Here are some energy-conscious habits that help reduce costs for heating, cooling and appliance use. Be sure to get your landlord's or property owner's permission before you make any alterations to your apartment or condo. Remember, even if you plan on moving, you can always takes these electricity upgrades with you.
- Keep appliances in good working order. They will last longer and operate more efficiently. Talk to your superintendent.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances.
- Phantom power or standby power is electricity consumed by electronic devices even when turned off (DVD players, TVs, phone chargers, coffeemakers with clocks/timers, etc.) Use a power bar with an integrated timer to shut off all your devices at the end of the day.
- Preheat your oven only for a minimum amount of time. It is only really necessary for baking.
- Use the range top instead of the oven if possible. The range uses far less energy.
- When cooking or baking, do not open the oven door any more than necessary. The oven loses about 20% of its heat every time you open the door.
- Use a microwave or toaster oven to warm leftovers, especially during the summer.
- If you're renting, check the refrigerator. An older model can use up to twice the power of a newer, energy-efficient model. If you pay the power bill, speak to your landlord to see if a newer, more energy-efficient model could be installed.
- Install aerators on your faucets and low-flow showerheads. When you move you can take these with you and put the original models back in place.