A recent survey on rent.com indicated that 10 percent of renters said that utilities are their biggest monthly expense. Heating and cooling your apartment are among the most expensive components of your utility bill, especially if you live in a region with extreme temperature changes. Luckily, making some adjustments in your home can help reduce your consumption on energy. Here are helpful tips to reduce energy consumption in your home during winter or summer season:
To keep your home warm you can take advantage of the natural heat from the sun when it’s out. The sun can help control the temperature in your home throughout the entire year. During cooler days, open your curtains and let the sun naturally heat the room. Once your room has warmed up close your window coverings to keep the heat inside. Instead of turning the heat up any time you get a chill, bundle up with a warm cozy sweater and warm socks. Adding blankets to your couch and a rug to insulate the floor can also help keep you warm. Using ceiling fans in your home can give you better ventilation and airflow which will be more energy efficient in both the summer and winter months. By turning your fan on in a clockwise rotation it will trap heat inside to keep your room warmer during winter months. By switching the rotation to counter-clockwise during summer it will push the hot air toward the ceiling and keep the room cooler.
Adjusting the thermostat at night or when you aren’t home can also help you save on your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save about 10 percent a year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Close and seal off any vents in rooms that are not being used, such as storage rooms or guest bedrooms, to be more energy efficient. This will also direct the flow of air to the rooms that are used more often. You could save up to $200 a year simply by turning your thermostat down to 62 degrees and using a space heater in the room where you are spending most of your time.
Check your furnace periodically to confirm that your furnace is clean and free of any clogs. Cleaning your furnace and vents regularly will reduce energy consumption as it won’t have to run as hard or as often. Also check your furnace filter monthly and replace it when it gets dirty. Getting a humidifier can help add moisture to the air in your home, preventing the air from becoming very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better so a humidifier can make you feel more comfortable, especially if you are running your thermostat on a lower temperature. House plants can also increase the humidity in your apartment.
Using LED lights in your home can consume 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. In addition to saving energy, LED lights don’t emit as much heat which is an advantage during the hot summer months. Another simple way to save energy is by unplugging or turning your lights off when leaving the house or before going to bed. Exhaust fans will pull hot air to the ceiling of your apartment. By only using the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fan when necessary you will save yourself from consuming more energy. Using exhaust fans sparingly and shutting them off when done can benefit you by saving a little bit of money in the long haul.
Whether its summer or winter, it is helpful to educate yourself on ways to reduce energy consumption which will also help trim down your monthly expenses. Visit our blog for more tips and tricks for your apartment in Branson Missouri. If you haven’t found a place to call home yet, visit our prospective tenant page for more information.