Now that spring is in full swing, have you changed your energy habits? As we transition between seasonal weather patterns you should make changes at home to conserve energy and money. Improving energy efficiency in your apartment not only lowers your energy bill, but it also reduces your environmental impact. Add even more green to your spring.
If you live in a climate where it’s cool at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air. Check with your community manager regarding what energy saving window coverings you can install to prevent heat gain through your windows.
Try setting your thermostat to 78* F or warmer during spring and summer. Increasing the temperature when possible reduces your cooling costs.
If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4*F with no reduction in comfort. When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity. It’s also beneficial to pop your window open while your dryer and dishwasher are running to extract humidity from your home as well.
Spring and summer allows the flexibility to cook outdoor and avoid adding more heat to your apartment. Take advantage of the outdoor grills many communities have to offer and enjoy some fresh air with a BBQ.
Warmer temperatures during the spring and summer offer a great opportunity to adjust your water heater. Ask your maintenance team to turn down your water heater a few degrees to save energy and money. For each 10*F reduction in water temperature, you can save 3% to 5% in energy costs. The reduction in temperature will be less noticeable during the warmer months since most people use water to cool down.