We’re all looking for ways to cut costs and save money. According to Numbeo, the average price of utilities, including electricity, heating, cooling, water and garbage, in Chicago costs $163.52 per month for a 915 square foot apartment. However, there are small habits you can build into your day-to-day life that will add up to save you money in the long run.
Switch to LED Bulbs
LED bulbs use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 times longer. Not only will switching your bulbs save you money on your energy bill, but you will also save money by replacing bulbs less frequently.
Unplug Electronic Devices or Appliances
Electronic devices and appliances continue to use a small amount of energy even when they are plugged in, even if they’re not in use. Either unplug them or use a power strip that you can turn off to avoid spending additional money when these items are not in use.
Open Air Vents & Keep Them Clear
It may seem obvious, but when you turn on your air conditioning for the first time in the summer, check all of your vents to make sure they are open and air is moving through them. Also, it’s important to ensure no large pieces of furniture or other items are in front of your vents. These changes will help your air conditioner work less, thus saving you money!
Replace Your Filters
When your filters are full of hair, dust and dirt, your heating and cooling units have to work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. Keep your heating and air conditioning units running efficiently by replacing the filters quarterly.
Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water
Running cold water costs less than using warm or hot water, so switch your settings when you throw in a load of laundry!
Air Dry Your Laundry
Speaking of laundry, try air drying your clothes after a wash instead of using the dryer!
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
If it’s not hot enough to turn on the air conditioning, but you want to cool down a room, utilize your ceiling fan! Fans can cool your room down by 10 degrees and use a fraction of the energy your air conditioning unit would.
By implementing these simple changes, you can save money on your utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint, which is a win-win for both your wallet and the environment!