Heating and air conditioning are the two biggest expenses that apartment dwellers have to deal with. While the simple solution might be to just turn the thermostat until you’re comfortable, there are more energy efficient methods to keep your home cozy no matter what the temperature outside is. For those interested in green living, these tips can also save energy and ensure you’re using the fewest possible resources.
#5: Don’t Be Afraid to Wear A Snuggy
Moving your thermostat as little as 2 degrees can make a big difference both in the amount of resources you’re using, and in the final cost on your monthly bill. If you want to save money and not use more energy then taking the old-time parental advice of putting on a sweater when you’re cold is one of the easiest things you can do. The lower you set the thermostat in the winter, and the higher you set it in the summer, the less energy you use.
#4: Cover Your Windows
While the view in your apartment might be one of the main reasons you rent, that view can also suck out the heat or let in the cold. Closing the blinds and curtains might keep the interior a little darker than you’d like, but it can keep the temperature inside cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without the need for additional correction.
#3: Make Your Own Green Space Heater
If it’s cold outside you don’t need to crank up the thermostat; just get two clay flower pots, a small cake pan, a strip of aluminum foil, and some tea light candles. Set the cake pan on a solid surface (with a towel under it just to be safe if you’re worried about the heat, and put two to four tea lights in it. Atop the pan put a small clay flower pot and cover the drainage hole with a piece of aluminum foil. Over the small flower pot put a bigger flower pot that rests on the cake pan while covering most of it. The heat will multiply because it’s being kept in a small area, rising up through the flower pot even as cool air comes in from below; the result is a simple space heater that costs pennies to use and which works for four hours or more.
#2: Change Out Your Air
When the summer months start heating up it’s imperative to make sure your apartment doesn’t get too stuffy. Therefore you need to swap your air out when the air outside is cooler than the air inside. Late nights and early mornings are prime times for getting cooler air in your place, but once the sun’s started to rise it’s a good idea to close your windows and draw the curtains to keep that air cool.
#1: Go Underground If You Can
While basement apartments might not be the ideal for lots of people, they are one of the most stable places when it comes to temperature. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, basements may eliminate the need for artificial heating or air conditioning entirely, beyond a warm sweater or a fan depending on the time of year.
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