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The cold air is upon us which only means one thing…winter is coming. Many areas of the United Winter-energy-costs-11.20.14-269x300 (1)States have already experienced their first snow of the season and some are already on their third. Before you crank up the heat in your Southern Oaks Apartment for warmth, check out these useful (and easy) tips to save on energy that will put a little money back into your pocket.

Switch To LED: LED lights aren’t just for Christmas tree and icicle lights anymore! Switch all of your lights from incandescent to LED and watch the savings grow. This means your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and patio – make them all LED.  What makes LED better than the traditional bulb? LED bulbs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent and last 25 times longer. This saves you money by lowering energy and maintenance cost.

Add Plants That Increase Moisture: Plants that release moisture (humidity) into the air will make the apartment feel warmer, because moist air holds the heat better. Plants to consider adding to your apartment are Boston Ferns, Areca Palm Tree, Lady Palm, and Spider Plants. If you are lacking in a green thumb (like me), a humidifier will do just fine too!

Layers, Layers, Layers: Before you pack it in for the evening, adjust your thermostat and pile on those layers! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can shave about 10% off your heating bill each year by turning your thermostat down 10 – 15 degrees for at least eight hours. Besides, who wouldn’t want to throw on their most comfy pj’s and fuzzy slippers while curled up on the couch?

Switch To Cold Water: For laundry that is. According to Energy Star, almost 90% of energy used while washing clothes goes to heating the water. With a cold rinse, you can save energy which saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint. Your clothes get just as clean with cold water as they do with hot water.

Utilize The Sun: It may feel like the sun has disappeared as we approach the winter, however you know it never goes away…except at night. During the day, keep your curtains and blinds open for some natural heat. The sun rays will peer through the windows and create warmth that won’t cost you a dime!

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Courtesy of Apartment Living blog.