Rent Efficiently: Ways to Save Energy in an Apartment

Responsible apartment renters want to do whatever they can to keep costs down. While apartment living is already more affordable than owning a home, it’s still good to find ways to save energy which will not only help the planet, but it can help you stretch your dollar even more.

Some apartments may come with energy-efficient appliances, but there are plenty of other things you can do on your own to help keep your energy costs down.

Here are 4 simple energy saving solutions you can start utilizing today to keep your costs down.

1. Insulate Your Windows

A surprising amount of energy can escape your house through windows. If you properly insulate your windows, you’ll be amazed at the changes you see in your HVAC bills.

Properly insulating windows can help add extra heat from sunlight, which can help make your apartment much more comfortable as cold weather starts to set in.

You could easily make a DIY plastic cover for your windows or could get a draft stopper for the bottom of your window.

You also shouldn’t under-estimate the power of blackout curtains for the summer. Aside from being a nice and affordable decor statement, they can block out the sun and keep your apartment cooler to save on a/c bills.

2. Unplug Your Devices

Your computer and Xbox may not be on at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t consuming any energy.

Phantom power usage has become a growing concern over the past few years. When appliances and electronics stay plugged in when they’re turned off, they’re still using a small amount of energy. Your smartphone plug is still drawing energy too even though your phone isn’t plugged in.

The easiest way to deal with this problem is to rely on power strips that have an on/off switch. You can keep your devices plugged into it, but switch the entire strip off when you don’t need it.

3. Use Energy Efficient Bulbs

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 5% of all energy costs are associated with lighting. Being smart about the bulbs you put in lamps and light fixtures can help save you money and keep energy costs down.

You may not want to spend an extra dollar on lightbulbs, but that one dollar can end up saving you a lot of money.

Energy-efficient LED lightbulbs last a lot longer than regular light bulbs. They also consume less energy even though they give off a very bright glow.

4. Tightly Pack Your Freezer

When most people think about saving energy around their apartment, their minds don’t immediately turn towards the kitchen. If you take a different approach to the way to stock your freezer, you could end up saving on energy costs.

The tighter you pack your freezer, the colder the space will be.

Every time you open your freezer, it wastes energy trying to chill the warm air that got let in. Bags of ice and newspaper can take up some space and make it easier for your freezer to keep things cool.

Going Beyond Ways To Save Energy

Thinking of ways to save energy isn’t just good for your bank account, it can also help the environment. Share these tips with your other renting friends, to do even more good and to help them save money.

Are you interested in more ways to save? Check out our affordable apartments for rent. Call us today so we can talk about the best way to fit your budget.

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