Osgoode Properties offers utilities included at some apartment buildings, but that doesn’t mean that protecting the environment isn’t a priority for you and for us. You don’t have to live in the dark or overheat in the summer to save on energy. There are many easy tips and tricksfor renters to help conserve energy in big cities like Ottawaand Edmonton, and they can all be done without spending too much money.

To save electricity, try compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. There are many stores where you can picksome up. They 05-May seem more expensive at first, but over time they pay for themselves with huge energy savings and long-lasting service. Fluorescent bulbs can last up to seven times longer than regular light bulbs, saving you even more money down the line.

Large and small appliances use more energy than you might think, even when they are turned off. Some printers can use as much power as a running microwave! Remember to turn off your electronic appliances after using them. To save even more energy, unplug your electronics before you go out of town. Always turn off the lights in rooms you aren’t in, the TV when you aren’t watching it, and only run as much water as you need to wet your toothbrush and rinse after (don’t keep the tap running the whole time.)

Remember that drapes and shades can be used for more than just privacy. In the summer, they block the sunlight and help keep out the heat. In the winter, they help keep the heat in. Get in the habit of shutting your drapes and see the difference it can make before turning on your air conditioner or heat.

It 05-May seem like a chore, but washing your dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher can save a lot of energy. Washing dishes uses less water and less energy to heat it up. It could also be more convenient because some dishwashers can take longer than an hour to go through a full cycle, and dishwashing liquid can be expensive.

And even if your furniture is just where you want it, always make sure that none of it is blocking any vents. Arrange your furniture so that vents and radiators can let out as much cool air or heat as possible. The more air coming out of the vents, the more energy you’ll save over time. As an added bonus, it lowers the risk of fires.

When you’re looking for quick and easy ways to save on energy in your apartment, keep in mind that the little things add up. So study up on ways to save on energy costs and visit the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation online for some great ideas. We can all make a difference when we start Living Green Together!