So, you just moved into your first apartment, and you are ready to take on the world, huh? Well, once you get your first rent payment out of the way, you may be unfortunately hit with a rather substantial utility bill you were not planning to receive.
Most new apartment tenants discover after their first month of rent that it costs more than just that to stay alive every month. There are ways you can minimize the expenses and make a living in your apartment as affordable as possible.
Most Effective Tips For Managing Your Energy Use In An Apartment
Managing your use of electricity is one of the most effective ways to limit the cost of living in your home. Depending on the appliances you have in your apartment, you may be able to implement all or only some of these tips. However, they will all help to benefit the bottom line at the end of the month.
- Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you have the option to pick an apartment that has energy-efficient appliances, then you should take that one. The amount of money you can save by running efficient appliances versus inefficient appliances can be staggering over a year. You can do small things like keeping the coils on your refrigerator clean regularly to ensure that it is running as efficiently as possible. Each bit will help to improve your monthly expenditure.
- Water Conservation
While water bills are generally inexpensive it is important to conserve water when you can. Implementing tips such as turning off water when not in use when brushing teeth or washing dishes, or only using the washing machine and dishwasher for full loads, etc. These tips will help the environment as well as lowering your water bill.
- Take Advantage of Mother Nature
Whether it is the sunlight or cool temperature take advantage of mother nature to help keep your bills down. Your AC system accounts for the majority of your energy use and a significant portion of your energy bill so on nice weather days take advantage of the nice temperatures, open a window and give the AC a much-needed break. If your home has windows you can take advantage of the sun for some nice natural lighting. Natural lighting has many advantages from reducing your energy bill to improve your mental health.
- Install A Smart Thermostat
We recommend that you install a Smart thermostat if the apartment lets you upgrade the thermostat in the unit. Many smart thermostats allow you to manage the temperature from multiple locations so your home or apartment is always the perfect temperature without wasting energy. For example; if you are at work you can set the temperature of your home to a higher temperature so you are not wasting energy while you are not home but since many thermostats allow you to manage the temperature from multiple locations you can set the temperature to be a certain temperature by the time you get home. This allows you to save energy, have your home a comfortable temperature and helps you save money on your National Grid Electricity bill.
- Turn The Lights Off When You Leave The Room
On top of wasting money by keeping the house fresh when it is unoccupied, keeping it well lit when it is unoccupied is another way that many people waste significant sums of money over a month. Every time that you leave the room, no matter what room you are leaving, you should ensure that the lights are turned off. Each light bulb switched on is costing you money every second.
- Cost efficient Lighting
If you need to replace the light bulbs in your house, you may as well spend a little bit more money and get some CFL light bulbs. These types of light bulbs are up to 10 times more efficient, costing ten times less electricity to keep running to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. They will also last far longer, so you will not need to worry about replacing them all of the time like you do with incandescent bulbs.