Saving Money in the Cooler Months
Fall is upon us and the holidays aren’t far behind. This time of year is a great time to start thinking about ways to put away money for holidays, winter vacations, and to boost your savings account. Here are a few ways you can keep more money in your bank account this fall.
As the temperatures begin to drop, heating bills can go up. You can reduce energy consumption by making simple adjustments within your apartment or townhome.
· Schedule an energy audit through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program. One of BGE’s Smart Energy inspectors will provide a one-time walk through of your home and find ways you can save money and reduce energy consumption.
· Reduce your hot water temperature to 120-degrees Fahrenheit. If you need assistance with this, contact the service team.
· Replace lightbulbs around your home with new, efficient LED bulbs.
· During the day, allow sunlight to illuminate your home so you can keep the lights off. Be sure to close your curtains and lower blinds as the sun goes down to keep heat in your home.
· Change your air filters seasonally. Our service team is happy to provide new air filters so your HVAC can run efficiently.
· Turn off all electronics when not in use including computers, printers, cable boxes, and phone chargers. Easily shift everything off by plugging items in to a surge protector and shutting the surge protector off.
· Clean the coils behind your refrigerator (they can get quite dusty) to increase efficiency and keep your refrigerator running smoothly.
· Lower the temperature when you’re heading out for the day and raise it when you return.
Reduce Your Water Usage
· Submit a service request online or call the leasing center if you notice any leaky faucets.
· Take showers instead of baths and keep them to about 5 minutes.
· Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Two minutes of running water is gallons wasted.
· Run the dishwasher and laundry machines only when the loads are full. If you must run a half-load of laundry, be sure to adjust any settings on your washing machine accordingly.
· When thawing frozen food, avoid using running water. Plan ahead and thaw food in the refrigerator instead.
· Use bath towels more than once. Less laundry results in water and energy savings.
Other Fun Ways to Save
· Visit your local library. Instead of buying books, check them out for free at the library. If your branch doesn’t have the title you are interested in, ask if they can request that book from another location. Most will transfer and hold books on request.
· Want to see that new release? Check matinee prices or look online for pre-order discounts. You can save a good amount of money without missing out on the latest box office hit.
· Cook large dinners and take leftovers to lunch for work. Fall-favorite soups are perfect for this as you can make a large pot and have enough left over for several days. Many soups taste better the next day, too!
· Look into bulk grocery buying at places like Sam’s Club or BJ’s. While it may not be worth it for some items that aren’t frequently used, it’s a great place to stock up on paper products, non-perishables, and items you use daily.
· Download the GasBuddy app for your smart phone to scout out the lowest gas prices in the area.
· Subscribe to Groupon and LivingSocial for discounts on events and shopping in the area. Many times you can find things half-off or more!