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Cool site. I wish someone would come up with a site to help out renters. What can one do if one rents from an owner who is not the type to install double-pane windows, low-flow shower faucets or toilets, or replace aging major appliances?

You can still do some stuff w/o spending a lot or making major changes to the house.

1. You could install a programmable thermostat - ask first or keep old one on-hand to swap back when you move.

2. Fill a 16 oz soda bottle with sand and cap. Place in toilet tank. See if it still gives enough water to flush & fill ok. Add another (or larger one) - keep going until you get it just right. the bottles will take up volume in the tank that would otherwise fill with water & be flushed away.

3. Install your own low-flow showerheads. The $6 "navy" ones work well if you have low water pressure, but they aren't decorative at all.

4. Use thermal insulated curtains.

5. Thermal wrap on water heater.

6. Peel & stick weather strips around exterior doors.

7. Install storm doors - ask first - kind of expensive for good ones

8. Install CF lightbulbs everywhere.

9. Do what you can with inefficient older appliances - set water heater thermostat a little lower, replace HVAC filters often, clean refrigerator coils, use 50% or less available refrigerator & freezer space, wash full loads w/ cold water, etc.

Probably lots of other little things you could look around & figure out. All that stuff won't make a huge difference - esp if the house is poorly insulated - but its a start.
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