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Thermal lined curtains would make a big difference especially if the windows are single glazed. Draught proofing using self-adhesive strip is both subtle and removable. Topping up loft insulation, as it's out of sight, is something that might be permitted quite easily, but could be expensive. Other options are things like shower flow reducers and toilet ...


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As for federal tax credits, I believe they only apply to 'principal residence' so you must both own and live in it. However the landlord may be able to write it off as a cost if she pays the bill, for some relief. Check the energystar.gov site for details on what qualifies for tax credits: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index . ...


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On the financing front: I don't know about the situation in the US, but some countries have schemes whereby grants or favourable loans are available for improving the energy efficiency of housing stock. For example, in the UK there is the "Green Deal". These schemes will vary in their usefulness versus the amount of bureaucracy involved, but are worth ...


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Faucet aerators are cheap ways to help save water and you can install/uninstall them pretty easily. SmartStrips and other power-saving devices can help cut off phantom loads. Most innovations that reduce plug load electric usage, except perhaps large appliances, are available to renters. Energy-saving light bulbs can also generally be installed/...


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One important thing is to talk to your landlord. In anglonesia I've found some landlords will negotiate improvements on a "you do the work to a professional standard, they reap the benefit when you leave" basis. This is especially the case when there are subsidies available, like the hot water and home insulation ones that make the cost to the landlord very ...


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Your system fails immediately when prices rise. Since prices rising is inevitable, your system will inevitably fail. Even if it did work for a year, you hit diminishing returns right-away, and there goes the motivation for further/continuing effort. This is a problem that cannot be solved by playing with numbers on a spreadsheet. Group rewards don't ...


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You asked this question a while ago so not sure if you still need an answer, but I used to live in Silver Spring, MD, so the question caught my eye. If you're in Montgomery County or Prince George's, Pepco is likely your utility, and they provide a number of energy saving programs. When I lived in Silver Spring, I signed up for Energy Wise Rewards and got a ...


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