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Lower Utility Bills with These Hacks

Lower Utility Bills with These Hacks

Utilities Utility bills can sneak up on you and really put a dent in your wallet. You may think you’re being diligent in saving energy, but there are many things you don’t even realize that cost money. If you want to know how to lower your electric bill, it’s important to keep in mind that even small changes and updates can make a big difference in both your wallet and the environment.

Nightly Energy Sweep

Conducting a quick energy sweep every night is a great, effective way to save on your utility bills. You would be surprised just how many energy-sucking appliances we forget to turn off each night. Be sure to turn off all the lights and every fan (if it’s not so hot that a fan is absolutely necessary). Turn off all electrical devices, such as televisions, computers, laptops and video game consoles. Also, be sure to unplug your cable box. Even if it’s turned off, simply leaving it plugged in could cost you a lot of extra money in energy bills.

Replace Your Bulbs

A great way to save on your utility bill is to replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. This might feel like an expensive investment, but it will save you money in the long run. Just one incandescent bulb costs as much as operating six to ten fluorescent bulbs. On top of that, fluorescent bulbs last 10 times longer than incandescent.

Reduce Natural Heat

Finding simple ways to cool your apartment down will save on air conditioning costs. For instance, lowering the blinds or closing the curtains on the sunnier side of your living space will help keep it cool throughout hotter days. Darker colors absorb heat and make everything a lot hotter, and painting the roof a light color is a great way to offset the heat.

Different Temps for Different Times

It’s tempting to just always keep your thermostat at the same, steady temperature, but that can rack up your utility bill big time. When you’re sleeping or at work, turn your air conditioner up so it doesn’t automatically click on as much. The same can be done for your heater during the winter. Changing the temperature can save you up to a $100 a year.

Stay Vigilant

The best thing you can do when it comes to saving on your utility bill is always aware and alert. Make sure you turn off electronic devices and lights when you’re not using them, use electronics as sparingly as you possibly can, and always stay on top of it.

No matter what your situation, utility bills are unavoidable. However, there are ways to help keep them at bay! For more information about our apartments in Stamford, Branford, and Norwalk, or for more details on how to save money this summer, visit www.ctbestapts.com or call Desiree at (203) 223-1665.

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