Make Your Apartment Energy Efficient with These Rental-Friendly Energy-Saving Tips Upgrade your light bulbs Choose LEDs over traditional light bulbs, as they last 8–25 times longer and use 25–30% less energy. The best part about this upgrade is the light bulbs can be taken with you when you move! Block air leaks Drafty windows or doors can let in (or out) cold air. Keep your apartment at the ideal temperature by covering any air leaks and consider purchasing an inexpensive draft stopper to place in front of drafty doors or windows. Clean your fridge You’re probably not purchasing an energy-efficient refrigerator for your rental, but there is a simple way to ensure your existing refrigerator runs more efficiently — and all it takes is a little elbow grease. Fridge coils are meant to dissipate heat during the refrigeration process, but if they’re clogged with dirt and dust, they can’t work effectively. The result? Your fridge works harder and your electricity bill goes up. Clean these coils at least once a year with a coil-cleaning brush and a vacuum to keep your fridge in tip-top shape. Combat energy vampires Leaving appliances plugged in can sap your energy resources, even if they’re not in use. Combat these energy vampires by utilizing smart power strips. They recognize when an appliance is not in use and automatically turn off the unnecessary energy. Wash a full load Putting off those chores can actually benefit your energy savings! Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it and gather a complete load of laundry before starting a cycle. Making sure these appliances are full will help you use less energy and water. Bump up those savings by washing your clothes in cold water — most of the energy consumed by the washing machine is used to heat the water. Turn them off A classic, easy way to conserve energy is to turn the lights off when you leave the room! Try to get the whole family involved in building this habit, especially if you’re using traditional incandescent bulbs, which are the least energy efficient. Inspired by the potential savings? Check out even more you can do to lower your energy bill in five minutes or less.