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.
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.
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.
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.During the winter, either your electric or natural gas bills will go up, depending on the type of furnace.
City of Columbia: electric, water, sewer and trash...(573) 874-7380 or UCS@GoColumbiaMo.com
Boone Electric Cooperative:provides a small portion of Columbia with electricity...(573) 449-4181 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ameren Missouri: natural gas service...1-800-552-7583
Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) has been operating a weatherization assistance program since 1975. This is a federally funded program geared toward qualified low-income, elderly and handicapped households. The goals of the program are to reduce utility bills, increase energy efficiency, and to provide comfortable and safe housing for program recipients. More detailed information about the program can be found here or by calling CMCA's Weatherization Office at (573) 443-3500.
Since apartments are smaller and share walls,ceilings and floors with neighbors,heating and cooling costs are generally lower than a house. In apartments, ground floor units tend to be cooler year round while top floor apartments tend to be warmer.Windows on the south side will allow your apartment to collect natural heat in winter.Windows on the westside can increase your air conditioning bills.
Water heating is normally the second highest utility expense after heating and cooling. It uses energy both in heating water and then in maintaining the temperature once it's heated. Water heater eﬃciency is inﬂuenced by the age, insulation, temperature setting and location of the unit.
Where is the water heater located? How old is the unit? If it is in an unconditioned space, like a garage, or if it is an older unit, ask your landlord if an insulated jacket can be added.
Is the water heater or any of the faucets leaking? If so, make sure these are ﬁxed before signing a lease.
Air loss can account for 50% of your annual heating and cooling costs. Walk around the home to see if you feel strong drafts or notice any holes or gaps around the doors and windows. An easyﬁxtomostoftheseiseithercaulkorspray foam insulation. These items should be addressed by the landlord before you sign the lease.
Ask the owner what levels of insulation are in the walls, ceiling and ﬂoor. Proper insulation will hold in your heated and cooled air which reduces your utility bills.
Are the windows double paned so they are more eﬃcient? If there are older, single paned windows make sure the storm windows are in good condition and there are no obvious gaps aroundthesidesorlooseﬁttingwindows.If window replacement is not possible, ask your landlord if caulking and sealing can be made a priority.
Inquire about the age of major appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer, room air-conditioners and stove. Energy Star rated or newer appliances will save energy and money. The refrigerator will probably be your top electric consuming appliance. Their eﬃciency is determined by age, cleanliness of cooling coils, functioning thermostat and a tight door gasket.
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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.
Not everyone has the same ideas about energy efficiency. To keep roommates on the same page, setup house rules about thermostat settings and other energy saving practices.
Run washer, dryer and dishwasher only when you have full loads. Air dry dishes instead of using the drying cycle feature. Replace frequently used incandescent bulbs with compact ﬂuorescent or LED bulbs.
Information Provided by: City of Columbia Water & Light