I just read this fantastic article called ‘Tips for an Energy-Efficient Apartment’ located at Healthgoods.com and let me just say ‘wow!’ There are some really great tips for making your apartment more energy efficient that I had never even heard of or considered. Especially given the time of year and the fact that the cooler temperatures are forcing us to change our habits, I think we could all use a little brush up so we aren’t overusing what we don’t need to and be able to save a little money. While most of it is out of our control given that we are living in an apartment and landlords/management companies are responsible for the building condition, heating systems and major appliances, there is still quite a bit we can do on our own!
- Set your thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3-20 degrees Centigrade) during the day and 60 degrees F (15.6 degrees C) before going to bed. Most people won’t be at risk of hypothermia if temperatures are less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you’re uncertain consult your doctor.
- Be sure and keep your radiators clean. Dirt and dust can block the heat output.
- Arrange furniture so they are not blocking vents, radiators or baseboard heaters as this hinders the amount of heat distributed. If you find you are unable to move something, then look into getting an air deflector. This device attaches over the vent and allows you to direct where the air is going.
- The most well known thing I’ve heard regarding windows is caulking to decrease the heat loss. But did you know that for greater savings, you could invest in insulated curtains?! Never even heard of them!
- An obvious solution would be to remember that you can dress warmer to eliminate turning up the heat. If you’re feeling chilly, put on a sweater or socks. You’ll save big $$ in the end!
- And if anyone is from Virginia you can attest that our temperatures go all over the place. One day it’ll be freezing and raining, the next will be sunny and in the 70′s. If this is true where you live, consider turning on the ceiling fan or using the window next time it’s a nice day.
Stay tuned. We’ll be posting Part II soon! What tips should you look out for?? How to be more energy efficient with your lighting!
Category: Going Green