Today more than ever before, the citizens of Hawaii understand the importance of conserving natural resources and protecting the islands’ landscape. Renting an apartment doesn’t mean you have to work hard to enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle. There are many ways you can easily conserve energy and water even in a rental home without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Use Your A/C Wisely
Your Kalaeloa apartment features central air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable every day. However, air conditioning can be one of the largest sources of energy consumption in your apartment. Learning to use your air conditioning wisely will not only save energy, it will save you money as well. Keep your thermostat set at 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home during the day and evening. At night when the air outside is cooler, turn your air conditioner off and sleep with the windows open to conserve energy. Likewise, turn your air conditioning off when you won’t be home for an hour or more during the day—close your curtains to block out direct sunlight to keep your home cool while you are away.
Choose Eco-Friendly Lights
Lighting also plays an important role in your apartment’s energy usage, especially during the winter when daylight hours are shorter. Traditional incandescent bulbs are no longer the most efficient means of lighting—today, Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFLs, offer equivalent light for a fraction of the energy consumption. CFLs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last an average of six times as long, reducing both your energy usage and the amount of waste you throw away. Switching all your light bulbs to CFLs is an easy and cost-effective way to instantly green your Oahu apartment.
Unplug Unused Electronics
After your air conditioning and your lighting, your electronics are the third-largest drain on energy resources. Simply unplugging electronics when they are not in use can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15%. This concept particularly applies to chargers, televisions, computers, and DVD players, all of which draw power even while they are turned off or not in use. To make this simple step even more convenient, plug similar electronics into a single power strip equipped with an on/off switch. Whenever you’re done watching TV or using your computer and associated equipment, power off the devices and turn off the power strip to stop using energy until it’s needed again.
Take Smarter Showers
While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in a bath now and again, showering regularly will save water over filling the bathtub each time you want to get clean. Cutting your showers to ten minutes or less whenever possible will save five gallons or more over taking a bath, while also requiring less energy to heat the water you do use. Replacing standard showerheads with low-flow fixtures is easy and can further reduce your water usage without compromising water pressure or comfort.
Your Kalaeloa apartment home is the perfect place to enjoy a green and eco-friendly lifestyle with all the amenities you want. Our pet-friendly Kapolei apartment community features plenty of personal storage space, brand new finishes, fixtures, and appliances in select units, and on-site community spaces that include tennis courts, picnic areas, and a dog park. Visit our website for additional information about our features, floor plans, and availability.