Apartment Life: How To Save Some Money On Your Energy Bills
As an apartment dweller, you don't have control over the kind of energy that's used to manage life overall. For example, you don't have access to surface space to place personal solar panels that will power your home like you could as a homeowner. You're hooked up "to the grid" and you're faced with whatever rates your power company has set. But you aren't out of luck when it comes to saving some money on your energy bills and taking control over how much energy you actually use. Here are a few techniques you can easily implement:
Replace the Washer
One of the best ways to save money on both energy and water is to replace your apartment's regular washer with a high efficiency option if possible from a company like Hudson Appliance Center. The average traditional washer uses up to 45 gallons of water per load, which takes a toll on both water and energy sources. On the other hand, high efficiency washers tend to use anywhere from 14 to 25 gallons a load which save water and decreases the workload on your water heater. If your apartment includes a washing machine, ask the management team to take it out – you may even receive a small credit for utilizing your own appliance.
Apply Window Film
Whether or not your apartment's windows are Energy Star certified, they can greatly benefits with the application of insulation window film. This type of energy efficient film helps maintain comfortable temperatures indoors so your air conditioner and heater doesn't have to work as hard. It also prevents up to 99 percent of UV rays from entering the windows, which protects the floors and your furniture from sun damage. Insulation film is easy to apply to windows, and it isn't permanent so you can quickly and easily take it off without causing damage if you decide to move out of your apartment in the future.
Implement Real Plants
Believe it or not, many houseplants are effective at filtering the air of dust, debris, and even chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene. When the air is clean your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard to filter it before cooling or warming it and spitting it back out into your environment. Cleaner air means less worries about allergies, asthma, and headaches that are frequently associated with breathing in dirty air. Some awesome options to consider include English Ivy, Boston Fern, and Dracaena. All that's necessary to keep your indoor plants alive is to put them near windows so they get some sunlight, and water them once or twice a week to keep their soil moist.
These tips and tricks will not only help save valuable resources and money on energy, but you may even find that they help to improve your quality of life overall.