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Summer will be here before you know it, which means hot days that have all of us cranking up the air conditioning. However, keeping your apartment too cold may not look so great for your energy bill later on. So what are some ways to stay comfortable this summer while saving money? We put together lots of tips to help.

Keep It Cool

Know when your apartment gets the most direct light during the day so you can block it out of your apartment with blinds. Those UV rays will warm up your apartment more than you might expect, so renters with large windows that get direct light might want to even invest in darkening blinds.

Utilize Fans

While ceiling or standing fans will still use electricity, they typically use less than an air conditioner. On the more temperate days, avoid the AC and use your fans instead. Open one of the windows and place a fan in it backwards to draw out the hot air. If the night gets down to a more comfortable temperature, you can also open your windows to get some fresh, cool air.

Switch out light bulbs

Eco-friendly light bulbs are a great alternative to save you money in the long run. Buy some LED or compact fluorescent lightbulbs that have an Energy Star label on them, which means they’re an eco-friendly option. These lightbulbs use less energy and last much longer than typical incandescent bulbs, so they’ll help you save a little every month, which adds up.

Unplug appliances

Just like how turning off lights in a room you’re not in will cut down energy use, unplugging appliances when not in use can do the same. For example, smaller appliances like toasters, chargers, hairdryers, DVD players, etc. are easy to just unplug after to use.

We hope these tips help you stay cool and keep your monthly bills a little lower. Tycon Companies has nine rental properties in the Twin Cities area, so you can find one that fits your personality and budget.