Save Energy in Your Apartment
When renting, it may not be feasible to invest in energy-saving innovations that homeowners have. But that doesn’t mean that being energy-efficient is completely out of reach! Here are some steps you can take to be more environmentally-friendly and save money:
Turn Thermostat Down at Night
Turn your thermostat down 7-10 degrees when you go to sleep each night to save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills each year. If you live alone, without pets or roommates, you can even turn the heat down when you’re not home.
Weatherstrip the Windows
Drafts can easily come in through the windows, forcing your heater to work itself when it shouldn’t need to. Add some weatherstripping products to your windows to help keep the heat in and the cold air out. An alternative option is to place a rolled-up towel in front of the window sill.
Prevent Phantom Power
Phantom power is the energy that your devices use up when they are plugged in, but not in use. Make sure to unplug your phone charger, power strips, toaster, and other similar items when you aren’t using them to reduce energy use. You can also get smart power strips that automatically turn off electricity usage to items you’re not using.
Washing your clothes on the warm or hot cycle uses up lots of energy, seeing as you’re using gallons of water that also have to be heated up. 75% of the energy your washer is using when you used heated cycles is actually going to warming that water. Cold water does the trick just as well, so make the switch to save energy.
Don’t Cover Heating & Cooling Vents
When placing furniture in your apartment, make sure to avoid putting any pieces directly in front of or on top of the heating and cooling vents. Covering the vents will force your air to work harder than it needs to, so keep those areas free to let your air flow properly.
Did you know that rugs help insulate your home? Lay area rugs down during the winter to reduce energy. You don’t even have to splurge! Your rental apartment won’t be your home forever, so get something that will do the trick for now.
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