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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
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
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
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
3.) Add Insulation to Your Windows
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.
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
known as blackout curtains, thermal curtains offer two huge benefits for
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.
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
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
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
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
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
in Ohio and Kentucky are hot and humid. Often it seems like you can't function
without running the air conditioner.
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
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