why is my electric bill so high apartment

So, you ve moved most of your stuff out of your parents place, and after all the hassle, drama, and unexpected expenses, you re finally settling into your first, very own apartment. That means you ll be paying your own electricity bills. AAAAAAA!!!!!!!! While there s no need to panic, your energy habits do affect your monthly bill. While nobody s habits are exactly the same, let s look at the most common ways you can start saving energy. Individually, these examples don t offer huge savings, BUT the combination of all of them can really help you save money. 1) Use Energy-Efficient Light bulbs When you first moved in, the previous tenant may have left incandescent bulbs in all the lights. The first thing you want to do is to swap these out for energy saving bulbs. Sure, incandescent bulbs are cheaper compared to energy efficient bulbs BUT incandescent bulbs have shorter life and cost more to use. Replace those lights you use the most with
since these use less electricity. 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. And when you move out,Pyou can always swap back in the incandescent bulbs and take the energy efficient bulbs with you (saving even more money). 2) Replace the Air Filter Every Three Months. If you are paying for your own heat and air conditioning, a dirty air filter will add to the expense.

Air filters are made from different materials in different thicknesses and sizes. These factors effect their MERV which are rated 1-13. You can use inexpensive cardboard and spun fiberglass filters (MERV 1-4) to clean large particulates. Better ones (MERV 5-7) will cost a little more but they also filter the air better and may help reduce chances for illness or allergies. 3) Adjust Your Water HeaterP Most water heaters are merely large tanks designed to keep water at a set temperature whether you are using it or not. Not all apartments have their own water heater but if you do, consider that your water heater might be heating up water when no one is at home. A good tip is to turn your water heater temperature down during the day when you are out and then turn it back up to 120`F to heat water over night. Depending on where your water is situated, an inexpensive water heater jacket can also help reduce your heating costs. 4) Use Smart Power Strips turn completely off after a set period of time. That means anything connected to them, like TVs, game consoles, routers, cable boxes, and other things that use stand-by power when they are switched off, will be completely turned off. 5) Turn Off the Ceiling Fan and Lights when You Leave the House Many people believe that. The truth is that they do neither.

They just help circulate heated or cooled air and make the room feel more comfortable. So, if you re not there why keep it running? Similarly, remembering to switch off the lights when you leave a room reduces you usage as well. 6) Follow these Kitchen TipsP Cooking creates lots of heat, and in the summer, that can pile on to your apartment s heat load and raise your air conditioning costs. Use the microwave to heat liquids rather than the stove. It s faster and uses less electricity. A 350`F oven is even. Bake at night when it s cooler outside. Then you can open some windows and use a fan to blow out the heat until you re finished. Dishwashers mainly use electricity to heat water and for drying. By running your dishwasher only at night, it reduces your AC s heat load. Plus, you can also reduce the energy use by turning off the heated dry and leaving the door propped open right after it s done washing. The hot dishes will quickly air dry. 7) Wash Clothes in Large Loads Since most detergents now dissolve in cold water, you can reduce the amount of hot water you use. 8) Replace the Mechanical Thermostat can help you reduce your heating and cooling bills by setting back temperatures while you sleep and while you are away at work. Smart thermostats give you even more flexibility and a means of seeing what temperatures work best for your apartment. Some lease agreements will let you install your own thermostat as long as you remember to swap-back in the old one when you move out.

There s really no need to fear your electricity bills when you get your first apartment. This should be a new and exciting time in your life! Use these 8 great tips to reduce your energy usage now, and the savings and habits will carry forth into the future! Want to save even more? Sign up for anP Pwith Direct Energy and you ll get the tools you need to track your usage and stay energy efficient. hey guys, Thanks for checking out my issue. As the title state, I am having an insanely high electric bill. The way I live is just like my previous apartments and previous roomates. Those being: The home is empty 50% of the time. Most of the time when we are home we are either sleeping or hanging out around the same computer/tv together. I take cold showers, roomates take like 5 min hot showers on very poor pressure shower heads. We do cook, but not all that much, no more than usual. What's the temp of your hot water heater? Just because you take cold showers doesn't mean your hot water heater isn't heating water on and off all day long. The higher the temp, the more electric you're burning. All energy efficient light bulbs/fixtures that are barely on. We don't use dishwasher. Our A/C is set to at average 78* (live in FL) windows closed and off regularly.

We also close the doors to each room to help circulate the air efficiently. Is your AC working properly? Is it keeping the unit within 2 degrees of the set temp? I'm in S Fla and it's hot as hell now. it was 97 yesterday and my unit was at 80 for several hours because it's just so hot. (ac is set at 78, with blinds closed to block the sun) Keep all the door open. you're trapping the warmer air and making the unit warmer. If your AC isn't keeping your unit within 2-3 degree (at the hottest part of the day) have them some and service your unit. The older the unit, the more electric it will use. They will not replace the unit just because you're getting high electric bills. the unit has to be dead in order for it to be replaced. So an example, my co-worker who lives here in same size apt and clearly uses more electricity, has a bill of $120-150 max, my neighbor same size apt use no more than $150 also. mine? just shy of $250 for first full month. $70 for the first 8 days pro-rated, of which the apt was not moved into until the 3rd day, so technically $70 for the first 5 days. My electric bill before was also about $120-150 but I used a lot more. I can't understand, and the maintenance people are seemingly so puzzled, that I have to try and solve this myself. Any clues or tips on how to overcome this would be so appreciated. Thanks!

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