Making apartment improvements to save money and go green can be difficult. You may not have as much freedom with making apartment improvments, so many of these alterations may seem small. In this case, it’s important to remember a little bit definitely goes a long way. Look for these key apartment features before you sign a lease. Or, make these little alterations to your apartment to save yourself some money while saving the planet!
Unless you’re one of the lucky few living in an area free of ‘extreme’ weather conditions, then you’re probably well-acquainted with temperature control costs. There’s nothing quite like freezing or broiling in your own home just to save a little money. Investing in a programmable thermostat will allow you to regulate the temperature automatically, so it will maintain a comfortable temperature without overworking your heater or cooling systems. It will not only save you a few dollars, but also use less energy to keep you just as comfortable. This is an essential element of a green apartment. Check Energy.gov for the latest recommendations on how to program your themostat to save energy, while staying comfortable.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Replace all of the regular light bulbs in your home with energy efficient fluorescent or LED bulbs. These energy efficient light bulbs can provide a softer, white light and use up less energy on the whole. Energy efficient bulbs are pricier than traditinal incandescent bulbs. They may be more expensive, but they last much longer than regular light bulbs and will make looking at your electric bill a less scary experience.
Water Efficient Fixtures
Fresh water is one of the world’s most precious resources, yet we use excessive amounts of it on a daily basis. Of course, water bill expenses are also no joke. However, there are many water efficient appliances and fixtures you can install in your home to save water. Consider adjusting the water level in the toilet tank to reduce the amount used when flushing, for example. Also opt for water efficient shower features. As wonderful as those gigantic showerheads may seem, they also cost a pretty penny and use up an excessive amount of water.
Energy Star Appliances
Many appliances that can be found in any home are quite powerful and drain more energy than you might think. Installing Energy Star appliances – appliances that have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy for efficiency – can save you a ton of money. Some Energy Star certified appliances offered include refrigerators and dishwashers.
Quality Windows and Insulation
Did you know that a lot of your heating and air conditioning leaks out your windows? This means you use up more energy attempting to maintain a comfortable environment inside your apartment. Getting energy efficient windows and quality insulation will help keep the natural temperature out and your controlled heat or cooling in. This also helps to reduce uncomfortable drafting that can result from cheap or old windows and poorly installed insulation.
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