Are you tired of spendy utility bills soaking up all of your spending money? You’re not alone. Many apartment residents, and homeowners, find themselves frustrated by the high cost of their utilities. But there is some good news.
Your utilities are a reflection of your usage, so there are some steps that you can take to cut down on the amount of energy you’re using, which will reduce the amount of money you pay each month.
The types of utilities that an apartment resident is responsible for can vary depending on their property manager, but most residents are responsible for their electric bill, heating bill, and water bill. Here are 7 tips that can help lower each of these three bills.
1. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
You usually will inherit the lightbulbs when you move into a new apartment. If the previous tenant was using incandescent bulbs in the light fixtures, you’re paying for it on your utility bill.
Energy-efficient bulbs have a come a long way in providing clean light without draining your electric bill. If you have old bulbs in your light fixtures, take them out and replace them with
new CFL lights that use far less electricity, while providing just as much light. Newer bulbs have been manufactured to last for years, so keep the old bulbs around and take your new efficient light bulbs with you when you move out.
2. Replace the Air Filter Every 12 Weeks
Your HVAC unit accounts from large portion of your electric bill. Especially during the summer when your A/C is tasked with keeping your apartment cool and comfortable. If your air filter has not been replaced in a while, speak to your landlord about - it you’ll pay for that old filter on your electric bill in the warmer months and on your gas bill during the winter.
A dirty air filter forces both your heat and air conditioning system work overtime to circulate air in order to keep your apartment at a comfortable temperature. Every 12 weeks you’ll want to remind your landlord to change out your air filter to ensure that your HVAC system is circulating clean air at full capacity. A good way to remember this is to set a calendar alert in your phone to remind you every three months.
3. Power Down When You’re Away
There’s no reason to rack up energy usage while you’re out of your apartment. Before you take off for work each day, make sure that all of the energy-draining items in your apartment powered off. Some things you’ll want to check for before you leave your apartment include:
- Turn Off Lights
- Switch Off Fans
- Turn Off TV, Video Game Consoles, and Stereos
- Place Your Computer on Sleep Mode
- Unplug Chargers
4. Program Your Thermostat
For the most part, you have a good idea of when you’re going to be in your apartment, and when you’re going to be away. Let that knowledge save you money on your utility bills.
If your apartment has a programmable thermostat, you can set it to specific temperatures at certain times. Let’s say you work from 9-5 during the week. During the summer, you could set your thermostat to hover at 72 degrees from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Then, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. your thermostat could be set to a more comfortable 70 degrees. With this system, your HVAC unit won’t pull pricey energy to cool down your apartment when you’re not there to enjoy it.
5. Wash Clothes In Large Loads
If you have an in-unit laundry machine, it’s pulling a lot of energy in order to function. Laundry machines pull electricity to clean your clothes, and more electricity and/or gas in order to dry your clothes. Additionally, laundry machines draw and heat up water, which you’re also paying for.
If you want to lower your utility bill each month, make sure you’re not washing your clothes frivolously. Try and wash your clothes, towels, blankets, and sheets in larger loads so that you’re not wasting energy. If your machines are energy-efficient, use the lower-usage settings to wash your clothes when possible.
6. Use Power Strips
Your electrical outlets may look harmless, but they can cause havoc on your electric bill. Most apartments don't have energy-efficient outlets that will regulate how much energy your devices need for power as they run pretty spendy. But, by grabbing a few power strips you can prevent the electrical outlets from racking up a pricey bill.
If you really want to create some utility bill savings for yourself, look into a smart power strip. Smart power strips can be programmed to turn completely off during certain times via your smartphone. Even when turned off, your TV, cable box, DVD player, and stereo are pulling a bit of energy from the electrical outlets. A smart power strip will shut down all the energy going to these devices, which will save you money.
7. Low-Flow Showerhead
In an apartment, your water bill shouldn’t be too expensive. If yours is getting spendy, chances are your bathroom or kitchen appliances are to blame. While you can’t control how efficient your dishwasher or sink faucets are, you can control how much water your showerhead expends.
Talking to your landlord about finding a showerhead that slows down water flow or using less water in your shower can help you save money on your water bill every month. It’s a quick-and-easy fix.
Find Your Next Apartment With Elevate Living
By applying these 7 money-saving tips to your apartment, you’ll be thrilled when you open your utility bills and see that your balance went down. With a cheaper set of utility bills each month, you’ll have more money to allocate towards the things you love to do.
If you’re coming up near the end of your lease and will soon be needing to find a new apartment, let us help fuel your search. Contact us to learn how we can help find the perfect apartment for you.