Energy Saving Tips That Won’t Force You to Sacrifice Comfort

Now is the time start thinking about your energy consumption because the weather is getting warmer. The heat of summer will arrive before you know it, which means turning up the air conditioner in your apartment. Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or illuminate your place, you use energy.

Energy Saving Tips That Won't Force You to Sacrifice Comfort

Fortunately, decreasing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort. Check out these energy saving tips to reduce your environmental impact and prevent your air conditioner from over working:

Install and Use Ceiling Fans

Using ceiling fans allows you to decrease the temperature in your home or apartment by 4 degrees Fahrenheit without losing any comfort. Though it may not sound like much, those 4 degrees can add up when it comes time to pay the bills.

Ceiling fans circulate air, preventing heat from hanging near the ceiling. They also promote ventilation by pushing air out of the window and pulling in cool breezes. If your apartment does not have a ceiling fan, ask your landlord to install one or ask if you can purchase one yourself.

Many apartments already have ceiling fans installed, so make the most of your fan by using it. This spring, dust the blades and be sure the fan works. Then you can turn it on and decrease the air conditioning energy you consume come summer.

Hang Light Curtains

Some energy saving tips don’t require as much planning as others, and curtains are one of the easy alterations you can make. Warm sunlight can heat your apartment as it streams in through your windows, but hanging curtains will reduce that greenhouse effect.

Energy Saving Tips That Won't Force You to Sacrifice Comfort- Hang Light Curtains

You can still enjoy the comfort of natural light by choosing window treatments made of sheer fabric. They help diffuse sunlight while promoting illumination. Keep the curtains closed during the day and increase the temperature on your thermostat to go green. You’ll still feel cool because the sun won’t be heating your apartment.

Prevent Heat Gain

Many apartments have wall- or window-mounted air conditioning units. While these devices do help cool the apartment, it’s easy to seal them improperly. If the unit isn’t airtight, you could be letting hot air into the apartment (which forces your air conditioner to work harder to reduce indoor temperatures). Use caulk to seal the edges around your air conditioning unit, which will prevent heat from outdoors entering the room.

You’ll notice that the room stays cooler longer and that you can turn the thermostat up a few degrees without feeling uncomfortable. Every degree counts!

Lighten Up

Believe it or not, the color of your decor can make your apartment hotter or colder. Dark colors absorb light and bright ones reflect it (a phenomenon known as albedo). Decorate your apartment with bright shades to prevent heat gain as a result of absorption.

Energy Saving Tips That Won't Force You to Sacrifice Comfort - Lighten Up

It’s the same principle as not wearing black in the summer. You’ll feel more comfortable and cool with light colors in your apartment. Pick white, beige and pastels for your warm-weather palette. Cooling your place naturally may help save energy costs because your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.

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8 Things to Do in Your Apartment Before You Go on Vacation

Before you even worry about how to fit everything in your suitcase, take care of these seven tasks at home.

Before you even worry about how to fit everything in your suitcase, take care of these eight tasks at home.

Vacation season: It’s finally here! Maybe you’re headed to a week of relaxing on the beach; maybe you’re jetting off on a fabulous international journey. But before you start packing, no matter where you’re going, you’ve got a few things to take care of in your apartment first.

No one wants to worry about what’s going on at home when they’re out of town. So take care of these tasks before you go on vacation, and you’ll rest easy while you’re away.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Apartment for Summer

A nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of ice in your apartment.

A nice glass of iced tea is a great way to cool off in the summer, so make sure you have plenty of ice in your apartment.

If you’re like us, you’re enjoying planting flowers and putting away your heavy sweaters as the last chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring. The warmer weather is always welcome – until it gets too hot, that is. Summer’s not far off, and with it will come soaring temperatures that can leave you uncomfortable in your apartment.

You can’t do anything to ward off the dog days of summer, but you can prepare your home ahead of time so those sweltering days don’t bother you too much. Here’s how to ensure you’ll be cool as a cucumber when the heat hits.

