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Energy Efficiency

You can increase the energy efficiency of your property by taking advantage of the following tips and tricks. From air conditioning to electronics, you can make a big difference in your utility costs.

Air Conditioning

Set the thermostat settings as high as possible while maintaining reasonable comfort levels while you’re home and 84 degrees when you’re away. For windows that receive direct sunlight, keep shades closed during the day.

Heating
  • Set thermostat setting sat 68 degrees while you’re home and 60 degrees when you’re away.

  • If you have a heat pump, avoid changing the thermostat temperature more than two degrees at a time during heating season unless you are going to be away for several days. Otherwise the “emergency” or “ auxiliary” heat will come on which costs more. Generally, this shouldn't come on unless it is less than 20 degrees outside.

  • For windows that receive direct sunlight, keep shades open during the day and close them at night.