Looking For A New Apartment can be a frustrating task. That is why you need to consider using an Apartment Locator. When you are ready to look for an Apartment In Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston or Austin areas consider using an Apartment Finder Service. Visit our website at The Pad Hunter and let us help you with finding your next luxury apartment home. We work with apartment communities throughout the city to offer you the best apartment rates, special amenities (hard wood floors, black/stainless appliances, gated communities, etc.) and we work with communities that offer second chance leasing for individuals that may have rental debt, evictions, broken leases or even a tarnished background with limited criminal records. Have a large animal or a special rental need such as handicapped accessible or parking requirements? Then let us help you find your next new apartment.
Now that you are ready to start shopping for that new apartment home, as an apartment locator and owner of The Pad Hunter. I constantly hear complaints from my clients about the terrible utility bills they receive in the summer and winter and how upset they were when they lost their water when the pipes froze. Although we can’t do anything about the extreme weather that we experience here in the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin or area we can take some preventative measures ourselves to protect our monthly financial investment. The age of the apartment community can have a huge impact on how energy efficient your apartment will be. As your Apartment Locators, I will help educate you regarding the apartment market and which units will be the most energy efficient for you. Here are some additional suggestions made by Josh Peterson of Planet Green to help with your Energy Saving Measures once you make your selection.
- Low-Flow Shower Head – Remove your old shower head and replace it with a low-flow model. When you move, pack up the low-flow shower head and put the original shower head back on.
- Displace Water in Your Toilet Tank – Find a plastic bottle. Fill it with gravel. Place it in your toilet tank. You can leave this for the next tenant or take it with you.
- Insulated Drapes/Blackout Curtains/Cellular Blinds – Covering your windows with insulated dressings such as blackout curtains or cellular blinds will significantly reduce your heating bills. These can be moved with you.
- Foam Insulating Gaskets – Putting foam insulating gaskets behind your outlets is a cheap way of reducing heat loss. You probably could remove these when you leave your apartment, but they are so cheap it may not be worth it.
- Draft Stoppers – Place delightfully mobile draft stoppers in front of drafty doors and windows. They cost about ten bucks, or you can make them yourself.
- Plastic Window Insulation/Bubble Wrap – Insulate your windows by covering them with plastic. You can remove the plastic when you leave the apartment. Bubble wrap is another great way to insulate your windows.
- CFL Bulbs – They save a lot of energy. I’m waiting for the day when they are just called light bulbs and old pear-shaped light bulbs are a thing of the past. Also, turn off lights when you are not in the room.
- Shade Your Air Conditioner – If you have a window-mounted air conditioner, you can save energy and money by shading it from the sun. The cooler the air conditioner, the more efficient it runs.
- Pay Attention to Your Fridge – In an apartment building, 25% of your electric bill may go towards the fridge. Keep its compressor coils clean to ensure your energy bill stays low. Cover Your Food. Check the fridge’s seal. Fill your fridge with water jugs to keep it full and colder.
- Surge Protectors/Power Bars – Phantom power is a problem, and it can be hard to remember to unplug every single appliance from the walls. With surge protectors and power bars, you only have to unplug one plug. Some power bars can stop phantom power with the flick of a switch.
- Hot Water Bottle/Electric Blanket – Instead of turning up the thermostat, you can invest in an electric blanket or a hot water bottle. Each of these uses less energy than a central heating system.
- Repairs – One of the benefits of having a landlord is that they will fix things. Don’t let a slightly leaky faucet go unrepaired. Leaks account for 13% of home water usage. You can fix it yourself or get your landlord to do it.
- Arrange Furniture Properly – Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking vents or baseboards.
- Exhaust Fan Cover – Cover your kitchen and bathroom exhausts in the winter. Removable covers can be purchased for these exhaust fans.
- Aerators – Put aerators on your faucets to save water. Remove them when you remove yourself from the apartment.
- Door Sweep – Your landlord may have been cutting corners when he or she installed your door. If it’s drafty, you can nix that draft by putting a door sweep on your door.