6 Ways To Save Electricity in Your Condo

6 Ways To Save Electricity in Your Condo

Are you planning to buy that condo for sale in EDSA? Awesome! Having a new home can be quite exciting! But with this heat, your electricity bills might be doubled, partly because you’ll be using the air conditioner more often and partly because you will open all the electric fans you have in your home just to keep things cool. Well, let’s not minimize that electric bill problem, shall we? Here are some clever ways to save electricity in your condo.

Switch Light Bulbs

It may be such a minor thing but it can help reduce your electricity bill. Don’t buy incandescent lamps. Instead, go for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). Did you know that aside from being a major energy saver by using up to 75% less energy, CFLs can also last longer? Or if you really want to save a lot more money and you are willing to spend a little more, go for LED light bulbs. Your LED light bulb’s lifetime is around six times that of your CFL and, of course, it consumes lesser energy.

Do Full Laundry Loads

If you’re going to do your laundry, do full loads only. Running a half load consumes the same amount of electricity as running a full load. If your washing machine says it can take on 5 kilos, then load it with 5 kilos of clothing. On that note, weigh your clothes before putting them inside your washing machine. When your washing machine says 5 kilos, this means dry clothing, not wet. Also, don’t overload your washing machine as it can shorten the lifetime of your appliance.

Clean Your Appliances

If you have dirty appliances, chances are they are consuming more energy than they should be. Not only do they eat up energy, but they’re also not as efficient as they should be. If you can clean your own appliances, do it yourself but there are some that needs to be professionally cleaned like your air conditioning unit. For those appliances, better call on a professional.

Look For “The Star”

The next time you’re going to purchase an appliance, choose one with an Energy Star sticker on it. Appliances with the Energy Star sticker are energy saving products that are able to meet the highest energy efficiency standards established by the United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. But if you’re still unsure about the product you’re about to purchase, you can research the item on the internet and check out the reviews. If it comes with the package, check out the yellow EnergyGuide tags as well to compare the approximate energy usage of the item.

Turn Your Appliances Off

When your appliances, the lights or just something is not in use, turn them off! Or better yet, unplug ‘em! Even when plugged, these appliances are still consuming some energy. Did you put your laptop on sleep in belief that this saves energy? Of course not! Turn it off and unplug it. According to a study, up to 75% of electrical energy consumed on a daily basis is just from appliances that are plugged in and not in use, like the television or the toaster. But there are certain obvious exemptions to this rule such as your refrigerator.

These are very easy and efficient ways to save energy. Remember, you’re not just conserving energy, but you’re also saving money as well!

Fix It, Felix!: Making A Condo Maintenance Schedule

Fix It, Felix!: Making A Condo Maintenance Schedule

By now, you’ve acquired a nice condo for sale along EDSA and you’ve probably moved all your stuff as well as your family into it. But to keep it in the pristine condition you originally bought it in, you must keep a regular maintenance schedule. How are you going to do that, you might ask? We present to you these simple tips on how to make a condo maintenance schedule and the things to keep track of in this maintenance schedule.

Clean It Up

The first one on your list should always be cleaning. Believe it or not, a simple clean-up can help avoid a barrage of problems. So where should you start? First, the toilets. Clean ‘em once week and check the pipes as well to see if they’re clogged up or not. In any case, have a plumber visit your home at least once a year to avoid those unnecessary and annoying plumbing problems. After your toilet and plumbing come the filters of your air conditioning units, washing machines and dryers. Clean or replace these regularly to prevent bacteria and keep the electricity bill down. Remember, clean appliances consume lesser energy.

Call Pest Control

Even the most macho of men would freak out upon seeing a flying cockroach or ten. Sure, you might only encounter a single cockroach in your condo but there might be more hidden in the corners. So better have a pest control specialist come in at least once a year to avoid this vermin problem.

Inspect Your Gadgets

You plug in your electric water heater and you feel the current travel along the chord. And then you see it: part of the insulation has peeled away. You certainly don’t want a fire sparking in your condo. Avoid this by inspecting your gadgets every now and then. It can be every week or every month or every year, but make sure you do it on a regular basis.

Budget It

When you perform maintenance, the last thing you want is a big bill that would leave you flat broke. So after scouting and learning how much it would take to maintain your brand new condo unit, set aside money for the maintenance fees.

Print It Out

So now you are done with the maintenance. You’ve probably replaced a lightbulb or two, check all the chords of your appliances, and what not. Time to create a maintenance calendar to know when you did what last. What to jot down on it? Aside from the dates when you last replaced this or that stuff, you should also list down the last time any maintenance personel visited your condo. And here’s a little tip you can follow: Use your phone’s calendar to remember it all. After writing it down, grab your gadget and type in everything. You can even include alarms to know when you are going to perform you next maintenance.

Maintaining your unit can sound a bit of a hassle at first but remember, doing this will not only save you time but money as well.