Sustainable lifestyles are in vogue, with many tenants saying, “show me the green.” Especially with high rents in our area, Bay Property Group has seen increased tenant awareness of the potential for energy cost savings and doing their part in treading lightly on the environment.
As a real estate brokerage, we can help you achieve homeownership. Until then, although it’s exhilarating to daydream of owning a home with solar panels, rainwater toilets, geothermal heating, and a green roof, renters can’t change the infrastructure of the building.
It comes down to living smarter and using less to save the money that can go into your off-the-grid dream house fund.
With an ever-growing number of toys that tenants must have, powering electronics is a growing part of a resident’s energy bill.
Computers, televisions, gaming systems, phones, and other portable devices are hungry for electricity, but when you consider the charges needed to power devices, it adds up even more.
We recommend plugging all your equipment into a power strip which, when switched off, will eliminate any standby draw from these devices. Another benefit? Your equipment will be protected against power surges.
Computers can be kept in “sleep” mode when not in use, if not shut off completely — there is a widespread myth that turning a computer on and off is harmful. In fact, turning it off can actually extend its life. If your computer is always on, it can rack up your energy bill by up to 20 percent.
Monitors are another guzzler for electricity. Contrary to popular belief, screen savers are meant to save the monitor pixels from burn out, not to save energy.
New bulbs light the future
Lighting has come a long way since Thomas Edison patented the first light bulb in 1880. If you are using the same energy-wasting incandescent bulbs in your lamps and light fixtures, it’s time to use new technology that can reduce lighting energy by 50 to 75 percent.
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are the most common energy efficient bulbs on the market, using a fraction of the electricity compared to old-school bulbs.
Also, consider taking advantage of natural light during daylight hours and for those of you who like to tinker with things, you can also save money by installing timers to reduce the amount of time your lights are on. Besides saving energy, timers — also known as light switch timers or timer switches — will bring more convenience into your life.
Other simple and affordable energy conservation tips:
- Set refrigerator temperature to 36 to 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Set freezer to 0 to 5 degrees F.
- Turn off the water while shaving and brushing teeth.
- Do not preheat your oven except for baking.
- Cover pots/pans when cooking.
- On hot days in the Bay Area, use a fan for air circulation instead of air conditioning.
- When it gets cold, turn down the thermostat 10 degrees at night and keep curtains open on the sunny side of your apartment during the day.
We hope you found this post informative, and it’s part of our ongoing commitment to make our resident’s living as comfortable and economical as possible. If you are not a current resident and looking for a place to call home, contact our office to go apartment shopping — we would love to welcome you to their new surroundings. You’ll enjoy our hands-on, personalized and service-oriented approach.