Chilling in an apartment can be cheaper than living in a house in many ways. Electric bills should be less, so you are already ahead of the game. The disadvantage to apartment living is that the owner of the building has the final say when it comes to what you can and cannot do to decrease your electricity consumption.
If you are lucky, you are in a complex that includes the electricity in your rental payment. If not, you may want to go through the checklist below and make some changes to lower your monthly bill. Either way, though, you should adopt an energy conservation type of attitude.
- Lights-STOP! Turn back around and turn that light switch off before you leave the room. Lights are one of the biggest drains of energy. They do not take a ton of energy to work, but they are used so much that it does account for a substantial portion of your bill, especially when they are always left on.
- Light Bulbs-Change all your bulbs to energy saving types, or better yet, smart bulbs. Energy saving bulbs can reduce the amount of power that they need to work, and smart bulbs can be programmed to dim according to the amount of light in the room. Or they can turn off when you leave the room with the help of sensors installed into a smart light switch.
- Vampires-You all know what I am talking about. It is not the little flying bats, or the character on a horror show that want to drink your blood. Vampires are all the little charging cords that are littered all over your apartment, and they are left plugged in twenty-four hours a day. Mobile devices and laptops are in every house and apartment around the world, slowly leeching power. Unplug them all when they are not in use. When your mobile phone has a full charge unplug both ends and stash the cord away for another day.
- Compare-The most important thing that you can do to save money on electricity bills in your apartment is to compare the retailers in your area. Use an online platform, such as the one that iSelect has, to obtain an electricity compare outline that will give you a starting point. Remember that the cheapest is not always the best, though. Companies are famous for giving a huge discount for a month or two just to get your business, and then they jack the price up after you are locked into their contract. Compare all the aspects of the supplier that you are considering, including any discounts or service charges that they may tack on.
- Curtains-Take full advantage of heavy curtains. They will help keep the cold drafts out when needed. When the sun is shining, they can be opened to let the sunshine in, which will help heat the apartment. Use your discretion and open and close them as needed.
- Standby-Many new devices, especially smart television sets, are equipped with a setting that allows them to go into a sleep mode, rather than shutting completely down. This is a convenience feature that allows the TV to turn on quickly and connect with the internet as soon as the screen comes to life. Turn these setting off to save on power.
There are more things that you can do to save money, such as placing throw rugs around the apartment and lining the windows with plastic during the cold months, but a lot of ways will be limitedto what the building owner allows. Do what you can with what you got and move towards a life with less power bill costs, and more cash to play around with.