Energy costs are extremely high nowadays. Not only that, but climate change means that we all need to be more energy conscious. If every person did their little bit to contribute towards greater energy efficiency, the world would be a cleaner place. This is why eco friendly apartments are the way forward!
If you want to be part of the solution, here are some ways that you can reduce your energy consumption in your apartment. Not only will you be contributing to a better environment, but you will also save money.
All it takes is a little forethought and a tiny bit of effort.
Preventing draughts in your apartment is one of the best ways to reduce your heating costs during the winter months. While you might not have permission, nor the inclination, to spend money on insulating your doors and windows, you can take some simple reversible steps that won’t cost a fortune.
You could, for example, use thick curtains to insulate the windows. Inexpensive and removable draught excluders and sticky foam strips, available from most hardware stores, can also be applied wherever there are gaps.
During the summer months, try opening your windows to get a breeze going rather than running fans and air conditioners all day long. You could also try getting a cheap misting spray bottle filled with water that you can use to spray yourself to cool off.
Use LED Bulbs
Replacing your regular incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs will save you a lot on energy costs right off the bat. Incandescent bulbs last far shorter than LED bulbs and consume far more energy during usage as well. LEDs can last years without needing to change them, and they consume about 75% less energy.
LED bulbs might cost slightly more upfront to make the change, but the long-term and month-to-month benefits are well worth it.
Unplug Unused Devices
Phantom power can add up more than you realise. Various devices, such as your computer, TV, sound system, Playstation and even some kitchen appliances, consistently consume energy even while off. This is because they are often never truly off and are rather in a kind of standby mode.
A home can have anywhere between 10 and 40 devices drawing phantom power at all times, consuming up to 30W sometimes. If you can see a little LED light on a device after it has been powered down, then it is still drawing power.