The South Georgia heat is in full swing and so are summer power rates! Even though you have $30 each month to help cover water and electric bills, the increased summer rates mean you’re more likely to have overages. Here are 10 things you and your roomies can do to cut down on power and water usage now (and throughout the year):
- Adjust the thermostat 5 degrees warmer when you’re not in your apartment. Your AC won’t have to work as hard during the peak midday temps.
- Close your blinds and curtains. The extra sunlight heats up your room, causing the AC to run more frequently.
- Use your stovetop and microwave for small meals. Save the oven for larger meals, since it uses so much more power to heat up.
- Switch out your bulbs for LED lights. You can get a 4-pack for as low as $5 at Wal-Mart and they use way less energy than traditional bulbs!
- Unplug anything you aren’t using. It’s a hard habit to start, but it’ll save you over the course of a year since appliances constantly use small amounts of electricity (even if they’re not turned on).
- Wash your clothes in cold water. They’ll get just as clean, plus your colors will stay vibrant for longer and your clothes will be less likely to shrink. Turn off the extra rinse for bonus savings!
- Get some dryer balls. They increase airflow between your clothes, allowing your dryer to work more efficiently. Better yet, air dry your clothes on a folding rack and skip the dryer altogether!
- Use your dishwasher instead of washing by hand. Run a full load and set the machine to air dry. You’ll use less water than handwashing, plus your power usage will stay low.
Get back to the basics!
- Turn off your lights. When you leave a room, make it a habit to flip the lights off, especially if you know you’re going to be gone for a long time.
- Turn off the tap. While you shave, brush your teeth, or lather up, cut off the faucet until you need to rinse up. Shortening your shower time by a couple minutes helps as well.