Preferred Corporate Housing is pleased to participate in the global energy saving initiative by providing our guests with the following list of tips for corporate living.
Be careful not to overheat or overcool rooms. In the winter, set your thermostat at 68 degrees in the daytime and 55 degrees at night. In the summer, keep it at 76. Lowering your thermostat just two degrees during the winter saves 6% of heating-related CO2 emissions.
Close the doors
If you have multiple rooms, close the doors to any rooms you are not using. Close pantry/closet doors, and especially the door to where your hot water heater is kept.
Don't leave windows open
By leaving windows open with the A/C or heat on, your heating/cooling unit will continuously run and will not be able to maintain a set temperature. This is one of the most common wastes of energy. This could also cause your heating/cooling unit to overheat or freeze up, which would require a maintenance technician to repair.
If your apartment has ceiling fans, they can be used to cool your space. Ceiling fans can also help circulate cool air within the apartment which reduces the strain on your AC unit.
Adjust the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer. Refrigerators account for about 20% of household electricity use, so set your refrigerator at 37 degrees and your freezer at 3 degrees. If your refrigerator has an energy saver switch, make sure it is turned on.
Microwave ovens use far less energy than conventional ovens. If you use your stove top to prepare meals, use your vent hood fan during cooking, but remember to turn it off when you are done. It will help pull unwanted heat out of the kitchen, but if left on too long it will also pull the cool air that your air conditioner is blowing.
Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it. Allow your dishes to air dry, if possible. Not using the heat in the drying cycle can save 20% of your dishwasher's total electricity use.
Unplug all items that aren't being used. Cell phone, laptops, electric shaver chargers, etc will all pull electricity even if the device is not connected to the charger. Unplug it from the wall when you aren't charging.
Return Air Vents
Do not place furniture or any other items in front of the return air vents. These vents allow air to be pulled into the system to be cooled or heated. Blocking these vents will cause your heating/cooling units to work harder to pull air.
Wash your clothes on the warm or cold water setting instead of the hot setting. Switching from hot to warm for two loads per week can save nearly 500 pounds of CO2 per year for electric water heaters, or 150 pounds for gas heaters.
Inspect your apartment for faulty or malfunctioning appliances. If you notice that your air conditioner or heater is not cooling or heating properly or is constantly running, you may need repairs to your unit. If your toilet is continuously running water or you have any leaky faucets, contact your PCH Account Manager immediately. Just one drip from a leaky faucet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a month!