With winter starting to set in, the charm of the season often brings with it a rise in energy expenses, which is especially challenging when living in older, less energy-efficient buildings.
That's why we've curated a set of practical tips tailored to help tenants stay warm and cozy without breaking the bank. Let's dive into six ways that will not only keep you comfortable but also help you save on energy costs.
Seal and insulate windows
When it comes to rental units, it's important to consider that not all properties are equally equipped for energy efficiency. Older rental units, in particular, may have features like single-pane windows, inadequate insulation, or aging heating systems, which can contribute to drafts and higher energy bills during the winter months.
Consider using removable weather stripping or insulating window film. This creates an additional layer of insulation, reducing heat loss. These solutions can be applied without causing damage to the existing structure and can be removed easily when you move out.
Adjust thermostat settings
In apartment buildings where units have individual control over their heating, it's important to be strategic with thermostat settings.
Set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you're not at home or when you're sleeping. The recommended temperatures to set your apartment to is no more than 20 degrees during the day and 17 degrees at night. A programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature for you.
Utilize space heaters wisely
In cases where you do not have direct control over your heating, you typically don't incur heating expenses. However, when temperatures drop, it can get chilly indoors without the ability to turn up the heat. A space heater can be a valuable solution in these situations.
To maximize energy efficiency, use them strategically by focusing on heating the rooms you're currently using, and remember to turn them off when you leave. Of course, always adhere to safety guidelines when using a space heater to prevent any potential fire hazards.
Dress in layers
Instead of cranking up the heat, layer your comfy clothing to help you stay warm without increasing the thermostat setting to save on energy.
There’s no time like the present to cozy up in your favorite sweaters, wrap yourself in the warmth of blankets, and don those adorable fuzzy socks! Not only will you save on energy, but you'll also be the epitome of snug and stylish.
Report maintenance issues
As a tenant, there may be times when you hesitate to reach out about maintenance concerns. However, it's crucial to promptly report any issues related to insulation, windows, or heating systems in your rental unit to your landlord or property manager. This ensures that necessary repairs or improvements can be addressed, creating a more comfortable and energy-efficient living environment for you.
Communicate with your landlord
If you're interested in making energy-saving improvements to your rental unit, discuss it with your landlord. They may be open to making upgrades that not only enhance the energy efficiency of the property but also add value and comfort for both parties involved.
Remember, before making any major changes to your rental unit, it’s always a good idea to check your lease agreement and speak with your landlord or property owner.
Here's to a warm and energy-efficient winter season!