Honest disclosure: we spend a lot of time talking to homeowners.
And sorry – we don’t give people living in apartments enough air time.
Here are some tips for you to increase your energy savings:
- Use lights only when you need them
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs…even if you know you’re not going to stay for a long time in your current apartment
- In a fixture with multiple lights, do not use CFLs and incandescent bulbs – the heat from the incandescents dramatically reduces the life of CFLs
- Dust your lamps and light fixtures regularly so they give off their maximum brightness
- Portable/baseboard electric heaters eat a lot of energy. Wear thicker clothing during the winter and turn them low.
- Curtains and window shades help keep the heat in during winter so you don’t have to use as much electric energy heating your apartment.
- Turn the computer off if you’re going to be away from it for more than an hour…and do the same with your printer.
- Watch every other electric device in your apartment, and turn them off too because they use standby power when plugged in.
- Let frozen foods thaw slightly before you cook them.
- Use smaller appliances in place of bigger ones. For example, cook with your microwave rather than your oven when you can.
- To keep your food both safe and cold, keep your fridge at 36-42°, and your freezer at 0°. Using any more energy than that is just a waste.
- Washing your dishes by hand saves much more total energy versus using the dishwasher.
- Limit the length of your shower or bath. Maybe even shower or bathe at the gym as often as possible!
- Are you a really good tenant? Ask your landlord to buy an energy-efficient fridge or microwave. Good tenants can often get what they want.
- Live on the second floor? Open up your windows when it’s cooler out to circulate as much cool air as possible.
Apartment renters – we didn’t forget about you! Hope this helps you save some money so you can buy your own home.