One frustrating reality of housing is how to pay the utility bills. Even in a beautiful rental community that hosts modern apartments, you will still be on the hook for paying the electrical and water bills. However, trash pickup and recycling disposal are often built-into the cost of your rent as a courtesy. In some lease agreements, you may find that you are obliged to keep your utilities active for the duration of your stay. Well, here are some helpful apartment tips for keeping the lights on and the water running!
Switch Off the Lights
Switch off the lights when you leave a room. This rule-of-thumb makes good sense in terms of saving money and energy at the same time. Note, though, that this advice generally applies to incandescent light bulbs, which aren’t as energy-efficient. Remember to turn off the halogen lights, as well. Meanwhile, CFL and LED lights can stay on a bit longer – unless you plan to be away from the room for more than 15 minutes! Go around your apartment and change the lightbulbs – you won’t regret it.
Adjust the Water Heater
Adjusting the water temperature can also decrease the overall utility costs you incur. Consider the water heater’s location – they’re usually more accessible in a standalone single-family home than in an apartment complex. The control knob should be at the bottom of the tank. If the heater is stored in a utility shed, all you can do is fiddle with the temperatures to find one hot enough to shower and do your laundry.
Run Appliances When Full
Some apartment tips are going to be less apparent than others. Take the time to fill up your dishwasher and your laundry washer. That’s because even half-loads in either appliance will take the same amount of power as a full-to-bursting load. Hot water is most useful for your white laundry items, but you should use cold water instead for washing colors. Air drying can also keep your utility costs to a dull roar. Even so, heat dry can work better for thicker pieces such as high-thread-count cotton towels and denim jeans.
Use Thicker Curtains, Shades, and Blinds
Curtains, shades, and blinds offer more insulation. They can also shield your apartment’s interior from prying eyes. The sky’s rude ball can also be minimized to help cut back on screen glare and untimely wake-up calls.
Let Us Welcome You Home to Your Fabulous New Apartment!
Here at Beechtree Apartments, we pride ourselves on providing you with luxurious living and affordable pricing. When you choose one of our fabulous new apartments in Calvert County, Maryland, or Southern Maryland, you can see how modern living meets modern-day conveniences. It’s easy to find us! Visit us at 200 Jenden Way Suite 101, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678. Are you social? Feel free to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! You can also reach us by phone at 443-432-3557!