Many of the best Seattle apartments feature energy-efficient options like low-flow toilets and high-efficiency faucets, as well as green features like rooftop gardens and solar panels. However, there are probably some extra steps you can take in your Seattle apartment, even if you already live in an efficient apartment.
Invest in LED Light Bulbs for Your Seattle Apartment
According to a light bulb sales website, an LED bulb can last many times longer than a traditional, incandescent bulb, and they can also last years longer than a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL).
“LEDs are notable for being extremely long-lasting products. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last more than 11 years. Used 8 hours a day, it will last 17 years!”
Using LED bulbs not only reduces the number of times you have to purchase bulbs when they burn out, but it also offers savings on your electricity bill.
Tip: You can replace bulbs around your apartment temporarily – like those above the kitchen sink, and the lights above or around your bathroom vanity – while you live in the apartment. Then, you can remove those bulbs and replace them with the original bulbs that came with your apartment when you depart.
Although LED bulbs do cost more than incandescent and CLF bulbs, their costs have been going down over the past few years, which has increased their value as far as saving money on your electricity bills.
Another benefit of LED lights is that they don’t heat up as much as other lighting types. Less heat from your lighting sources can mean a more efficient apartment in the summer since you won’t have to deal with as much ambient heat building up when it’s warm.
Reduce Energy Consumption with Your Refrigerator
It’s usually a toss-up whether your new apartment will feature amenities like a refrigerator or whether you’ll need to buy your own. Many older communities require their residents to purchase refrigerators, and most new communities come with a refrigerator.
If you purchase your own refrigerator, you have complete control over the size and type you buy, which means you can select a brand new, highly-efficient model. However, if your apartment community provides refrigerators for its residents, you have less freedom in limiting your refrigerator’s energy use.
One task you should consider whether you have a brand new refrigerator or an older model is cleaning the coils. A website known as Mr. Appliance shares:
“Usually located either on the back of the refrigerator or underneath a grill on the front, the condenser coils do the heavy lifting in terms of cooling. If they become caked with dirt and dust, it can cause the appliance to have to work harder to eliminate heat.”
According to the website, all it takes is unplugging your refrigerator and taking a vacuum to the area around the coils to get rid of dirt, dust, and anything else that’s built up around the refrigerator.
Another method you can use to reduce your energy consumption and lower your electricity bills is to maintain the “right” temperature. A difference of just 10 degrees can increase the refrigerator’s energy usage by up to 25 percent.
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