Ahhhh, bills. You love them and you hate them. Wait, maybe just the latter. While there isn’t a way for you to be able to avoid paying bills at all, you can take some deliberate steps towards lowering your West Chester apartment utility bills. In today’s blog post your local apartment complex, The Lakes At West Chester Village will be discussing a few of our favorite tips and tricks that can be used to lower the utility bill for your apartment or townhome.
Adjust And Lower Your Thermostat
While we know that this is a widely known (and fairly obvious) way to lower your utility costs, we just had to reiterate it. Even lowering your thermostat by a few degrees can make a huge impact on your utility bill, all while being hardly noticeable in your West Chester rental unit. Additionally, it might be beneficial to see if your thermostat has a programmable time setting so that you can predetermine when the unit is turned down.
Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
While it might seem a little expensive to change all of the lightbulbs in your West Chester apartment, you will likely end up saving money in the long run. Lighting in your West Chester unit can account for an average of 5-10% of your total energy usage, so replacing old outdated bulbs with newer LED bulbs can make much more of a difference than you might think.
Check Your HVAC System Often
While yes, you live in an apartment and you feel like this is something you shouldn’t have to do, regularly checking the filter to your apartment’s HVAC system can do wonders for your utility bill. At The Lakes, At West Chester Village we take care of the main HVAC system, and we make sure to do a good job of it, but dirt and other airborne substances will get trapped in the filter over time — making your HVAC system work twice as hard. Simply check on your air filter every couple of months and watch your utility bills shrink.
Buy A New Shower Head
Is your water bill so high that it’s got you down? One of the largest water wastes that we hear about here at the Lakes At West Chester Village is when people run their shower for five minutes before they get in while they wait for the water to get to their preferred temperature. A perfect solution to this is to get a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads can be found just about anywhere and are a cheap addition to your shower that will save you big in the long run.
Unplug Items When They Are Not Being Used
Something that people often forget about is the fact that appliances use energy even when you are not using them — and a lot of it. It is likely that millions of dollars are lost every single year due to items and appliances that are plugged in and using “standby” power. Some new items are programmed to turn off completely after a period of inactivity, but to be safe we recommend using powerstrips so that you can easily “unplug” multiple items and appliances with ease.
Wash Your Clothes In Large Loads
Washing machine usage is an excellent way to cut down on your electricity and water bills because unlike other appliances in your West Chester apartments, washing machines use both electricity and water simultaneously. By simply cutting back on how often you use the washing machine by washing larger loads, you will see huge improvements in your utility bills.
Save Money With Us At The Lakes At West Chester Village
Are you currently looking at apartments in West Chester? Have you visited us yet? If you haven’t, we urge you to stop by and check out our beautiful community of townhomes and apartments for rent. We offer our residents unmatched amenities ranging from a dog park to a five-mile walking trail to complimentary movie rentals. Additionally, our apartments and townhomes in West Chester, Ohio are centrally located between some of the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment that our wonderful little township has to offer.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule a tour!