Are you a savvy shopper? Then you probably know when to catch the best sales and biggest discounts. Did you know the same is true when it comes to renting apartments? If finding the cheapest rent is a top priority for you, it’s all about apartment hunting in the winter months when you can get the best deals on apartments and moving costs. Learn about the benefits of searching in the “off-season,” and find out how to use the cold winter months to your advantage when negotiating rent! Read the rest of this entry »
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If you’re a homeowner, you have tons of options to winterize your abode. Install storm doors, upgrade your heating system, build walls or take them down! As a renter, your options are a bit more limited. Does that mean you’re stuck wearing a blanket and mittens around your apartment all winter? Far from it! There are a handful of quick, easy, and even cheap damage-free ways you can prep your place for winter and lower your energy costs. Read the rest of this entry »
Apartments change on the inside with the seasons: new décor goes up, recipes change, wardrobe choices rotate, and as fall and winter approach, that transition between hot and cold can also mean a change in your gas bill. Apartments in extreme climates (think Austin apartments and Seattle apartments) will notice this difference especially. Remember, however: if you are mindful of the temperatures of your apartment, your gas bill will stay manageable. Renters, cutting back on utilities doesn’t have to mean walking around your apartment perpetually wrapped in an afghan! Avoid the embarrassment of having to buy a Snuggie with these useful tips to lower the gas bill in your apartments:
A programmable thermostat will do wonders for an apartment’s gas bills. Apartments can benefit greatly from the ability to adjust the temperature automatically throughout the day. Especially if you’re at work all day, turn up your thermostat before you leave. Even better, if your thermostat has a timer, adjust it so that the temperature fluctuates with the amount of sunlight the room receives to keep the temperature steady. Some suggest that you turn it off altogether if you leave home for more than two hours, but apartments in more extreme climes may want to steer clear of this option, since freezing pipes and overheating are both real possibilities.
Close your blinds and put up curtains. Apartments’ temperatures fluctuate easily if a window is left exposed to the elements, making the heating or air conditioning activate unnecessarily.
Much of apartments’ energy used in a washing machine is for heating the water. To save money in your apartments, wash clothes in cold water only. Your clothes will be just as clean. A cold water wash will not only save you money, it is environmentally friendly and better preserves the colors of your clothing.
Test the door seals of the refrigerators and freezers in your apartment. Put a dollar bill in the door and close it. If the bill does not hold, replace the seal.
Invest in a sweater and some socks. If you only turn down your heat even a few degrees, most apartments’ heating bills will show a significant decrease. Be conscious of when you want to adjust your thermostat, and ask yourself whether it is enough to warrant the change, or if you could easily put on a pair of socks to solve the problem.
Apartments with architectural details such as high ceilings, interior arches, or leaded-glass windows can be brimming with character. But those apartments are usually found in older buildings, which are often poorly insulated. Add leaky, single-paned windows to the equation, and the price of apartments with vintage charm may be high heating bills when the weather turns chilly.
If the apartments you love are aging beauties, don’t worry. There are easy ways to prepare apartments for cold weather that can help them be snug and energy-efficient.
- Use window coverings. Sure, apartments with big windows get tons of light. But those same windows may be an escape route for expensive heat. Hang lined drapes, or add a lining or insulation to existing curtains. Or since apartments are a great place to unleash your creativity, get out your favorite quilts or blankets, sew loops to the top, and hang those.
- Caulk. Apartments with cracks around the window frames are guaranteed to lose lots of warm air. Check around your windows, and use paintable latex caulk to fill any gaps. You can also buy temporary caulk to seal the sashes to the frame. That will mean you can’t open the windows, but it’s easy to remove the caulk when the weather warms up.
- Add weather stripping. Apartments that don’t have weather stripping around the doors and windows can really benefit from this inexpensive fix. Most home improvement stores sell self-adhesive felt or foam strips that will cut down on air loss around leaky windows and doors. Or again, if you like to add some personality to your apartments, go the creative route: Fill colorful socks or stockings with beans or rice, tie or stitch the ends, and lay them along the windowsills.
- Use window film. Another quick fix for apartments with drafty windows is plastic film. You can buy window-sealing kits that come with double-sided tape and shrinkable plastic. Put the tape around the end of the window frame, then apply the sheet of film and use a hairdryer to shrink it tight. This creates the effect of double-paned glass, providing good insulation while being practically invisible.
Of course, these tips will be most useful in apartments in regions that get severe cold weather. But even apartments in generally temperate areas such as Dallas Apartments, Austin Apartments, or Seattle Apartments can be more comfortable (and affordable) if you employ these ideas. And the same strategies can be used in Phoenix apartments to keep them cooler in hot weather.
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