For most people, the saying “a penny saved is a penny earned” is just a tired old cliché. But it doesn’t have to be, especially when it comes to saving money on energy costs. In fact, all it takes is a few small steps which could lead to a significantly lower monthly bill.
These tips are especially important for those living in cities where utility costs are notoriously high (such as Dallas for instance). And as an added benefit, you would be doing your part in creating a greener earth.
Here are five effective actionable tips that can lead you on the way to lower apartment energy costs. And could we throw in one more tired old cliché? Every little bit counts.
- As simple as this sounds, start turning off your televisions, ceiling fans and lights when you’re not using them. Doing this on a regular basis can lead to impressive energy cost savings. Along the same thought process, also start unplugging appliances when you’re not using them. Incorporate these habits into your daily lifestyle and your pocketbook will thank you.
- Don’t put EVERYTHING in the fridge! It’s time to start using your refrigerator intelligently. Don’t put food items in the fridge that won’t spoil in your cabinets or cupboards. This will bring down the overall cooling requirement which will, in turn, lead to lower monthly costs. Among the foods that don’t need to refrigerated include arugula, shelled beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, garlic, asparagus, basil, bets, cabbage, eggplant, leeks and several other perishable items.
- Now it’s on to the bathroom where you can lower your energy costs by using a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads can lower water consumption by over 40%. And considering that showers use energy to heat the water, you would not only save money on your water bill, you would also save money on your electric bill as well.
- Consider purchasing cozy comforters and warm bedding to use at night. By doing so, you will be able to lower your thermostat by as much as 15 degrees. In fact, doing this one step can help you save as much as 10% of your overall annual heating costs. As an added bonus, you should consider wearing sweaters during the day and placing rugs on the floor. The more you contribute to keeping yourself personally warm, the lower you can dial your thermostat.
- Last but not least, it’s time to replace all the light bulbs in your apartment with LED bulbs. These energy saving bulbs can last up to two decades while using 80% less energy than regular bulbs.
These five steps are an excellent start to lowering your monthly energy costs and they are all reasonable and actionable. It’s time to do your part because after all, who doesn’t want to save a little money here and there?