When it comes to energy and water bills, there are several steps you can take to save money and reduce your environmental impact.
Here are 10 tips for saving on energy and water bills!
1) Use energy-efficient lighting.
Switch to LED bulbs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) to reduce your energy consumption. They use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. There are tons of options and many are really cost effective. Here is a quick link to LED bulbs on Amazon.
2) Make sure you have a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature in your home based on your schedule. By doing so, you can save on heating and cooling costs. If you don’t currently have the ability to set temperatures in your home at various times of the day, then you should really consider a programmable thermostat. If you are renting with us, please reach out to our property managers to ask if a programmable thermostat could be installed in your home.
3) Use ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans can help circulate air and make your home feel cooler in the summer. They are also more energy-efficient than air conditioning units.
4) Wash clothes in cold water when possible.
Washing clothes in cold water can save up to 90% of the energy used for heating the water.
5) Educate your family.
Educate your family on water and energy conservation practices. Provide them with tips and resources on how to reduce their energy usage and encourage them to report any leaks or malfunctions. Leaving lights on in all the rooms in your home can really add up. :)
6) Use natural lighting.
Take advantage of natural lighting by opening curtains and blinds during the day. This not only reduces the need for artificial lighting but also enhances the aesthetics of your home.
7) Seal air leaks.
Air leaks in your home can waste a significant amount of energy. If you are renting with us, please submit a maintenance request if you find any air leaks.
8) Install low-flow showerheads and faucets.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets can reduce water usage by up to 60%. This is a cost-effective solution that conserves water.
9) Fix water leaks.
Water leaks can add up to hundreds of dollars in water bills. Regularly inspect and fix leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes to prevent unnecessary water usage. If you are renting with us, please submit a maintenance request if you find a water leak!
10) Use a dishwasher.
Dishwashers are more energy-efficient than washing dishes by hand. Use the energy-saving mode and only run the dishwasher when it is full.
Implementing any of these tips can reduce your water and energy bills and improve the efficiency of your home. By reducing your energy consumption, you can also reduce your carbon footprint, contributing to a more sustainable future!