Energy Bills Going Through the Roof? Here are 5 Tips to Bring them Down
A recent analysis by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows that approximately 61 percent of the energy consumed in United States is wasted. The finding is a wakeup call, no matter whether you are a concerned renter looking to keep a check on your apartment’s energy bills, or want to do your bit towards preserving the environment by cutting down your home’s energy usage. To help you achieve the objectives, we’ve compiled a list of five steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of the Bellagio apartment, San Angelo, TX or any other property you’re renting, and that too without breaking the bank. Take a look.
1. Use Smart Power Strips
One of the most elementary and economical ways to minimize your energy usage is using power strips to power various electrical devices. Power strips come with a master switch that you can turn off to switch off devices when not in use. Technologically advanced versions include smart switches equipped with sensors that turn off the strip when any electrical equipment slips into standby mode. Some others include smart sensors that detect motion and turn off several outlets after a preset period, if they don’t detect any motion.
2. Use CFLs and Star-Rated Products
According to Energy Star, replacing conventional incandescent bulbs with CFLs, halogen incandescents and LEDs can help save up to 75 percent in terms of energy costs and they also last 3-25 times. In addition, opting for Energy Star rated equipment also reduces power consumption substantially. Though the cost for such products is higher than conventional alternatives, with proper usage, you stand to realize long-term savings.
3. Use the Right Furnishing
Your choice of furnishing can have a significant impact on your energy bills. Use floor rugs as they trap heat, and therefore, help reduce the heating cost of the apartment during winter. Additionally, installing heavy curtains and adjustable blinds address the problems of heat transfer through window panes, during summer and winter. It is advisable to go for cotton furnishing as it has better resistance to energy loss than other synthetic options available on the market.
4. Insulate Windows and Doors
Insulate the doors and windows using a plastic cover or draft stoppers to make the full use of natural lighting. Many providers offer plastic film insulation kits at affordable rates that you can use to insulate multiple windows. Additionally, check the window frames and sashes and apply a caulk around them (if missing) to address the problem of air leakage.
5. Use a Humidifier
Increasing the humidity levels of your apartment during winter prevents the heating system from going into overdrive mode, keeping a check on heating costs. If your HVAC system doesn’t have a humidifier, make sure you get a portable model. The market has several affordable variants to offer, so finding an option that suits your needs shouldn’t be a problem.
In addition to the steps mentioned in the blog, it is advisable to keep the thermostat on energy efficiency mode to minimize energy consumption. You can also use smartphone apps that allow you to control the electrical fitments in your apartment. Last but not the least, make sure the rental service provider you choose has an in-house maintenance team to address common maintenance issues. A trusted name such as Kington Properties. To schedule a visit to our Bellagio apartments, TX or any other property, simply call (325) 944-1234 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you, shortly.