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Energy Guide
Home Heating, Energy Tips

The Energy section is new and will undergo gradual development. Energy has become a larger issue for tenants afer the winter of 2000 - 2001 saw a dramatic rise in energy pricing. General links for energy assistance will be provided, followed by Colorado links. If you wish to find local or state energy links on the Internet, try using a phrase search such as "low income energy assistance".Other energy issues will be discussed in this section.

Read about tenant energy issues and potential fraudulent billing by landlords. (below)

General Energy Resources:

Colorado Energy Resources:

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Tenant Energy Issues

Energy prices during the winter of 2000 - 2001 were approximately double the prices in the prior winter Many landlords who once provided so-called "free" heat (priced into the rent) have more recntly started billing for heat separately from rent while not lowering rent prices to account for the change. Thus essentially, energy has raised overall rents. TenantRights.Net will be dredging up some energy tips and wisdom little by little.

One immediate issue will be energy billing practices where the heat bill.is split up by the landlord. Such practice is prone to virtually no accountability. In some cases, landlords use several tricks to manifest monthly billings that are neither honest nor fully verifiable. TenantRights.Net will explore the problem and will suggest remedies and prescribe changes in law

Specific Split-Bill Accounting Problems:

Recommendations for Split-Bill Heating Tenants:

Electrical Ripoffs:

In older buildings it is not uncommon to be metered for electrical usage unfairly even if each tenant has his own meter. You should be wary of this possibility especially in old apartment houses, lofts or buildings that may have been redivided or oddly remodelled. We have known buildings where a tenant meter and breaker box was the source for electricity used in other units or in lighting hallway lights of high wattage backyard security lamps. In the worst cases you may not even be able to access the meter for reading it.

We recommend that you never move into an old building without first inquiring about electrical metering being exclusive to your domain. You might also want to test who's draining your power. When you first move in you should turn off your private breaker for a period of time. Then see if you get any complaints of adjacent tenant power outages and see if common hall lights all work. Keep in mind that it can take hours or a whole day before some other tenant might notice that a particular outlet does not work when he turns on his 1,200 watt space heater at your expense. Therefore it may be ideal for you to black out your breaker right after you sign the lease and not turn it on until you are moving in a day or two later.

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