Whether it’s your New Years resolution or you’re simply looking to save some money, cutting your utility costs is always a good idea! In addition to saving money, using less energy is also beneficial for the environment. It’s a win-win for everyone!
If you’re wondering where to begin when it comes to cutting energy costs, keep reading for a few of our favorite ideas.
1. Cut Phantom EnergyNo, Shaker Run isn’t haunted. Phantom energy comes from appliances and electronics that are plugged in but not being used. Your toaster, coffee maker, TV and computer are all sucking energy even when you’re not actively using them. A simple solution is to use power strips and turn the strip off when you’re not using the items plugged in to it.
2. Use LED LightbulbsYes, LED lightbulbs cost more up front, but they can save you quite a bit in the long run! A typical bulb costs about $8 and uses only 10 Watts. On average they last 25,000 hours, or 23 years! For a quick comparison, using incandescent bulbs for 23 years would cost $201 while using LED bulbs for 23 years would cost $38. That’s quite a difference!
3. Lower the ThermostatGet in the habit of turning down the thermostat before going to bed and before leaving for school or work. There’s no sense in heating an entire apartment for 8+ hours while you and your family are gone for the day.
4. Turn Your Lights OffThis may seem like a no brainer, but when was the last time you looked around and realized that just about every light in your apartment was on? Get in to the habit of turning the lights off as you leave a room.
5. Only Put Cooled Food in the FridgeDo you meal prep or often have leftovers from dinner? Let the food sit on the counter and come to room temperature before you put it in the fridge. Putting hot food in the fridge causes the fridge to work harder to regulate the temperature.
Whether you’re looking for a new apartment or you’re already in the home of your dreams, these tips are sure to save you money each month!