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Refreshing Summer Sips: DIY Drinks and Cocktails to Make in Your Apartment

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Summertime drinks are more affordable when you make them yourself at home!

Summertime trips to the bar and the coffee shop can really add up. One source even estimates that the average American worker spends $20 per week ($1,100 per year) on coffee. But there is hope for those who’d like to keep that cash in their wallets.

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With a blender and a few key ingredients, you can create a number of cool, thirst-quenching beverages without stepping foot outside your apartment.

All you need to do is decide which drinks will really satisfy your taste buds.

Sip on a cool brew
Caffeine addicts don’t need to go cold turkey this summer. Just put your vice on ice – literally! Iced coffee and iced tea have always been popular, and they’re even more delicious when you add an unexpected splash of flavor.

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Discover the Beach Town of Your Dreams This Summer

The piers of Newport Beach, CA, are major tourist draws.

The piers of Newport Beach, CA, are major tourist draws.

Looking for a getaway to a beach town before summer slips you by? Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark shared with us the top recently-searched beaches on Yahoo!

We count down some of the United States’ best, most popular beaches, based on these search results, to help you find the beach of your dreams.

Laguna Beach, CA
Fifteen-foot waves make Laguna Beach a surfer’s paradise. If you’re looking for a laid-back getaway, you can explore marine life in the beach’s famous tide pools or just kick back and take in the scenery somewhere along Laguna Beach’s seven miles of picturesque Pacific coast.

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Warm-Weather Decorating Ideas for Summer

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Summertime brings warm breezes, sunny skies, beach parties and barbecues. It’s a time to get out and enjoy the weather — so why not bring a bit of the outdoors in?

You don’t have to make over your entire apartment to enjoy a summery feel in your décor. Use these summer decorating tips to celebrate the season and enliven your space during the warm months.

Brighten up
Summer is all about color. Just look at what’s happening outside: bright buds are blooming, colorful birds are chirping, and the sky’s a crisp, clear blue. If you want your apartment to reflect a summer scene, move your decorating scheme towards a brighter palette.

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Top Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

Top Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

In many cities, August means cranking up the AC as high as it will go.

If you’re looking to save on the power bill — or just waiting for your air-conditioning unit to be repaired — use some creative ways to beat the heat in your apartment.

Check out these suggestions for keeping your cool at home in the sweltering season!

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Top Metros for Keeping Cool This Summer (Infographic)

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The summer season is in full swing, and in many cities around the country, this means hot weather. REALLY hot.

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In fact, last July was the hottest month on record since 1895, according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

We at Apartment Guide want to help you beat the heat and stay comfortable this summer. As temperatures climb, we’re sharing some timely tips to help you keep cool in your apartment — or to find a fun and friendly place nearby where the air is chilly!

We’re also sharing the cities where it’s a little easier to enjoy the summer weather. These top 10 cities report the most air conditioning units, community pools and ceiling fans, based on our data.

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Summer Pet Care Tips: Take Great Care of Your Friends!

If your dog loves the water, go play a game of fetch in the waves! But never leave your pooch unattended.

If your dog loves the water, go play a game of fetch in the waves! But never leave your pooch unattended.

Summertime provides a great opportunity to spend more time with your pets, whether you are enjoying beautiful outdoor weather at the park with your dog or spending a lazy Sunday in your apartment with your cat.

Summertime can also bring certain dangers with it for pets, however.

Follow these tips to pay careful attention to the needs of your pets in hot weather. They depend on you, so protect your animal friends with tips like these!

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Summertime… Apartment Living is Easy!

It may be hot outside, but you can be cool all summer long with our apartment living tips.

It may be hot outside, but you can be cool all summer long with our apartment living tips.

The hotter the weather becomes, the more you may need your apartment to become your refuge.

To help you find nirvana at home this season, we’re serving up some hot apartment living tips to make your summer cooler than the AC that’s pumping!

Check out this summer edition of your happy-at-home apartment tips.

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