Winter is coming.
Is your apartment prepared for the chilling temperatures ahead?
You’ve probably heard some common ways to conserve your energy bills — window film, caulking, etc. But, these solutions mainly pertain to homeowners. No fair, right?
We have some good news, though. Even if you’re just renting, there are still plenty of ways you can keep your place toasty (without costing an arm and a leg). Keep reading to learn our seven sneaky ways to lower your apartment heating bills this season!
1. Reverse, reverse.
You may think of your ceiling fan as a way to cool down, but did you know it can actually keep heat from escaping your apartment? Simply flip the rotation switch (which makes the blades travel counter wise), set to a low speed and enjoy the savings.
2. Blinded by the light.
During winter, take advantage of the daylight sun by keeping the curtains drawn. As soon as it starts getting dark, draw your blinds and curtains shut. An extra tip: opt for thicker material or black-out curtains during the colder seasons. They’ll help prevent drafts from escaping through your windows.
3. Shut the front door.
We mentioned drafts traveling through your windows, but did you know they can do so through your door as well? Stop by your local store and pick up a draft stopper. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take to Pinterest and create your own!
4. Layer by layer.
You can never stock up enough on blankets and fuzzy socks! Lowering your thermostat a degree or two won’t make a huge temperature difference but will save tons of energy over the course of the season.
5. Light it up.
Did you know lighting is one of the easiest solutions to save? When you opt for ENERGY STAR bulbs, you’ll not only enjoy better output — but 75% less energy as well. Another perk of those lights is they last six to 10 times longer than your average incandescent bulbs.
6. Power down.
Electronics and appliances account for 15% of a home’s electrical use. Surprisingly enough, these devices are drawing in energy, even when switched off. Unplug any chargers or power adapters when they’re not in use. Another option is using a power strip as a central “power” off point.
7. Keep it circulating.
Close off areas of your home that don’t receive much traffic — think laundry rooms, closets and bathrooms. By simply closing the doors of your apartment, you’ll increase the circulation of warm air. Another thing to do is ensure all vents are open and clear of obstructions (especially those floor vents with sofas).
We hope you enjoyed these sneaky ways to save on your apartment energy bills this winter. What tips and tricks have you accumulated over the years? We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments below!
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