Making simple changes to your everyday routine can significantly decrease the costs of heating and electricity in your home. Despite an El Niño year, with the warmer weather and capricious shifts, it is always helpful to have some energy saving tips on hand.  If you haven’t already, you can request an energy audit and find out where and how you can save the most. Whether you rent or own your home, take these simple steps to help keep more money in your pocket.

Here are a few strategies to help you stay warm while still keeping the ConEd bill low, no matter the size of your apartment:

1.       Lower Your Water Heating Costs by turning down the temperature to 120 degrees.  It will not only help you save, but also protect your hands from sudden scalding.

2.      Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to take advantage of heat from the sun.  There is no better way to heat up than with sunlight!

3.       Turn down the thermostat – By turning it down just 3 degrees, you can save hundreds of dollars a year.  You won’t really notice the difference in temperature, but you will notice the savings on the bill.

4.       Unplug – Always unplug when not using devices! IPhone chargers, electric kettles, curling irons need their breaks too and this will prevent that “phantom drain.”

5.       Choose cold water – for laundry, of course!  Washing clothes in cold water can not only help lower energy usage, but also help keep color.

6.       Check your bill –  Always pay attention to your usage and monitor your activity closely. Don’t assume your bill will be the same every month.

Now that you have the knowledge to lower your electricity and heating bills in any apartment, it may be time for an upgrade to a new neighborhood or larger unit. Contact our team oflicensed real estate experts to help you not only save money on utilities, but also sell your current apartment or find a new home.