Are you interested in making your apartment more energy efficient? Did you know can make a difference in the environment and save on utility costs, just by making a few lifestyle changes at home?
Apartment residents, who typically cannot make structural changes, can find ways to save on utility bills by taking steps to save energy and water. Consider the following energy-saving steps that you can take in your apartment as suggestions for making your apartment home more energy-efficient.
Check for air leakage: Air leaking through openings at doors and windows significantly increases utility costs for heating and cooling your apartment. Check the exterior doors and windows in your apartment for drafts to determine whether the addition of weather stripping is needed. By reviewing your rental agreement, you’ll have a good understanding of how to go about approaching your landlord to request added weather stripping, or even regarding the replacement of certain doors and windows, as needed.
Passive solar strategy for window coverings: Apply simple passive solar design concepts to help reduce heating and cooling loads year-round. Window coverings such as curtains, shades and blinds contribute substantially to reducing summer cooling loads. If they are made of a thick material they can be utilized during winter months as night shades to prevent heat loss, and keeping the window coverings open during daylight hours will allow the sun to heat up the interior of your apartment.
Replace incandescent bulbs: When you periodically find yourself replacing light bulbs in your apartment, be sure to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lighting. LED (light emitting diode) lamps are a state-of-the-art technology offering energy-efficient, long-lasting lamp life. In comparison to incandescent bulbs, LEDs have a longer lifespan, use less energy, and are safer. They use up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, are cool to the touch and are made from nontoxic materials.
Maintain appliances: Appliances that are well maintained will run more efficiently and require replacement less frequently. Appliance maintenance you can perform easily is cleaning refrigerator coils and other appliance filters on a regular basis. If you purchase your own appliances such as a refrigerator or washer/dryer, be sure to purchase energy-saving models which can dramatically reduce energy usage.
Use the exhaust fans: When cooking, use the exhaust fan to remove heat and smoke from the kitchen area. Utilize the bathroom fan to remove excess humidity from the air following a shower.
A few more things you can do to reduce energy consumption in your apartment include planning your cooking to occur during cooler hours of the day in the summer; unplug appliances, computers and electronic devices that utilize small amounts of energy when not in use; and report any leaky faucets to your landlord.
As an apartment renter who is researching ideas for how to conserve energy resources, you are taking the first steps toward successfully living a greener lifestyle. These improvements will help you save on utility costs, and enable you to live in a more eco-friendly manner at home.