These Fort Wayne summers can get unbearably hot.
With temperatures regularly in the mid-80s and 90s the past month, it’s become a full-time job trying to stay cool. Air conditioning helps, but running your a/c at a lower temperature all day can really affect your electricity bill.
Today, we’re going to discuss how to keep your electric bill low without heating up your apartment. Being comfortable is great, but so is saving money and if you want to have your cake and eat it too, then check out these tips to help you stay cool while keeping your electricity bill low.
1. Blackout Blinds or Curtains
One of the reasons apartments and houses get so hot is because of our desire for as many windows as possible. They’re great during the winter, but that same sunlight is heating your place up and causing your AC unit to work harder in the summer.
When you’re wondering how to keep your electric bill low in an apartment, the first thing you can do is get some blackout blinds or curtains.
As you leave for work in the morning, pull down the blackout blinds or close the blackout curtains so the sunlight (and heat) won’t get in and you won’t come home to a scorching hot apartment.
2. Keep the Windows Open at Night
If you want to avoid using your air conditioner, you can try keeping your windows open in the evening to cool down your house. So many people just resort to turning the A/C on 24/7, but you can save a lot of money by simply opening your windows once the sun goes down and the weather cools.
A lot of people have differing opinions on whether it’s better to keep your windows open or closed when it’s hot, but it’s quite simple. If the outside temperature is cooler than your apartment, then open them.
3. Cooking in Moderation
When you’re already dealing with the summer heat’s effects on your apartment, throwing a hot oven or stove into the equation is only going to make matters worse.
Obviously, this is a lifestyle decision, but making a concerted effort to reduce the number of meals that require the oven will lower your electricity bill on multiple levels.
Instead, opt for no-cook meals that leave you feeling cooler like salads, buddha bowls, deli sandwiches, and cold soups.
4. Utilizing Your Ceiling Fans
If you’ve got ceiling fans in your apartment or house, then use them.
Most people neglect their ceiling fans because they don’t get the instant gratification that a normal fan or an AC unit provides. However, keeping your ceiling fans running is going to help circulate the air more effectively throughout the house and keep it cooler in the heat.
Now You Know How to Keep Your Electric Bill Low
Learning how to keep your electric bill low in the high temperatures isn’t easy, but follow these tips and you’ll be able to stay cool.
At Poplar Ridge Apartments, we take our tenants’ comfort very seriously, which is why we have central air in all of our units, in addition to countless other amazing amenities.
Visit our page today to download an application and learn more about what living at Poplar Ridge means for you.