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September 29, 2008

Green Your Rental -- Reduce Heat Waste

With home ownership climbing out of reach, going green at home increasingly means finding ways to conserve resources that won't get tenants in hot water with property owners. Want to green your rental? Here's how to get started.

Tip #1: Heat your home--not walls and furniture

Before you crank up the thermostat this fall, check around air registers to make sure heat can flow freely. Poorly placed furniture and drapes can block them and keep your living space from getting toasty. For homes with radiators, Energy Star recommends placing heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and exterior walls to keep warmth coming into the room instead of seeping outside. If you have a fireplace, closing the flue and tempered-glass doors when you don't have a fire going will help keep heat from escaping up the chimney.

Share your tips: How do you keep your rental green?

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