As a homeowner in Tampa, you want to make sure that you maintain your home. It is a large investment that you have put a lot of time and effort into, and you should be sure that it remains in great condition. Part of taking care of a home involves monitoring energy usage and how your house impacts the environment. A green building company can help you make improvements. If you live in an apartment, the effects are different. Here are a few easy ways you can go green as an apartment dweller.
Reduce Water Usage with Low-Flow Showerheads
Every time you take a shower, you use many gallons of water. In fact, a ten-minute shower can use more than forty gallons. With a low-flow shower head, you can reduce that consumption by half from four gallons a minute to around two to two and a half gallons per minute. When you move in, ask your landlord if you can change the shower head. Usually, it is a simple replacement that merely involved unscrewing one fixture and replacing it with another. If you are concerned about doing it properly, trust a green building company in Tampa to help you out.
Use Less Electricity with LED Light Bulbs
Simply changing the lightbulbs in your apartment from inefficient incandescent or fluorescent bulbs to highly efficient LED bulbs can make a large difference. As a green building company, we believe in the power of LEDs. In comparison, when used for 25,000 hours at a rate of $0.12 per kilowatt hour, incandescent bulbs use $180 a year while LEDs used a mere $30. That’s an 84% decrease in consumption per year! Tampa apartment dwellers can easily swap their bulbs and save not only money but energy usage as well.
Monitor Your Air Conditioning Levels
If you live in Tampa, you absolutely need air conditioning. Most people end up using it for a majority of the year as temperatures can regularly get in the 80’s even in December and January. As a green building company, we frequently install insulation in Bay area homes to regulate the temperature more easily. However, if you are an apartment dweller and don’t have access to changing insulation levels and such, monitoring you’re A/C levels can help keep things comfortable without using too much energy. In the summer, set your thermostat to 80 degrees during the day and 76 at night. If you are going to be away from the apartment, leave the temperature no lower than 78 degrees. In addition, turning on a ceiling fan to circulate air can help cool the apartment and give you’re A/C unit a break.
Build a Green Home with a Green Building Company
When you are done with the apartment life and want to move into a home in Tampa, trust a green building company to help make your new place as efficient as possible. At Greaves Construction, we work with new builds and houses that are already built and need modifications. Consult with us to figure out a plan for ‘greening’ your home and help save the planet! To start, give us a call at (813) 985-2739 or contact us online.