When you’re trying to live on a budget, expenses that fluctuate up and down, like your electric bill, can easily take a bigger bite out of your resources than you’d like. But unlike fixed expenses like rent and garbage pick up, this is one that you have some control over. With a few proactive changes, you can keep that portion of your utilities at a reasonable minimum.
Start By Developing These 3 Habits
Electrician, Bobby Martinez, owner of Mr. Electric in Ventura County California, gives these tips:
- Turn off the lights! As simple as it sounds, turning off lights in empty rooms will lower energy use and help you save.
- Practice moderation with your thermostat settings. With summer around the corner, it can be tempting to blast the air conditioning. To save money and energy turn your thermostat up to a higher temperature when you aren’t at home.
- Turn off your computer and other devices when not in use. Also, know that some devices use power even when turned off! To cut back on this excess power use, a point-of-use surge protector can be utilized to easily cut off power to multiple devices.
These small little adjustments to the way you use the electrical energy in your apartment can make a significant impact on the electric bill for your apartment, if you make them a habitual, daily practice.
Four More Ways to Lower Your Electrical Bill
- Avoid using the oven. If your apartment has an electric range and oven, you can make several cooking choices to limit the amount of dollars it adds to your bill each month. Use your microwave or toaster oven to reheat food, they both use less than your oven. Make use of your gas grill as much as possible, propane is cheaper than electricity.
- Enjoy natural energy. You can save electricity by simply opening the blinds on your windows to bring in natural light, instead of turning on the lights during the day. Opening windows to capture the breeze instead of turning on the air conditioner is another good habit to get into.
- Designate a laundry day. Many apartments now include a washer and dryer. An electrical dryer can consume a lot of electricity, but there several ways to minimize that expense. One way is to simply do all your laundry in one day, instead of spreading the loads out over the week. This way your dryer isn’t starting cold for each load. Separating light and delicate laundry from heavier clothes and towels will give you some very short drying times for delicates. Even better, air dry those lighter items on a clothes rack.
- Don’t bake your dishes. Turn off the heated drying cycle on your dishwasher and let them air dry to save some more kilowatts. And don’t run the dishwasher unless there’s a full load. Hand washing a few dishes can be done just about the same amount of time as it takes to put them into the dishwasher and take them out again.
Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have no control over your monthly cost of living. Take charge of your electric bill. You can make more of difference than you might think.
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