While there isn’t any magic bullet that will allow you to save a metric ton on your monthly bills, there are several simple projects you can undertake to reduce your bills, little by little. You’ve probably already outfitted your Washington apartment with energy-efficient light bulbs, but have you considered upgrading once more to LED lighting? What about the air filters in your apartment. Have you changed them since you moved into the residence?
Direct Energy shares:
“A 13-watt CFL puts out as much light (in lumens) as a 60 watt incandescent bulb. CFLs last much longer, and LED bulbs even longer than that…. If you are paying for your own heat and air conditioning, a dirty air filter will add to the expense.”
Here are some projects you may wish to undertake to reduce the bills you have in your Renton apartment home.
Take a Look at the Water Heater
If you already take brief showers and fill your dishwasher completely before using it, good for you! Those water-saving techniques can help you save water with each day. If you live in a luxury apartment home or one that was recently built, you might also have access to a low-flow or water-efficient toilet, as well as other devices in the home (like water-saving fixtures) that help you save water and energy without even trying.
However, one area where many apartment dwellers, as well as the majority of single-family home owners, are deficient in their savings is with the water heater. Some apartments have individual water heaters that serve each apartment, and you may wish to turn the temperature down a bit to save money on the energy used to heat the water.
Many water heaters will sit with the hot water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s often not necessary to set the water heater over about 120 degrees. Lowering the temperature of the water heater can save you money because the apparatus doesn’t need to heat the water as much as it might with a higher temperature.
Tip: Take a look at your appliances and make sure they don’t have minimum recommendations for heated water (newish dishwashers and clothing washers sometimes have temperature guidelines). Lower your thermostat as much as you can while still retaining a comfortable level of heated water for your showers and washing.
Consider Using the Microwave for Small Jobs
You may feel like a chef with your own gourmet kitchen when you use the stove in your apartment, but the microwave can save you money on electricity (or gas, if your apartment features it). If you’re heating up an entire kettle of water on the stove just to have a cup of tea, you might think about putting a cup of water in the microwave instead the next time.
Similarly, rather than heating up the entire oven to reheat a slice of pizza, get a toaster oven and heat it up in about thirty seconds. The microwave usually makes things pretty mushy, but that doesn’t mean your pizza and other leftovers must go into the oven. A toaster oven is fast and efficient, and using it can save you money, as well as reduce the heat created in your apartment.
Apartments often come with the basics – a refrigerator, stove, and microwave – but they don’t always have a toaster oven. A brand new toaster oven only costs about $20 from any big box or department store, and you can even find free toaster ovens online through Craigslist.
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