Living in an apartment doesn't mean you can't control your utility costs or save water.
Rockliffe Properties has some simple modifications you can make to your apartment that will help you save energy, water, and of course money!
In the kitchen, there are plenty of things renters can do to help save energy and water. An energy saving power bar is great for small appliances, you can eliminate phantom power by using the switch on the bar to cut power to all appliances at once. Other simple tricks include: Using a faucet aerator, cleaning your fridge coils so it will take less energy to function properly, and cooking with a slow-cooker more often.
Saving water is also important in the bathroom, and it's easy to make small changes that will have a big impact.
- Install a water-saving showerhead. You won't notice a difference in pressure and can find versions that offer different spray settings, including a water massage!
- Notify your landlord whenever you see a leaky faucet, so it can be fixed before it wastes water.
- Use less water when flushing by adding a small, concealed bottle filled with rocks to your toilet tank.
- A 10-minute shower will use almost half the amount of water needed for a bath.
- Always turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
There are a few simple changes you can make throughout your apartment as well. Changing out your light bulbs for LED bulbs is a big help because LEDs last longer and cost less to use. If you find a draft at your window, notify your property manager to have it sealed. When it's cold, add insulated drapes to keep the heat in during the winter and during the summer, those drapes will keep your apartment cool by blocking out the heat. When drafts are a problem, purchase a draft stopper or make one yourself.
All these simple changes can save you big on your utilities costs; but the biggest savings come from notifying your property manager whenever you notice any maintenance issues!