Q: We live in a small 3 bedroom apartment and I have tried everything to lower our power bill.
We use dryer balls, unplug everything when not in use, line dry clothes, and keep the lights off and we are still paying $260 per month for power. Our lowest bill ever was $200.
I’ve asked (and been laughed at by my apartment management) about an updated hvac unit and double paned windows. I’ve replace the seals on all the windows and outside doors. But nothing is working to lower our bill. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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some electric companies will do a payment plan with you as well. Try calling them and seeing how your meter is being read. because my boyfriend says sometimes they pro-rate it for the year. and to the commenter about having the outside lights sent to someones bill im wondering if that is true for us because my last bill read 971 kwhts. and that was more than the hottest day in the summer when we had the a.c running. with it being winter is gets dark out sooner than summer so the sidewalk lights and door lights and hallway lights come on sooner and stay on longer. i wonder if i unscrewed all the lightbulbs on the sidewalk if our electric will go down :/ lol. but if you are doing everything you can to save and its still that high, call the company.
You may want to check with your electric company. I read where certain apartments/ condos, all the outside lights were being charged to one person’s meters. (instead of the landlord’s) I hope nothing shady is going on but it would be worth it to check.
We used to live in a small 2 bedroom apartment with probably no insulation. We’d have bills higher than utility bills in our 2600 foot house than we owned after the apartment. We tried everything. In the Ed it was the apartment. Maybe try to make sure there isn’t a mix up (call te utility company?) otherwise it just may be an expense. Apartment building aren’t made with tentant’s utility bills in mind, but overall profits for the place. Hugs.
Is everything electric…..no gas? And how big is the apartment…..1000 square feet. It makes a difference if you don’t have balanced power. And I’m thinking the same thing as Debbie, you may be paying for someone elses bill’s.
Oh my goodness…..don’t even get me started! I live in a large, southern city with one utility option…and it’s partially owned by the city! Our electric portion of the bill isn’t too bad, but the water bill is another story. Our water bill usually averages $150 per month. That’s water for the house, sewer and irrigation. We use 7000 to 8000 gallons a month in the house. Not bad for a family of 5. The irrigation infuriates me. There is a base fee of $32 per month for the privilege of having a separate meter that was also purchased for big money. So, 2000 gallons in the yard costs about $46 per month. Let me tell you, 2000 gallons in the yard, in Florida, won’t keep weeds alive. I would love to get rain barrels put around the house and cut the irrigation meter off. Of course, if we later changed our mind, they charge a $150 reconnection fee. I’m sure it will only get worse.
DEBBIE AUEN says
That seems so high and you are doing so many things to save now…..are you sure you are paying for yours only, since this is an apartment? I wonder if something could be mixed up…….we live in a small home built in 1902 and we dont have much insulation(it needs some bad) I am here all day with grandkids and do tons of wash and we are budgeted at 111.00 a month,we dont take near as many steps to conserve as you….I o try to keep things off when we are not using them,have energy bulbs,hang out wash in summer months. When I do hang out the laundry the bill is half that and everything in this house is electric……Good luck……