There are tons of ways to make your apartment more energy efficient, and save some money in the process. Here are 4 quick suggestions that any apartment renter can follow…
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- Watch the thermostat. Your air conditioner/heater is the biggest energy guzzler in your apartment. By adjusting your thermostat by as little as one degree, you can save up to 10% on your electric bill. If you are going to be traveling, remembering to adjust your thermostat before you leave can be a big money saver. As a side note, remember never to turn your thermostat completely off or you will let too much humidity into your apartment and then your air conditioner with have to work twice as hard to get rid of it.
- Shut it off. Simply turning off a light switch or TV when you exit a room can save you a lot of money on electricity. Be sure to turn off and unplug appliances when not in use. Not only will you save money, but you will also be doing something good for the planet.
- Walk, bike or bus. Although these forms of transportation require slightly more planning then just hopping in the car, the benefits definitely out way the hassle. Not only will you have money by not driving, but you will also get more exercise and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Change the bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescents (CFLs). CFLs use less than 50% of the energy that incandescent bulbs need. CFLs will last as much as 10 times longer and they will emit less heat into your apartment – which will reduce the time your air conditioner must run. Note – hold on to the incandescent you replace and put them back when you move out. This will allow you take the much longer lasting CFLs with you to your next home.