Lower your utility bill – Part 1
Simple conservation measures can lower your utility bills, while increasing the comfort of your apartment. Follow a few simple steps and use the saved money to pamper yourself. Although your landlord is largely responsible for your building’s conditioning and heating system efficiency (and possibly the choice of major appliances) you make dozens of energy decisions every day. Try the following or request these measures from your property manager. Before you implement any measures yourself that involve physical alterations of your rental, such as caulking and weather-stripping, make sure to get your landlord’s permission.
- Turn off the lights in any room you’re not using or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
- Use task lighting: instead of brightly lighting the entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops under cabinets.
- Three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
- Use 4-watt mini-fluorescent or electro-luminescent night lights. Both lights are much more efficient than their incandescent counterparts.
- Use compact fluorescent lights in all the portable table and floor lamps in your home – chose carefully the size and fit of these systems as some home fixtures may not accommodate some of the larger CFLs.
- For spot lighting consider CFLs with reflectors. The lamps range in wattage from 13-watt to 32-watt and provide a very direct light using a reflector and lens system.
- Take advantage of daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave curtains on your windows to allow daylight enter the room while preserving privacy.
- Replace your touchiere fixtures with compact fluorescent torchieres; these use 60% to 80% less energy and produce more light than the halogen ones.
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