The biggest mistake people make is assuming that the little things they can do to conserve energy won’t make a difference. Like unplugging an appliance before you go to bed will really change the world. Well, that alone may not change the world, but if you and millions of people contribute, it’s a major step in the right direction. Not only will it make a difference in the environment, but it you’ll notice the difference in your wallet.
By taking a few seconds per every day to do little things around your apartment that save energy, you could pay for a couple tanks of gas each year. Maybe more. Doesn’t that seem worth it?
The steps you can take to conserve energy in your apartment are so easy that it’s almost mind boggling. Ultimately, it’s a choice, not a chore. In recognition of Earth Day, we’ve created this very simple checklist to help apartment renters make the right choices to save both energy and money. Feel free to add to the list!
- Turn off any lights and appliances when not in use. Many electronics products use energy even when turned off, so use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are done using equipment. Keep in mind that electronics also add heat to your home, so this is especially important during summer months.
- For the same reason, unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use (cell phone, Bluetooth, laptop, tablet, etc.).
- Use energy efficient light bulbs throughout your apartment.
- Control and take advantage of solar energy. For cooling, keep windows shaded to keep out direct sun. For heating, allow sunlight to enter during the day and close shades at night to keep the heat inside your apartment.
- Adjust your thermostat when you leave your apartment, or set your programmable thermostat accordingly to avoid heating or cooling an empty apartment unnecessarily.
- Make sure all air registers are unobstructed so air flows freely and your heating and cooling units aren’t using more energy than necessary.
- Use fans and open windows to stay cool whenever possible instead of turning on air conditioning. Use ceiling fans backwards to circulate warm air down from the ceiling.
- If you have a washing machine or dishwasher, only wash full loads and use cold or warm water whenever possible. If you have a clothes dryer, clean the lint trap before each load and avoid over drying your clothes.