Did you know that most renters have to pay for electricity? However, renters usually can’t make drastic changes to their living space, and thus are limited in what can be done to make their apartment more energy efficient. Here are some easy ideas for improvements that can help you save money, and use less energy in your rental:
Keep the thermostat at the highest comfortable level in the summer, and the lowest comfortable level in the winter. You can also save on your bills by turning your thermostat down by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day; for instance, turn down the thermostat while you sleep.
LED light bulbs are one of the simplest pieces of energy-efficient home technology, and also one of the most effective. They use less energy than fluorescent lights and way less than incandescent bulbs. Talk to your landlord about swapping out your apartment’s current bulbs for LEDs. This is a cheap and easy tip that will save you money on your energy bills and bulb replacements, as they also tend to last longer than any other option.
Having an in-unit washer and dryer may be a luxury not many renters can enjoy, but if you do, beware it doesn’t become a liability in terms of energy efficiency. Washing your clothes on the warm or hot cycle uses a ton of energy since you’re utilizing gallons of water plus the heating power needed to warm those gallons of water up. In fact, according to the Smithsonian, around 75% of the energy required to do a load of laundry goes into heating the water. Cold water washes your clothes just as well as warm, saving your apartment a ton of energy.
Our luxury apartments for rent in Irvine offer the latest in smart-home technology to help you lead an energy-efficient lifestyle. Lighten your energy bill with our included eco-friendly Whirlpool full-size front-loading washer & gas dryer. Skyloft apartments also come equipped with NEST Thermostats, which connect to your home’s internet network through WiFi and can be controlled by an app on your phone… Sounds nice? Check out our apartments to find your new home.