What are some things I can do to lower the cost of my electricity bill at my UCF apartment?

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Northgate Lakes is right across the street from UCF's Spectrum Stadium. It is an all-inclusive apartment with internet, cable, and utilities included in rent and consists of many green efforts, such as energy-efficient A/C and energy star appliances.

Like most people right now, you may be noticing that prices of everything seem to be going up, from groceries to gas and all everyday use items. As a college student in Orlando, you may be working with a very tight budget and trying to save money where you can. This brings us to ideas on lowering the cost of your electricity bill at your University of Central Florida apartment.

Ways You Can Save:

If you are not a fan of the unknown and the fluctuating electric bill causes you unneeded stress every month, you may want to look into an all-inclusive UCF apartment where internet, cable, and utilities is included in one monthly payment.

Another item you may consider when searching for off campus housing near UCF while trying to save on the electric bill is the size of an apartment. The smaller the apartment, the less space to keep cool. Maybe look to downsize or try a 1-bedroom apartment to start.

Search for energy-efficient apartments in the Orlando area by their green efforts such as energy-efficient A/C, programmable thermostat, low energy lighting used, or energy star appliances, to name a few options.

Ceiling fans are a must in Florida. They keep the air circulating, making the room feel cooler and offering substantial energy savings. To find an Orlando apartment with ceiling fans, look under the finishes listed under apartment interiors in the search option and select ceiling fan in the bedroom and ceiling fan in the living room.

If your UCF apartment includes a washer and dryer, plan to lessen the loads, maybe only do laundry once or twice a week. Use cold water instead of warm water for the wash. Do a full load when possible, lower heat settings on the dryer, and always clean the lint filter. Maybe hang some items to air dry instead of utilizing the dryer. If permitted, hang clothes on your patio, and if not, the bathroom may work.

Spend more time outdoors. Maybe this includes your apartment pool. Try to grill more. Grilling uses less energy, and it is not in your apartment. Search under community features in community amenities for community BBQ Grill or Outdoor Kitchen.

Now here are things to try in any Orlando apartment.

Whether you are a University of Central Florida student or a working professional living in affordable housing in Orlando, turn up the thermostat a few degrees while you are out of your apartment. You will be surprised how many hours you are gone, and your air conditioning may be working overtime while you are away. Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees is a good idea, and many turn the thermostat back down upon arrival or at night while sleeping.

Use blinds or curtains during the day to block the sun.

Turn your lights off when you leave a room or when not in use.

Check with your utility company to see if they have any rebates or conservation tips to try. You can find Orlando apartment electric companies listed here.

Orlando gets warm during the summer months and keeping cool can be a challenge. Creative ways to stay cool from this list or even as simple as drinking more water or finding a favorite spot such as Frozen Nitrogen Ice Cream for a cool treat will keep the pressure off your air conditioner. We hope these ideas help you save on your electric bill at your apartment near UCF.

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