I found this interesting website for renters who want to live a lifestyle of LESS via David Holmgren's Retrosuburbia newsletter and thought it would be useful to the Green Wizard renter set here. It is directed towards those in Australia, but I'm sure the principles are applicable elsewhere, as they also tested this stuff out in Germany too:
From the "About" page of the site:
"Smart Renting had humble beginnings in 2011 when your authors, Steve and Rabea wanted to save energy around a rental house, given that home ownership was (and still is) unaffordable for many would be first home buyers in Melbourne.
We had no idea how far it would go into other parts of our lives or how much it would transform our lives for the better.
After we significantly reduced our home energy use, we went further by going car free, incorporating local produce into our diets and more recently have added home grown produce and composting to the mix.
We wanted to make changes that were cheap and easy to implement and could work in almost any rental property. We also tested these ideas in Germany for four years.
A funny thing happened along the way:
We tripled our yearly savings rate (which were already pretty healthy) making home ownership a reasonable prospect for us should we choose it
We learned to enjoy living in rental properties and to make them work for us
We were able to go from five days a week of working to four
We got healthier and more active
We have more time and energy for others and ourselves
We enjoy more reliable household services and transportation
Travel (a favourite pastime of ours) has become a deeper and more rewarding experience
We never felt that we were going without or making sacrifices, if anything, we feel richer than ever (and not just in the monetary sense)"