Very few people would pass up the opportunity to save money from month to month by finding the best homeowners insurance at the best rate or cutting spending costs. Whether you’re saving up for a dream vacation or need extra funds for a birthday gift, finding ways to cut down on expenses can make a difference. This year, consider focusing on your utility bill. Although these essential expenses seem endless, there are effective methods of reducing your monthly bills to better enjoy your luxury apartment.
1. Weather Strip Your Doors and Windows
Most people don’t realize how much air can leak out of their homes. If you feel a draft coming in through your doors and windows, you’re allowing cool air in and hot air out during cool months. Weatherstripping is an inexpensive way to keep outdoor air out and heated air in. Once you complete this DIY-friendly project, you should see a difference in your monthly energy bill.
2. Insulate Outlets and Light Switches
It’s not just windows and doors that leak energy. Outlets and switches can also be a source of air leaks, especially when they’re on outside walls. Resolve this issue by adding insulation. Be sure you get a specialized outlet and switch plate seals. Using this insulation specifically made for outlets reduces the risk of fire.
3. Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
A solution to an expensive water-bill could be in your shower. Many standard showerheads put out 4 to 5 gallons of water per minute. However, low-flow showerheads are designed to put out less than 2 gallons. The best part? Many models still offer great water pressure, still allowing you to enjoy your morning or evening soak.
4. Wash Clothes in Cold Water
If you have a laundry unit in your home or apartment you’ll want to take note. Believe it or not, 90 percent of the energy your washer uses goes into heating the water. Alternatively, when you use cold water you’re only using energy to run the machine. With American families doing an estimated 400 loads of laundry per year, you’re bound to save money on your energy bill.
5. Utilize Dish Washer Strategy
Your dishwasher is another appliance that uses a lot of energy each month. Therefore, strategically using your dishwasher will save you money in the long run. First, you’ll want to start packing every load if you don’t already. Running a half load is a waste. You can also turn off the manual “heat dry,” which lets your dishes air dry. Additionally, consider what you’re using your dishwasher for. Large pots, pans, and dishes take up a lot of room. Washing them by hand allows you to use the appliance less overall.
6. Buy ENERGY STAR Appliances
It’s not just how you use your appliances. What appliances you’re using impacts your energy bill as well. ENERGY STAR-rated appliances use a fraction of the energy of non-rated appliances. While these energy-saving appliances may cost a little more, you’ll earn the money back long term.
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