Your first apartment is an exciting representation of newfound freedom and independence. Along with that independence comes the responsibility of paying your own bills. While paying bills can be stressful and intimidating, there are many ways to stay on budget when it comes to electricity. Keeping your first apartment energy efficient can lower your electricity bills, even in the heat of summer.
Use these tips to reduce your electricity bills:
Replace your air filter
Adjust your water heater temperature
Wash and dry your clothes efficiently
Use energy-efficient lighting
Use power strips
Turn off your ceiling fans and lights when not in use
Adjust your thermostat
Practice efficiency with your kitchen appliances
8 Ways To Lower The Electricity Bills In Your First Apartment
Replace air filters regularly. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system work harder to circulate air, which increases your electric bill. Filters with higher MERV ratings help filter the air better and may reduce chances of allergies or illness.
Monitor water heater temperatures. If your apartment has its own water heater, consider turning the temperature down while everyone is away so that it’s not heating unneeded water. A water heater jacket may also help reduce heating costs.
Be laundry smart. Use your washer, dryer and water heater less by washing larger loads at a time. Use even less energy by washing in cold water.
Be energy efficient with your lighting. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are a little pricier up front, but have a longer lifespan and use less energy. Swap out those incandescent bulbs for CFLs or LED bulbs.
Smart power strips prevent electronics from wasting electricity when you’re not using them by turning them completely off when they go into standby mode.
Switch both lights and ceiling fans off when you leave the room.
Adjust your thermostat. Don’t waste your energy dollars cooling or heating an empty apartment. Give your HVAC system a break by adjusting your thermostat to 80 degrees in the summer and 62 degrees in the winter when you leave for the day.
Be kitchen smart. Use the microwave for cooking rather than the stove. Use the oven at night so your A/C won’t work as hard during the day. Turn off the heat-dry setting on your dishwasher.
Your first apartment is an exciting adventure, but new responsibility doesn’t have to be intimidating. These easy steps will put you well on your way to an energy-efficient apartment year-round. Keep your electricity bills low and on-budget with more energy efficiency tips on The Light Lab!
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