There are some amazing devices you can install, machines you can use, and habits you can adopt that can create an amazingly eco-friendly home at your Renton apartment for you and your family.
Many of these options are available to apartment dwellers, and you may find it useful to examine your apartment for areas where you can reduce your energy usage and save money on utility bills.
Start With Lighting in Your Renton Apartment
Many areas of your home exist for energy-efficient improvements, but not all of those areas are available to the average apartment dweller. You may find it difficult to upgrade to solar energy because you don’t own the building in which your apartment is located. However, lighting is an area that you can usually look at for improvements whether you own your home or rent an apartment.
According to the government’s Energy Star website, lighting is an easy place to begin upgrading your apartment with energy-efficient devices.
“Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR qualified lights can save more than $65 a year in energy costs. ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide high-quality light output, use 75% less energy, and last 6–10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.”
One simple habit you can get into before you ever make any changes to the bulbs in your apartment is the act of shutting off any light in the rooms where you’re not working. According to further information from the government, you can actually save 15 dollars a year for each 60-watt light you turn off during the day that would otherwise burn for eight hours.
Always Report Leaky Faucets and Toilets
You probably can’t upgrade the faucets or switch out the toilet, but you can make sure they’re in good working order while you live in the house. Newer apartments usually have high-efficiency toilets and faucets that limit waste, but even new devices can start to leak or have problems.
An article from Save On Energy recommends:
“Report leaky faucets and toilets or appliances that don’t work immediately so your landlord can fix them.”
If you hear your toilet running all the time – which means it’s filling up with water constantly and wasting it even when you’re not flushing – it’s important to let your landlord know.
Often, all it takes is a simple repair of one of the gaskets in the toilet or an update to the chain or flushing mechanism. Similarly, sometimes all it takes is some quick attention with a wrench or other tool to fix a leaky faucet.
Here are some additional, simple tips to help you save energy in your apartment:
- Use power strips to prevent electronics from sitting “on” in standby mode.
- Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs in your lamps
- Turn off the air conditioner when you leave if you don’t have pets that need it
Find a New Home at Lexington Heights in Renton
There are many ways to enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest, but we think an apartment at Lexington Heights is one of the best. Get in touch with our leasing agents today for information on our availability and to arrange a time to visit.