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Small Changes, Big Impact: Simple Ways to Save Energy in Your Apartment

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Everyone wants to save money on their utility bills. What’s the best way to do just that? By going green, of course! At Osgoode Properties, we believe in sustainable living. Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy and doing your part for the environment.

There are many ways to reduce energy consumption in your apartment, from using LED light bulbs to air-drying your clothes. So we've compiled a list of tips that are easy to integrate into your daily routine and can help you save money while reducing your environmental footprint.

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Replace Your Light Bulbs

One of the simplest ways to reduce energy consumption is to switch to LED light bulbs; they're highly energy-efficient and can use up to 75% less energy than traditional bulbs, which means you'll save some cash on your hydro bills. Plus, they last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, so you'll spend less money on replacements and reduce waste.

LED bulbs also come in various styles and colours, so you can choose the perfect lighting for your personal style—just check the lumens rating to make sure you choose the right brightness for your space. LED bulbs may be pricier upfront, but they're a great investment in the long run.

Avoid “Energy Vampires” – Unplug Your Electronics

Did you know that many electronics still use energy even when they're turned off? That's right! They're known as "energy vampires" because they suck up electricity even when you're not using them. Examples of these energy vampires include chargers, gaming consoles, and televisions.

The simplest solution is to unplug these items when they're not in use. If unplugging all of your electronics seems like a hassle, consider using a power strip that you can switch off when you're not using them—this way, you can turn off multiple devices with just one switch. You can also look for Energy Star-certified electronics, which use less energy than standard models and have a lower standby power consumption. So, don't let those energy vampires suck the life out of your wallet! Unplug them and enjoy a more efficient apartment.

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Remember to Turn off the Lights

We all forget to turn off lights when leaving a room, but correcting this simple habit can save a lot of energy over time. Leaving lights on unnecessarily wastes electricity and adds up on your utility bills, so turning them off every time you leave a room is an easy way to save energy and money.

If you're forgetful, consider installing motion sensor lights that automatically turn off when no one's in the room. Alternatively, you can use smart home devices to remotely turn off lights from your phone or to put them on a timer. Try making this easy habit a part of your daily routine!

Use Natural Light

If you're looking to save energy during the day, try using natural light instead of turning on lights. Open up your blinds or curtains to let in the sun's rays! Studies show that natural light can improve our mood, increase productivity, and even enhance our health by providing vitamin D. So, why not take advantage of this free, eco-friendly source of light and see how it can brighten up your day? Give it a try, and you might be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.

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Skip the Dryer

Consider air-drying your laundry instead of using the dryer. When it comes to everyone’s least favourite chore, making this switch can make a real difference towards reducing your energy consumption and saving you money.

If you don't have space for a clothesline, consider getting a drying rack or hanging clothes on hangers to dry. Not only will this save energy, but it can also help your clothes last longer by reducing wear and tear from the dryer. Plus, the fresh air and sunlight can give your clothes a natural, refreshing scent. Give it a try, and you might be surprised at how easy and effective it is!

Clean and Green Shower Tips

Taking shorter showers can help reduce your water and energy consumption. The longer the shower, the more water and energy you use, so it's important to be mindful of your shower time. By reducing your shower time to no more than three minutes, you can save a significant amount of water and energy.

Consider investing in a low-flow showerhead to reduce water usage even further. These showerheads are designed to use less water without sacrificing water pressure, so you can enjoy a refreshing shower while also being eco-friendly. And if you're feeling really adventurous, try taking a cold shower—it’s not only invigorating, but it can also save energy by eliminating the need to heat water.


Reducing energy consumption is a win-win for you and the environment! By trying these tips, residents of Osgoode Properties can save some cash on their utility bills, reduce their carbon footprint, and live more sustainably. Whether you start with just one or all these tips, every little bit counts towards a greener future. And this is just the start; there are lots of things you can do to be more environmentally conscious, like developing a green thumb and adding indoor and outdoor gardens to your space. So, let's all do our part and make small changes that can lead to big savings and a healthier planet.

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