You know you’re from Tampa or anywhere within Florida if you’re used to high-energy bills. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, approximately 27 percent of energy use in Florida comes from air conditioners. Floridians also tend to consume 4,000 more kilowatt-hours than the national average. With these statistics in mind, here are a few ways to lower your electricity costs, but still keep your apartment cool.
Keep Vents Clear
For apartments with central air, ensure that no furniture obstructs your vents. If you find that your apartment is not cool, try to use a duster to remove dust from areas around your vents. You can also get your ducts cleaned and remove any potential clogs that might cause you to turn down your air conditioning to low temperatures in order to function.
Avoid Cooking & Running Washer/Dryer Midday
You might already know that cooking via stovetop or oven can heat up your apartment. According to energy.gov, desktop computers, dishwashers, and washers or dryers are other culprits for why your apartment might be uncomfortably warm. On hazy, hot, and humid days, consider waiting until the hottest point of the day has passed before using any large appliances.
To help lower your energy bill, only use dishwashers or do your laundry when you can fill the entire dishwasher or washer/dryer. When you are not using a computer or any entertainment devices, consider unplugging them, as they use “phantom power” even when shut off.
Turn Your Lights Off When You’re Not Home
It’s surprising how much money could you actually save by turning your lights off. According to The Simple Dollar, the average CFL light bulb uses 20 watts, while an incandescent light bulb uses 60 watts. Doing a simple walk around your apartment before leaving for two days can save you approximately $35.88. Take two minutes to walk around your apartment before you head out to ensure that all lights are shut off. Shutting off your lights reduces your energy use, and can also keep your home cooler during the day.
Think About The Fabrics You Use
In addition to the lighting in your home, think about your curtains and bed linens. Consider ones made of a lighter fabric, like net or linen. In addition to the fabric, look for one in a light color; this will allow just the right amount of sunlight in to brighten your room. If you have blinds in your apartment, close them during the hottest part of the day to help keep direct sunlight from warming your apartment up.
Having the right sheets can make a difference in being comfortable while sleeping. Look for 100 percent cotton sheets or consider trying bamboo sheets. Bamboo sheets in particular are anti-fungal and antimicrobial, yet are still machine washable. Avoid sheets with cotton-poly blends, as they could make you perspire more.
Thinking about making your apartment eco-friendly in whole? Check out our blog post on sustainable apartment living.