If you are looking to build little wiggle room into your budget, and do something to “go green” at the same time, lowering your utility bills should be at the top of your priority. When you live in an new apartment, you can’t add insulation or upgrade your appliances, but there are still steps you can take to lower those utility bills and start saving. Here are some tips to lower electricity and gas bills, even as an apartment dweller.
Make the Best Use of Your Thermostat
The thermostat is the first place to start for this task. You can save about three percent on your heating and cooling bill for every one degree that you change the thermostat, and you are not going to notice this change all that much. If you are used to a temperature of 72 degrees, consider changing it to 75 in the summer and 68 in the winter. You may not notice the change, but you will save big on your heating and cooling costs.
Unplug When Not in Use
Vampire electricity charges are the charges for electricity used when electric devices are in standby power mode. For example, when you turn your television off, but leave it plugged in, electricity continues to flow to the television in an attempt to run it. Though it is not used, some of the electricity is lost in the process. To stop this process and waste, unplug your electronic items when they are not in use. If you are afraid you will forget to unplug, invest in a smart power strip which will cut off the electric flow when a device is not in use.
Upgrade Your Light Bulbs
What type of light bulbs came in your apartment? If they are CFLs, then they are fairly efficient, but if you really want to make your area energy efficient upgrade from the CFLs to LED bulbs. They will last longer than the CFLs, offer instant-on lighting and use the lowest amount of energy of all bulbs. LED bulbs are not cheap, but they last for many years. If you want, you can take them with you when you move out of your apartment and put the CFLs back in. Your electric bills will drop significantly with this change.
Replace the Shower Head
If your apartment’s shower head is not a low flow shower head, consider changing it. Even better, if you like to leave the shower running while you heat the water, consider investing in a shower head with new ShowerStart technology. This shower head lessens the flow of water while the water heats up, then when you are ready to get in the shower you pull a cord and it turns the shower head on full blast.
As you can see, there are many ways you can lower your utility bills, even while living in an apartment. Take advantage of some of these tips, and start saving today!