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Making Your Apartment More Energy Efficient

Here are some helpful ways to make your apartment for energy efficient in order to lower costs.

  • Change your Light Bulbs.  While Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) cost almost twice as much as incandescent lightbulbs, they also use 75 percent less energy and last ten times longer.
  • Unplug your appliances when they are not being used because they still draw electricity from your outlets. The most convenient way to accomplish this is by plugging as much as possible into one or two power strips and unplugging the power strip before heading to work or going to bed.
  • Institute a digital-free evening or day. If you cannot go completely without television, cell phones, or anything electric (save for the refrigerator), then try television-free days or evenings.
  • Wash clothes in cold water only and adjust water levels to fit the load size. Clean the lint filter after every dryer load and don't overload the dryer, as items will take longer to dry.
  • Run the dishwasher only when fully loaded or use energy saving settings for partial loads.
  • Close blinds/shades before leaving for work during the summer months to decrease the internal temperature in your apartment. During the winter, shut the blinds/shades at night in order to keep heat from escaping.
  • Make sure furniture doesn't block registers or vent.

 

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