Noticing your electric bill creeping up in recent months? There are easy (and even free!) ways to help keep you cool in your apartment without donating arms and legs to the electric company. Take a look at these 5 tips we came up with to help you save on your electric bill this month:
Close the blinds or curtains, or both.
Natural light is important to people, especially when their living quarters sway on the small side, but shutting out the sun can help reduce the heat in your apartment by 35%. Take it a step further and purchase , they’re not too expensive and have decent styles.
Program your thermostat at a higher temperature while you’re away.
If no one’s in the apartment from 8:00am-5:00pm, why bother cooling the space? Have it programmed to drop again about half an hour before you typically arrive home and you’ll be chilling again before dinner.
Leave the temp a little higher, and buy a couple of fans.
But they don’t have to be those obnoxious, ugly box fans. Dyson makes that blow a good breeze, but if you’re not willing to shell out the dough, make products that are just a sleek and still cool you off.
Leave the temp a little higher, and wear less or lighter clothing
It’s a no-brainer to simply wear less and shorter layers in the summer months, but also consider the fabric of choice. Cotton is more breathable than polyester or nylon, so ditch the yoga pants while binging Netflix on the couch. Or go naked. We won’t judge.
Take advantage of cool nights
Keep an eye on the weather and if you see it’s supposed to drop under 70 at night, open up the windows and turn off the A/C. The fresh air will do you some good, too.