It seems like winter was able to creep up on the residents of Central Illinois, like a snake in the grass. With the temperatures finally dropping below freezing remember to keep these protocols in mind to stay happy this season.
- Making Adjustments. Walk around your place and make sure that there are no blocked heating ducts. During the day, keep the blinds of windows facing south open to allow the sun’s heat to help warm up the room and apartment. Check all of you devices to make sure they are on sleep mode! This will help with the price of electricity. Keep using the oven to only at night, and if possible use appliances that take less energy to run such as an electric skillet or microwave.
- Avoid Vampire Energy Charges. Vampire energy also referred to, as standby power is the silent charge. Take the time before leaving to unplug your computer charger, lava lamp, game console and television sets if you are leaving for the day. Otherwise, they are simple wasting energy and hard earned money.
- The Right Times to Buy Energy-efficient Light Bulbs. During the harsh months of winter is the perfect to start investing in LED light bulbs. LED bulbs are efficient, but only replace them with lights that are on for long periods of time. Switching LED bulbs to lights that are constantly being turned on and off is not using the bulbs to their fullest potential.
- Your Thermostat, Your energy Bill. It may not come to anyone’s surprise the biggest utility expense in the winter is heating. On average, heating and cooling consists for about half of the energy bill. The minimum temperature is 65 degrees Fahrenheit; this will keep the pipes from freezing. Remember too that there is no need to turn the heat off when leaving for the day. Wear a thick sweater around the apartment.
- Start Your Engines. In the winter, keep in mind to “warm up” your car by starting up your car and let it idle for one to two minutes. Idling your car will allow your windows to defrost, and allow the oil in your car to change to its regular state. In the cold, oil begins to thicken and become less efficient. Keeping an ice scraper next to your door will also help on those icy mornings.
- Set Your Alarm. Winter is the one season when it is crucial time to take more time in almost every aspect, especially travel. During the winter, road conditions, snowfall, ice and destructive winds can all put a hurdle in your daily commute to work, class or other daily appointments. Setting an alarm about 15 minutes early will give you enough time to prepare for any uncertainties of winter.
We hope that as our tenants you are safe this winter. Please feel free to stop by our office and let us know how you are doing. We look forward to hearing from you and want nothing but happy memories renting with WALK2CLASS