Top 5 Ways to Control Your Energy Usage

May 14th 2015
Energy saving tips from your friends at Essex.

For many residents, “going green” is a lifestyle choice that is made for the benefit of our planet’s well-being. One thing that is not always factored in though is the many benefits you can gain from choosing this particular way of life.

Positive Impact

Going green not only has a positive impact on our planet, but this lifestyle also works to reduce some of your energy costs, helps you find creative ways to reuse products, and in most cases it leads to a healthier and more balanced way of living.

Better yet, going green is more than just a great way to reduce costs, it’s a lifestyle choice that works to improve our planet’s health.

At Essex, we're concerned about the environment too. And we're focused on green living, just as you are. We also believe it's possible to conserve energy without sacrificing a comfortable lifestyle.

So we’ve come up with these 5 tips for cutting down your energy usage, all while remaining as comfy as possible in your Essex apartment home:

1. Thermostat Smarts. By managing your thermostat with precision, you can cut down significantly on your energy usage. During the winter, you can reduce your energy consumption by 1-3% for every degree that you bump the thermostat down.

Going to be away from home for more than 5 hours? Turn your thermostat down to 58 degrees to save energy. (If you'll be gone less than 5 hours, don't lower the thermostat. You'll use more energy to reheat your home than you'll save in that short time span.)

2. Water Wisdom. Did you know that water heaters are the third-most-voracious consumers of energy in the typical home? It's true. So anything you can do to reduce your consumption of hot water will take a nice bite out of your energy consumption. Here are a few recommendations for doing that:

    • Replace baths with showers. Bathing requires more hot water than showering.
    • Evaluate your use of hot water and look for ways to conserve. Do you needlessly leave the hot water running when shaving or washing, for example?
    • Don't tolerate drips. Just one dripping hot faucet can waste more than 200 gallons of hot water monthly. So if you have even a slow drip, give your apartment community management office a call and we'll get it fixed for you.

     3. Washer/Dryer. If you have a clothes washer and dryer in your apartment home, there are several ways to make those units work more efficiently. Most of the time, for example, you can use cold water for both rinsing and washing your clothes (use a cold water detergent). Don't wash partial loads. Instead, wait until you have a full load; doing so will save energy. Did you know that using too much detergent can waste energy? It's true, so be careful to use the just-right amount of detergent.

    There are also several things you can do to make your dryer more efficient. Start by keeping the lint trap clean. That will help your clothes to dry faster and use less energy. Drying multiple loads consecutively, while the dryer is still warm, will also use less energy. And using the auto-dry cycle setting will help to ensure the dryer doesn't run longer than necessary.

    4. Unplug. Many consumers don't realize that most devices consume energy in small quantities when left plugged in, even when they aren't turned on. So unplug items like cell phone chargers and cordless tool chargers when they're not in use. Consider using power strips to easily unplug devices such as TVs and stereos when they're not in use.

    5. Lights Out. Most of us leave lights on from time to time. It's so easy to do! But it's also not difficult to get into the habit of turning off the switch every time you leave a room. (Take the flick-the-switch habit to work with you, too. Because it turns out that, on average, commercial buildings consume more energy for lighting than they do for any other purpose.) 

    Green Living Is a Little Easier in Your Essex Apartment Home

     

    Image source: Mission Peaks, Fremont, California

    Many of the tips you'll read about green living involve managing heating and cooling systems. Making sure that your heating system is a modern and efficient unit, or keep your cooling system well tuned and frequently inspected for maximum efficiency.

    At Essex, you don't have to worry about any of that. We take care of all those things for you. It's one of the many advantages of apartment living.

    But there are still plenty of things you can do in your everyday life to conserve energy and live greener. And now you know 5 great ways you can go greener.

    Have a green living tip? Share it with us.