As warmer weather approaches, it's time to start evaluating the energy usage in your apartment. While theSprings at South Broadwayhas efficient air conditioning and construction, you can do your part to reduce your electric bill even further. Here are four tips for reducing your bill that don't require a lot of time or hassle.
You likely already know that you can cut your lighting costs by using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). However, the special disposal process you have to go through once those burn out or break make them less appealing. A better solution is to invest in LED bulbs. These super-low-energy users last for years and offer bright light at low wattage. For example, a 100-watt equivalent LED—which gives off light equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent—can use between15 and 19 watts. In comparison,CFLsuse23 to 26 watts.
2. Unplug Vampire Appliances
Many appliances stilldraw energyeven when you're not using them. Some draw it for an obvious purpose—like the clock on your microwave—while others draw it for no discernible purpose (e.g., your inkjet printer). If you can't determine why an appliance or gadget would need energy when you weren't using it, be on the safe side and unplug it. Otherwise, it will just add to your electric bill for no good reason.
3. Dress for the Weather
Air conditioning can make even the hottest day feel nice and cool, which can fool you into wearing warmer clothes. Instead, dress for the weather even if you're staying inside. Wear shorts and T-shirts and turn the thermostat to a higher temperature so the air conditioner uses less energy. The apartment will be a little warmer, but you won't notice as much if you’re dressed for the outdoor weather.
4. Use Your Blinds
Remember to close the blinds when sunlight is coming directly inside. In summer especially, this light heats up tables and other surfaces in your apartment. By closing the blinds, you can prevent light from significantly heating your apartment and subsequently avoid cranking the AC.
Do you have any other tips on conserving energy? Let us know in the comments below!