The Denver area has a little of everything when it comes to weather. Our residents feel the heat of summer, chill of winter and everything in between. Extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can put a strain on your utility bills. Try these tips to keep your expenses low and your apartment energy-efficient year-round.
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjust your thermostat seasonally for higher temperatures in summer and colder ones in winter. Use energy-free ways to maintain your comfort. When you turn the temps down in winter, warm up the hardwood-style floors in our Springs at 2534 and Springs at Sandstone Ranch communities with plush rugs. Add an extra layer to your clothing, and cozy up with soft flannel sheets at night. In summer, you can keep cool with well-placed fans and lighter clothing and textiles.
2. Consider Thermal Window Treatments
Though you can’t majorly retrofit a rental unit, there are a few things you can do to make it more energy efficient. If you have south-facing windows, consider hanging thermal draperies. Keep the drapes closed when you want things cooler and open them up for the natural warmth of the sun when it’s chilly inside.
3. Use Smart Power Strips
Many electronics, like televisions, game systems and computers, drain energy consistently, whether they’re on or not. You can stop this vampire energy drain by plugging these into a smart power strip. If you have trouble remembering to turn the strip off, just choose one that will do it for you. There are power strips that turn on and off with a timer, when they sense inactivity in the room, and when they sense that the associated appliances are turned off.
4. Change Your Light Bulbs
You’ve probably made the change from fluorescent lights to CLFs by now, but modern technology can now do even better. LED lights are the most efficient pick available. Where possible, upgrade to LED lighting for a clean and low-energy installation. Though these are more costly upfront, the energy savings long-term are well worth the investment.
5. Use Efficient Cooking Methods
When you’re cooking, minimize your energy use by opting for the most efficient method possible. Microwaves and slow cookers use less energy than your stove. If you’re cooking on our energy-efficient stovetops, make sure you’re using the right size burner. You shouldn’t be able to see the burner sticking out around the edge of the pot. Keep a lid on your cooking so heat doesn’t escape.
How are you minimizing your energy expenses in your Springs apartment? Share your tips and tricks with other residents in the comments section below.