Apartment Living BlogApartment Living › What are some tips for saving money and energy when it comes to lighting?

Apartment energy savings can be huge when it comes to lighting. According to ENERGY STAR, if every home in the United States replaced an incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR rated compact florescent bulb, enough energy would be conserved to light three million homes.

Not only can you do your part to reduce the drain on resources, you can save yourself money as well. Here are some ideas for managing the light use in your apartment:

  • Change the regular light bulbs to compact florescent bulbs. They have a higher initial cost but last longer and use less energy. Remember to dispose of them properly when they burn out; they contain mercury.
  • Use dimmers on regular lights when possible.
  • During the day, open window shades, blinds and curtains to let in natural light rather than turning on lights in the apartment.
  • Light some candles (but never leave them unattended).
  • Turn off lights when not in use or before you leave the apartment.

Just including these simple steps in your day-to-day life can make a big difference when it comes to the bottom line on your electric bill. You can also feel good about the fact that you are living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

  • Monthly Rental Calculator

    How much should I spend on rent? Don't worry, we've got you covered! This rental calculator will help you determine how much rent you can afford based on your annual income.


    Never miss a tip, deal or contest.


About :

ForRent.com's own Director of Search Strategies -- search marketing, user experience, analytics -- improving the experience and accessibility for all. @TheBeardOfSEO on Twitter | berto on Google+



  1. Good advice on lighting. We own and operate several historic properties in our Corporate Housing Business (http://ascensioncorporaterentals.com/). Many historic properties have single pane windows and these can be very energy inefficient. I have had very good success improving the comfort and efficiency of these old windows by applying weather-stripping and cellular shades inside and keeping the windows glazed/caulked.
    The beauty of old windows and the natural light they can allow is worth the labor.
    See photos at:

Speak Your Mind


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This