Today is the day, my friend: the day you finally make sense of the average electric bill for an apartment. Why? Because…
But also because… who wants to spend more than they have to on electricity?
So, let’s do this. Let’s break down what determines the average electric bill for an apartment and go over some tips for how you can start paying below that average.
How much is the average electric bill for an apartment?
The average electric bill for a two-bedroom apartment is around $75 a month. If you are currently living in an apartment and your electricity costs are higher than the norm, then ask yourself whether any of these factors apply to your situation:
- Do you live in an apartment that has more than 2 bedrooms?
- Do you live with more than 2 people?
- Do you live in an area that experiences extreme temperatures during the winter or summer months?
- Do you use a lot of gadgets?
- Is your apartment poorly insulated?
If even one of those factors applies to you, you can expect to pay a little more for your electricity bill.
Does this mean you have to kick out Aunt Becky to lower your electricity bill?
Or move to a new state?
Nope. There are better ways to take control of your electric bill.
Tips for lowering the average electric bill in your apartment
Choose your electricity plan and supplier wisely
When’s the last time you did a little digging around for a better electricity company than the one you have? The energy industry is changing quickly, and there is probably a new company or plan out there that better aligns with your priorities and your paycheck.
There are four big things to be aware of when browsing for a new electric company:
- Base charges
- The type(s) of energy your plan supports
Beware of difficult-to-understand contracts that are full of jargon! Those types of plans tend to snag customers with low rates but then hit you with higher base charges that were buried in the confusing contract.
And if you’re concerned about your energy footprint, very few of those contracts offset your energy use with 100% renewable energy.
Then there’s the LifeEnergy’s MyLife Plan plan. All you have to do is enter your zip code, select whether you live in an apartment or house, input the number of bedrooms you have, et voilà, MyLife presents you with a quote for a personalized, 100% renewable LifeEnergy plan with competitive rates and base charges that won’t blow your budget.
Invest in energy-saving products
The more automated the tools you use to save are, the more likely you are to save. The following technologies have been shown to reduce energy costs over time.
- Smart thermostats like the Nest, which you can program in advance and from afar.
- Smart power strips like TrickleStar, which cut down on the “standby power” — electricity used by your plugged-in devices when they’re not in use.
- LED lights, which use 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent lights.
- Air filters, which help your A/C run efficiently. You can now get Amazon to automatically ship these to you when it’s time for a replacement.
Make some small life changes
If you don’t have the extra cash on-hand to invest in a smart thermostat or a whole new set of lightbulbs, never fear. There’s still plenty you can do to lower the average electric bill in your apartment without having to reach for your wallet.
- Turn off and unplug devices when they aren’t in use. Yes, this really can save you a chunk of change if you’re consistent about it — around $100 a year.
- Channel your inner-European and forego drying your clothes in the dryer. A drying rack works just as well and can even increase the longevity of your wardrobe.
- If you can’t live without using your dryer, try to use and other “warming” devices, like your oven, when it’s cooler outside. In the winter, leave the doors to these machines open after they’ve been used to reduce your heat costs.
- Take shorter showers. It will help minimize the cost of heating up your water.
- In the winter, set your thermostat a few degrees cooler and opt for extra layers. In the summer, do the opposite.
- Read up on other seasonal tricks, like our blogs on how to lower your electricity bill in winter and determining the best temperature for your heater in winter.
LifeEnergy is far from average. Just like you.
You did it! You’ve now come to a solid understanding of what makes up the average electric bill for an apartment.
Your mom is crying tears of pride. Your bank account is crying tears of relief. The previous tenants of your apartment are crying tears of jealousy.
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