An energy-efficient apartment lifestyle is an easy goal to strive for, even during the warmest summer weather. By reducing your apartment’s energy consumption, you can reduce your own financial commitments while also taking steps toward a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. There are several simple ways you can enjoy greater energy efficiency without sacrificing style or comfort in your luxury apartment in Lawrenceville.
Take Advantage of Ceiling Fans
Using a fan to boost your air conditioning’s efficiency is a great way to reduce your home cooling costs while instantly improving your comfort. Ceiling fans lower the perceived temperature in any room, allowing you to leave your thermostat set just a little higher for energy savings; running your fans on a milder summer day might even allow you to leave the A/C off completely without compromising on personal comfort. However, it’s important to keep in mind that ceiling fans only improve your comfort while you’re in the room—if you’re planning to leave a room for more than 20-30 minutes, turn your fan off to save electricity for even greater efficiency.
Add Sheer Curtains
Light, gauzy curtains are making big waves in current home decor trends, and they’re also a great way to reduce the amount of incident sunlight during the day to keep your apartment cooler. Window treatments that feature lighter fabrics can help to block direct sunlight without significantly compromising the amount of natural light your apartment receives, allowing you to make the most of long, sunny summer days without raising your indoor temperature uncomfortably. Sheer or light curtains also work well at night, blocking out some of the surrounding light while letting cooler breezes through on nights when you sleep with the windows open.
Cook with Your Microwave
Microwave cooking is a fast and easy way to prepare almost any meal—it’s also a great way to save energy and maintain cooler temperatures inside your apartment during the summer. Cooking on the stove or with the oven allows heat to escape into your apartment, which must then be offset by your cooling system, requiring additional energy. Microwaves can prepare food without adding heat to their surroundings, making this simple appliance a great solution that can also cut down on meal preparation time and effort.
Replace Your Lightbulbs
While traditional incandescent lightbulbs have undergone several improvements to increase their energy efficiency, they still create heat as a byproduct of light production when you switch them on. Swapping out incandescent for CFLs or LED lights can help you save energy on two fronts—first, by reducing the amount of energy your apartment’s lights require after dark, and second, by minimizing or eliminating heat production to lower the demand on your cooling system. CFLs and LEDs do represent a larger initial investment in terms of product price, but they’ll also last much longer than your incandescent bulbs as well, reducing the number of times you’re jolted out of an activity by a burned-out bulb.
At Altera Riverside, our Lawrenceville, GA, apartments feature luxury living with energy efficiency in mind, including newly-renovated amenities and ceiling fans in select units. You’ll also love our spacious floor plans, pet-friendly apartment community and grounds, and upcoming appliance upgrades planned for the near future. Please stop by our website to find out more about our luxury apartments, including our available floor plans and availability.