“BRRR! It’s cold in here! There must be some Toros in the atmosphere!” Or maybe you just have some old apartment windows? Yes, we’re quoting Bring It On, but it is a fitting description of your drafty apartment. Plus, we’re just excited to share these creative ways you can lower your heating bill this winter without damaging your apartment. So now, bring it on! (The savings, that is). Read the rest of this entry »
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It took millions of year for our planet to produce natural gas. Fortunately, you only need a few days to wrangle its power to meet your needs and fit your budget! Read the rest of this entry »
“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,” but summer heat and electricity bills definitely do not. If you live in an apartment, you’re probably familiar with the rising costs of your energy bill in the summer. So how can you keep your cool without paying a fortune? Here are some great money-saving hacks, just for apartment renters. Read the rest of this entry »
If you want to save money on your apartment’s energy bills this summer, you might think that your only choice is to suffer the heat with minimal or no air conditioning. It’s true, the summer months usually mean that energy bills spike when we need to stay cool the most, and homes in southern climes like Austin apartments or Phoenix apartments might be especially prone to high bills as the summer wears on. If you’re sweating out the summer in a simmering apartment, worry no more. It’s not too late to turn your summer around and cool down while keeping your apartment’s energy bill low with these tips from ApartmentSearch.
Optimize Your Thermostat
Adjusting your apartment’s thermostat is one of the easiest things you can do to save money and keep your apartment cool during the summer. The ideal thermostat to have in your apartment is one that’s programmable. If you don’t have one, consider installing one with the go-ahead from your apartment’s landlord. Then follow these easy guidelines to automatically or manually optimize the way your air conditioning runs:
- Turn up your thermostat at night. It doesn’t have to be much, but raising your apartment’s temperature slightly while the sun is down can make a big difference over time.
- You should also turn the temperature up when you leave your apartment. You might not want to turn the air off completely, especially if you have pets, but there’s certainly no reason to keep the air going at full blast when you’re not around to enjoy it.
- Try setting your thermostat at 78 degrees. For many apartments, that is the optimal temperature that allows the air conditioner to cool the apartment without working too hard.
Rethink Your Furniture
Move your furniture so that nothing is blocking the flow of air from your A/C vents to the rest of your apartment. You might be cooling the back of a couch when you could be cooling the people sitting on it, instead!
Turn on the Fan
While box fans and ceiling fans may provide minimal cooling, they use less energy than your A/C, and can be very beneficial when it comes to circulating the already-cooled air in your apartment.
Watch Your Windows
Closing your apartment’s drapes and blinds, especially while you’re away, can really make a difference in how hard your air conditioner needs to work to cool your home. Do so both when you leave your apartment, and when the sun comes in directly through your apartment’s windows.
Put in a Maintenance Request
If you don’t think your apartment’s air conditioning is working as it should, don’t hesitate to ask your apartment to check that it’s in good working order. Servicing the ducts, filters, or compressor might make a big difference in the effectiveness of your A/C.
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Lower Your Water Bill With These Tips
A water bill can easily drip away your hard-earned savings if you’re not paying attention. Saving on your water bill isn’t just the green living thing to do; it also saves you money. Reducing your water usage can be simple and painless.
Unlike your electric bill, gas bill or trash bill, your water bill can silently leak away dollars for years and even months without causing obvious problems. A runaway water bill also can cause serious problems for your apartment manager because water leaks can destroy many features of your apartment and possibly cause the growth of dangerous molds.
In short, be aware of your water bill and take some steps to reduce your water usage. Your wallet will thank you for it.
Water Bill Tips
Ready to get saving? Here’s how:
- Check for a toilet leak. Put a little bit of dye or food coloring in the toilet tank and come back in a half-hour. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a toilet leak that is literally flushing water down the drain. To reduce the drain on your water bill, fix the leak or talk to apartment maintenance. Many toilet repairs are easy and inexpensive. Often the problem is just an ill-fitting rubber flapper. If you think your flapper might be killing your water bill, just turn off the water supply valve for the toilet and take the old flapper to your local home improvement store.
- Beef up your toilet tank. If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, reduce the amount of water you use for each flush by weighing down a few drinking water bottles and putting them in the tank. If you have at least three gallons in the tank (as opposed to four or five), you’ll get clean flushes and save water and money on every flush.
- Use low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. These handy water-saving devices maintain the pressure of your water outlets while using less water to do it. An aerator can really make a huge difference to your water bill. Some water utility companies will give you these parts for free – call the number on your water bill and ask.
- Take shorter showers. Not only will quicker showers save on your water bill, but they’ll reduce the amount you spend on gas or electricity to heat that water. You can try turning the water off while soaping up and turning it back on to rinse.
- Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. Your water bill takes a dousing when you blast water while brushing.
- Don’t use your toilet as a trashcan. Reduce your water bill charges by using your bathroom trashcan for tissues, cigarette butts and other trash.
- Don’t use running water on a razor. After you shave, just pour some water in a cup and stir vigorously to clean the razor. Opening the taps on your razor is a good way to run up your bill.
- Only run laundry and the dishwasher when you have a full load. Many small loads hit your water bill – and your electric/gas bill, because of the energy needed to heat water – a lot harder than a handful of big loads.
- When you rinse dishes, don’t leave the tap open. Instead, fill a sink basin or plastic basin with rinse water. If you don’t have the space, just put the soapy dishes on a dish rack and then rinse them with a spray hose or pan full of water.
How Much Daily Wear Do You Put On Your Water Bill?
A gallon is a fair amount of water. If you had to drink a gallon in an hour, you probably would have trouble doing it. So how much water do you use in a typical day? Ten gallons? Fifteen? If you’re like the average North American, statistics say that you use fifty to seventy gallons every single day.
Most of that water bill abuse happens in the bathroom – about 75%. The toilet itself runs up 28% of water bill damage.
It doesn’t take much to get your water bill under control. Try these tips – hopefully your next water bill will bring good news!