BRR! Staying Warm Tips & Green Friendly Apartments

February is traditionally one of the coldest months of the year, which translates to increased utility expenses and energy consumption for renters across the nation. Winterizing your apartment to be more green-friendly will not only help the environment, but it will also save your wallet.

According to Multi-Housing News, 71 percent of residents are interested in learning more about best green principles and practices, so to help you and your readers, Apartment Guidethe trusted guide for finding your ideal place to live, is providing the below Winterizing Guide including tips for cutting costs and becoming more energy-efficient to save on renters’ budgets and the environment.

In addition, to help those who may be searching for a more eco-friendly apartment during ”frigid February,” Apartment Guide took a look at their listing data and put together a list of Top Metros for Green-Friendly Apartments.

Top Ten Metros for Green-Friendly Apartments*

1.       Seattle

2.       San Antonio

3.       Austin

4.       Phoenix

5.       Omaha

6.       Dallas

7.       Tucson

8.       Raleigh

9.       Denver

10.   San Francisco — We can do better than this!! Come on SF!!

Apartment Guide Tips – Winterizing Guide

When prepping your apartment for the freezing outdoor temperatures, being both cost and energy-efficient can make a big impact. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you live more sustainably and save money!

  • Lower it!

Don’t forget to turn down the heat on your thermostat when you leave your apartment! By doing so, you will save money and energy, and who wants to pay money for something you aren’t using? According to Energy.gov – you can save up to 15% by simply turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours (that’s almost 1% for each degree!). Investigate this:  Switching out an OLD thermostat is so easy – and to your advantage – yes you can do it!  You can program your heating range with the new models.

  • Check it!

Check the weather stripping around the doors and windows in your apartment. If it looks worn, contact your property manager or superintendent.  Also consider buying or making draft stoppers. If you have broken windows or drafty windows, talk to the landlord / maintenance team, sometimes they can do something, and they may not know about breaks or drafts. Speak up! 

  • Insulate it!

To minimize heat loss, try using insulated curtains and heavy area rugs to keep heat in your apartment. A quick fix:  Making draft busters from long socks to so under the doors can help. Not so pretty, but it works. Close the doors on rooms you don’t use. Heat the part of the home or apartment you live in!

  • Caulk it!

Often plumbing areas leave gaping holes between the pipes and the wall leaking heat and wasting energy. Caulk and seal these or use pipe insulation.

  • Clean it!

Every winter, you should have your furnaces cleaned in addition to regularly changing your filters (this is very easy!! Really!) maximize efficiency and even reduce the potential risk of fire!

  •  Defrost it!

Prevent frost from forming on your windows by running a dehumidifier at night. Air will become less moist, which will keep the frost from forming on your windows. For a cheaper cleaning alternative for your windows, try using rubbing alcohol. You can also check out these Apartment Guide tips for ways to help your heater run efficiently.

  •  Download it!

Download these apps on your phone to help you live a more “green” lifestyle! Whether you’re on the go or just relaxing in your home, these apps will serve as great resources:

o   iRecycle – provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle plus the latest in green news and ideas to match your lifestyle

o   Goodguide – makes it fast and easy to find safe, healthy and green products both in a store or on the go

o   FindGreen – helps you find local businesses and resources to live a sustainable lifestyle

*Methodology: Apartment Guide looked at their data for the top cities with the most properties noted with green communities. Properties listed on Apartment Guide as green communities provide offerings/certifications such as LEED certification, energy-efficient windows, lighting and plumbing and drought-resistant landscaping to reduce water waste. 

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