Quick Ways To Save Energy In Your Apartment
There are many benefits of saving energy, but the main ones include reducing your electricity bill and reducing your overall negative impact on the environment, which means that you are being more eco-friendly. There are lots of small and big changes you can make to save energy and we will now take a closer look at some of them.
Insulate Your Windows
When you insulate your windows, this ensures that the heat and cold air stays within your home and doesn't leak out. As a result, your air conditioner or heater doesn't need to work harder to maintain the desired temperature within your home. Also, you can make full use of the sunlight during cooler months since the insulation will help to trap any heat in your home. There are many ways to insulate your windows, and there are a variety of DIY plastic covers that you can make. Alternatively, you can make or buy draft stoppers which can be placed below the window to keep out the cold air.
Use More Cold Water
When you use more cold water (instead of hot), this reduces the usage of energy to create heat. You can do so by washing your clothes in cold water as opposed to heated water. You can also use the cold water in the shower on hot days, which will not only help you to keep cool but reduce energy usage.
Air Dry Your Clothes
In addition to washing clothes with cold water, you can air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. This is very easy to do, and you can get a drying rack and hang your clothes on it. In the event that the dryer is absolutely needed for your clothes, then you should always clean the dryer and remove as much lint as possible on a regular basis. This lint actually clogs up the machine and makes it less efficient at producing heat to dry clothes. Also, you should shake out clothes after you've taken them from the washer so that each garment is opened out when you place it in the dryer. This increases the surface area of each piece of clothing and it causes them to dry faster. You can even take out your clothes when they're still a little damp and place them on a line to air dry in order to save more energy.
Turn Off The Power Strip
It is important that you turn off any electronics when you're not using them. This will automatically save a great deal of energy. However, even though you turn off some appliances, as long as they are plugged in they will continue to use a small amount of energy. So, in order to ensure that when you turn off an appliance, that it is actually off, you should unplug them or turn off the power strip that it is connected to.
In closing, these are just a few quick ways that you can easily save energy in your apartment. Be sure to at least implement one or two of the suggestions above and see how it impacts your electricity bill.