Tips For Better Living
Summer Energy Savings
- Set your AC temperature at 78 degrees and turn off your AC when no one is home.
- Close your drapes, shades, or blinds during the day. Reduce the heat from direct sunlight in your home.
- Whenever possible, hang your laundry outside to dry. When using the dryer, run it during the cooler parts of the day.
With the increase of fuel prices we can expect to see an increased cost in heating our homes this winter. Homeowners and renter should take the following steps to help conserve energy and maintain utility costs.
Summer Ends, Fall & Winter Begins – Ways to Prepare
- Have your heating system checked out.
- Close fireplace dampers.
- Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Install new batteries.
- Seal windows and doors. Caulk and weather-strip as needed.
- Make sure storm windows are in good condition, closed and windows are locked.
- Make sure dryer’s vent cap keeps cold air out.
- Remove lint buildup where dryer meets the vent and at the vent cap. Replace plastic vent with metal.
- At summer’s end, turn your refrigerator’s anti-sweat switch off.
- Make sure your water heater thermostat is set no higher than 120 degrees for household safety and effective energy savings.
Looking To Rent? Key Energy Questions To Ask
- Who pays for heating and air conditioning?
- What kind of heat does the building/house have?
- Where is the thermostat located?
- What appliances are included and do they work properly?
To minimize the occurrences and growth of mold, you must:
- Remove moisture accumulation. Promptly remove any visible moisture accumulation in your unit, including moisture on walls, windows, windowsills, floors, ceilings, closet, storage areas, and bathroom fixtures. Mop up any spills and thoroughly dry affected area as soon as possible. Use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms when necessary. Keep climate and moisture in your unit at reasonable levels.
- Keep unit clean. Clean and dust your unit regularly and keep the unit, particularly the kitchen and bathroom clean.
- (Renters) notify management: Promptly notify management in writing or by phone of:
- A water leak, excessive moisture, or standing water in your unit;
- Mold growth in your unit that persists after you’ve tried several times to remove it with household cleaning solutions, such as Lysol or Pine-Sol disinfectants. Tilex Mold & Mildew Remover, Clorox, or a combination of water and bleach. (Follow manufacturer’s instructions when using these products).
- Malfunctions in the heating, air-conditioning, or ventilation system in your unit; and
- Mold or musty odors in your unit or in a common area.