Every month that dreaded Consolidated Edison bill arrives in your mailbox. Even though you think you might have done a good job on conserving energy this month, the bill is still upwards of $70 on your 1-bedroom. Shocked, you numbly take out your checkbook and pay that bill before you can think twice. Repeat this process monthly until the end of time.

Think this situation is too relatable? Check out these 5 tips for turning your apartment into an energy efficient haven:

  • Energy Saving Light Bulbs: Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Replace the light bulbs on your 5 most used lighting fixtures with energy saving bulbs and you could save up to $65 a year in energy costs.
  • Caulk and Seal Your Doors and Windows: If you’re living in an older building, chances are you have single pane windows and old or missing caulk. Prevent air leaks by re-caulking windows and door frames to keep the cold air out and warm air in.
  • Use Power Strips and Unplug Your Electronics: A lot of energy is wasted by electronics left plugged in. Put a stop to it by using smart energy strips, which will turn off energy when the electronics are not being used. If you’re not using power strips, unplug your electronics when they’re not in use.
  • Turn Off Your Lights: This is a no-brainer. When you leave a room, turn off the lights if they’re not in use.
  • Window Shades: More than just window decor, blinds and curtains can help control the temperature in your room. Using heavy curtains in the winter can help block any heat loss, as well as help stop heat gain in the summer.http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/make-your-rental-more-energy-efficient-167808