If you live in an apartment you know your utility bill is one of your biggest expenses. In Winter a lot of that cost comes from heating your place. To reduce the bill you’ll need to reduce your energy use. Here are some tips to make your apartment more energy efficient this January:
Use the Sun for Heat
Open your curtains on your south-facing windows to help heat your apartment naturally. When the sun goes down, close your curtains and keep the heat inside.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans will give you better ventilation and airflow, which leads to greater energy efficiency. Rotating fans clockwise on a low setting in Winter will push hot air down and help keep heat inside and keep your room warmer.
Turn Down Your Thermostat at Night
You can save about 10 percent per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Throw a warm comforter on your bed to make sure you don’t get too cold while you sleep.
Clean and Unblock Vents and Registers
Keep the furnace and vents in your apartment building properly maintained to reduce energy consumption and help you save money. The furnace filter should be checked monthly and replaced when dirty. Make sure your registers aren’t obstructed so heat can flow freely.
Use a Humidifier to Increase Air Moisture
The air inside your apartment can get dry in Winter. A humidifier will moisten the air, which holds heat better. Even when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature, a humidifier will help keep you comfortable.
Install Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
LED lights use significantly less energy than a standard light bulb. LED bulbs are more expensive, but are worth the investment because they can last over a decade if used normally.
Throw on a Blanket
The simplest way to stay warm and keep your heating bill low is to turn down your heater and keep blankets handy on your couch and bed. An area rug is a good idea to insulate your apartment floor.
Talk to Your Landlord About Energy-Efficiency
Have a chat with your landlord about energy-efficient upgrades to the building that might be eligible for tax breaks or rebates. Wrapping pipes, installing insulation, lowering water heater settings and sealing air leaks in the building are some potential fixes.