Tips for saving money and energy while renting your Reno apartment

As the weather continues to get colder in Reno and you find yourself using your heater more, the amount due on your power bill may come as an unexpected shock at the end of the month. Simple things can be done around your house to save energy and use it more wisely and if adopted, can also save you a little money each month.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), renters can be more energy efficient, save money and reduce the risks of climate change. One simple tip they give is to replace your most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). These bulbs use 75% less energy and last 6- 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. You can also turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turing of one incandescent light that would otherwise burn 8 hours a day can save you about $15 per year.

Apartment renters in Reno can also save energy by taking advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping blinds and drapes open during daylight hours. The sunlight can warm up a room and also provide light which can be used instead of energy to power a heater or lamp.

Yet another tip that could benefit renters is unplugging battery chargers and electronic equipment when not in use. Consumer electronics can play a large roll in a customer’s energy consumption and can account for 15 percent of electricity use. By using a power strip for your computer and or entertainment equipment, you can completely disconnect the power supply from the power source quickly and easily and eliminate standby power consumption.

To get more money saving ideas like these, visit www.energystar.gov  and continue to follow our blog. Looking to rent a new Reno apartment? Check out Apartment Genie for a quick and easy way to find the Reno apartment for you!