10 Hacks to Make Your Apartment More Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency isn't just about reducing your impact on the environment.
K. Davis

It's also about reducing your energy bill's impact on your wallet. With these 10 hacks, you can do both and turn your apartment into an energy-saving home.


1.) Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs replace incandescent bulbs. They use only 2% to 25% of the energy that incandescent lights require. CFL bulbs also last much longer. By some estimates, they have 8 to 15 times the life of an incandescent bulb.


Be aware that compact fluorescent bulbs and fixtures have a higher price point than less energy-efficient models. What you pay upfront will be rewarded, however, with long-term savings on your energy bill.


2.) Turn Off Power Cords When You Aren't Using Them

Power cords are a great way to save on the amount of energy you use. Plug in your devices to one strip, and then switch it off when you aren't using those devices.


3.) Add Insulation to Your Windows

Before you dig on this task, ask your building supervisor to approve this minor modification. If it's not a violation of your tenancy agreement, start by caulking behind each outlet and around each window in your home.


In winter, place plastic covers over the windows you don't need to open and close every day. For example, you might prefer covering your bathroom and kitchen windows over your living room and bedroom windows. For the windows you'd prefer not to cover, get a draft stopper and place it on the windowsill to stop cold air from entering.


4.) Hang Thermal Curtains on Your Windows

Also known as blackout curtains, thermal curtains offer two huge benefits for apartment dwellers.


First, they rather effectively block the light emitted into your home. You can sleep in almost total darkness, even in the middle of the day. This decreased sunlight in your apartment helps to reduce your space's interior temperature during warmer months.


Second, blackout curtains insulate your windows, preventing cold air from entering the room in which the curtains hang.


5.) Pack Your Freezer Until It's Full

A tightly packed freezer doesn't use as much energy as an empty one. While it may seem counterintuitive, the freezer has to actively decrease its air temperature. The more items that are within the freezer, the less air it needs to cool. Fill your freezer, and it'll reduce your energy use.


6.) Clean Your Refrigerator

A dusty, dirty refrigerator wastes a lot of energy. The motor within your refrigerator gets clogged with dust and then needs to work harder to stay cool. When the coils get dirty, they also use extra energy to keep the refrigerator cool. To prevent this issue from happening, put on some rubber gloves and wipe down the coils and interior of the refrigerator.


7.) Set Your Thermostat Lower

Programmable thermostats are an inexpensive investment. For less than $40, you can set your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees less than normal and reduce your energy bill by up to 15% annually.


8.) Adjust Your Water Heating Setting

Just like your thermostat, set your water heater to a cooler but still tolerable temperature. This will reduce the amount of energy your water heater uses.


9.) Increase Airflow in the Summer

Summers in Ohio and Kentucky​ are hot and humid. Often it seems like you can't function without running the air conditioner.


Circulate more air through your apartment with standing fans, which will decrease the apartment's interior temperature without running up your energy bill. An energy-efficient dehumidifier can reduce the humidity in your apartment. Be careful not to run it too often to keep costs down.


10.) Choose an Apartment With Energy-Efficient Features

Even the best energy-saving hacks have their limits. If you're committed to having a low energy bill and reducing your impact on the environment, do your research and find a rental with energy-efficient features.


As you look for a new apartment, contact a local real estate management company that focuses on green initiatives.

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