While living in an apartment or rental can be cheaper than owning a home, we often forget about the unseen expenses that come with rentals. While you may not be thinking too much about how you can save money on your electric bill while renting, there are still small steps you can take to saving a few extra dollars a month.
1. Set Your Fridge
Set your fridge temperature at 36-42°, and your freezer at 0°. This will keep your food fresh and safe to eat, while saving you money. Lowering the temperature any further is unnecessary, and can run up your electricity bill.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Going along with setting the temperature of your fridge/freezer, make sure your home is heating and cooling in the most energy efficient way by installing a programmable thermostat. This will take control of your heat and cooling levels, which will reduce your overall energy use, and keep your bills low!
3. Use Power Strips
Think of all of your appliances you leave plugged in: toasters, alarm clocks, lamps, the list goes on and on! Stop your wasteful habits and install a power strip in several rooms throughout your home or apartment. This way, if you are leaving for the day, or know the appliances or electronics don’t need to be used for an extended period of time, you can simply switch the strip off to save $$!
4. Clean Your Dryer!
Not only is lint buildup in your clothes dryer extremely dangerous, but it causes your machine to work inefficiently. By cleaning the lint trap on a regular basis (i.e. every time you use your dryer), you can help get your clothes dryer faster, and keep your monthly electricity bill lower.
5. Hand Wash Those Dishes
Hand washing your dishes is a quick and easy way to save money. When you use the larger appliances in your home or apartment daily, you will see this reflected in your bill. Only run your dishwasher when it is totally full, and start hand washing.