Your Energy Bill
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 13:09
Every college student has a multitude of expenses. Many of those expenses are things we would rather not use our hard-earned money for… like toilet paper, laundry detergent or gasoline.
However, one of the most hated ways many college students dread spending their George Washingtons on is the monthly energy bill.
The extreme weather the state of North Dakota sees throughout the year, from hot and humid summers to the sub-zero temperatures of the winter, adds an even greater challenge to this month-to-month battle with the trusty old thermostat.
It’s easy to keep the costs associated with energy down, so no need to sweat it or get cold feet!
In order to lower your monthly energy bill it is important to follow a few helpful tips.
Stop wasting. Look for areas in your apartment or home where you might be losing heat or cold air. If you find areas that might be allowing heating or cooling to escape, notify your landlord immediately to have the problem fixed.
Rearrange your furniture. To increase the efficiency of your heating or cooling system, arrange your furniture in a way that will not block heat or cool air.
Bundle up. When temperatures begin to drop, wear warmer clothing and add more blankets. Bundling up will help to keep you warm without having to hike up your energy bill.
Turn down your heat. By turning down the temperature of your home or apartment, it will help to save on your energy bill overall.
Open a window. As fall rolls in, the temperatures typically drop in the evening. If you have a tendency to get warm, open your window and run a fan in your bedroom. The Fargo wind alone can work as a natural air conditioner!
Unplug it. Make sure to unplug household appliances like TVs, toasters and radios when not using them in order to save money on your energy bill.
Hit the switch. Make sure to always turn off lights when leaving a room. Leaving lights on is an easy way to jack up monthly energy costs. In addition, try to use smaller lamps and natural light when available.
Wrap it up. An easy fix for keeping heat in during the winter months is to use window wrap on all windows in your home or apartment. The wrap can be bought at most home-improvement stores and will save you money in the long run.