Heating your apartment in the Winter is one of the most expensive parts of a utility bill for renters. But making a few adjustments can significantly reduce energy consumption while maintaining comfortable temperatures in your space. Here are some energy saving moves you can make this January:
Bundle Up in Blankets
Stay warm and keep your heating bill low by simply turning down your heater and keeping blankets handy on your couch and bed. An area rug is a good idea to insulate your apartment floor.
Heat Your Place with the Sun
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.
Control Thermostat Temperatures
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.
Keep Your Heating System Clean and Clear
Make sure your registers aren’t obstructed so heat can flow freely. Keep the furnace and vents in your apartment building properly maintained to reduce energy consumption and to help you save. The furnace filter should be checked monthly and replaced when dirty.
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 to make you more comfortable.
Use Energy-Efficient Lighting
LED lights use significantly less energy than standard light bulbs. LEDs are more expensive but are worth the investment because they can last over a decade if used normally.
Circulate Warm Air with Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans in your apartment will give you better ventilation and airflow, which leads to greater energy efficiency. Rotating fans clockwise on the low setting in Winter will push hot air down and help keep heat inside your rooms.
Discuss Energy-Efficiency Upgrades with Your Landlord
Have a chat with your landlord about energy-efficient upgrades to the building that can save them money or 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.