With only one week left in April, the weather is warming up (WE PROMISE). Fortunately, your Downtown Norfolk apartment is located just off the Elizabeth River, and cool breezes are everywhere this time of year.

Soon enough, however, you’ll need to work your thermostat to keep your indoor temps cool enough, and if you're curious about how to keep your home comfortable without blowing your monthly utilities budget, we've got a few great ways to get you started.

Try out our 5 Tips for Saving Energy this Spring/Summer, and stay cool without overspending, all season long. 

  1. Work Your Windows. As long as you comfortably can, open windows and use outdoor breezes to keep your apartment cool. As temperatures warm up during the day, switch to keeping windows open in the evening only. Finally, once you’ve switched on your thermostat for 24 hour cooling purposes, consider installing window treatments to keep heat from coming in through your windows (think draperies and a new design DIY project!).
  2. Use Your Thermostat Wisely. Keep your thermostat set at 78°F when you are home, and consider setting the thermostat to 85°F when you are away. Make use of amenities like programmable thermostats to help you maintain temperature throughout the day (we feature these in all of our Downtown Norfolk apartments).
  3. Contain Energy Leaks. Unplug electronic devices like computers, televisions and stereos. Make sure to turn off lights when you leave a room, and try to use daylight to light your home as long as you possibly can.
  4. Avoid Overusing Indoor Appliances. On hot days, give your stove time off and choose to cook on the grill or use your microwave. Run only full loads of laundry and dishes (using cold water as much as possible), and continually check your dryer’s lint trap.
  5. Use Electricity When It Is Coolest. When the sun is high, and the heat is highest, try holding off on running major appliances. Consider running the dishwasher, washer and dryer when you sleep, and avoid using most electricity between the hours of 2 pm and 8 pm.

For additional resources and tips, check out Energy.gov and Energy Star.

Photo: Conserve Energy Future.