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Old 10-06-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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This is my second month in this apartment and the electricity bill keeps going up. It seems that for August 22 to September 21 I used 670 kilowatts of electricity. Last month was 520, but it was not for a full month only 21 days and the bill was $73.24 dollars. I imagine a big part was having the AC on which my folks wanted me to do because it go so hot when they visited. But I left it on when I left the apartment to keep it cool. Also I think another problem is that the bathroom and kitchen get so dark at night I turn on lights. Maybe I use lights too much and even with changing light bulbs it is not enough. Also the stove is electric and the fridge runs all day, So what should I do to lower it? It is a 1 bedroom around 630FT apartment in Kansas City in the suburb of Lenexa. I hope the winter bills won't be this high with Gas. I keep hearing about people paying $30 to 60 dollars per month on a non-payment plan. I need some help on usage.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I keep a night light in my bathroom.....since most trips to the bathroom don't require any more light than that.....if you know what I mean.

A night light in the kitchen might save a bit of electricity too.....you don't need a lot of light when you run into the kitchen just to get a snack out of the fridge or grab a bag of chips and a pop.

{My outdoor security light shines into my kitchen at night.......so I don't need a night light and I only turn on the kitchen lights if I am actually cooking or cleaning.}
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I imagine a big part was having the AC on...
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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I keep a night light in my bathroom.....since most trips to the bathroom don't require any more light than that.....if you know what I mean.

A night light in the kitchen might save a bit of electricity too.....you don't need a lot of light when you run into the kitchen just to get a snack out of the fridge or grab a bag of chips and a pop.

{My outdoor security light shines into my kitchen at night.......so I don't need a night light and I only turn on the kitchen lights if I am actually cooking or cleaning.}
Good idea.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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yep
I figured that might be a big reason. I should use a fan then.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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You can turn off every light in your apartment for a week and you proably wouldn't affect your bill much to even notice it. But one day of AC and you will. AC is very expensive.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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Turn your computer off if you have a desktop running 24/7. Same with a TV.

A full fridge is more efficient than an empty one, put containers full of water in it to take up any extra space. Or unplug it if you don't use it.

Turn the temperature on your thermostat up while you're not there. (in the winter turn it down)
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Induction Hotplate Super efficient.

GE Electric Induction Cooker - Walmart.com
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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You can turn off every light in your apartment for a week and you proably wouldn't affect your bill much to even notice it. But one day of AC and you will. AC is very expensive.
This is very true, but you can see a small difference if you change out all your bulbs to CFLs.

Your computer and your AC are likely your biggest drains. If you have a very inefficient AC there really won't be much you can do as a renter to mitigate the issue save for using a newer window unit in the apartment's main rooms instead. This is what we do -- last summer we had electric bills as high as $275, so believe me, it could be lots worse.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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Its all about the AC, we have pretty inefficient older house with high ceilings, our highest bill was only like 150 in the summer but we kept the AC at like 80 and had every ceiling fan in the house going.
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