Five tips to help the planet
and your utility bill

“Minimizing your footprint” is a common goal when it comes to the environment, but it can be difficult to know how to start. Whether you live in a dorm, house or apartment, we have tips that will help you make small changes to conserve energy and lower your utility bills.

1. Turn off and unplug unnecessary electronics

This tip might seem obvious, but any computers, cell phones and appliances should be turned off or unplugged when not in use. This is an easy way to save energy and can, in some cases, help lower electricity bills.

2. Use natural light

The sun gifts you with a free source of light every day. Instead of turning on your artificial lights, you can pull back curtains or raise blinds to let its rays reach you inside. Not only will you conserve electricity, but you’ll also boost your mood and serotonin levels thanks to the natural light. Just be sure to close the curtains again at dusk in colder months to keep the heat inside!

3. Wash full loads

It’s all or nothing when it comes to laundry and dishes. Full loads mean fewer loads overall, which helps reduce water consumption and, by extension, your water bill.

4. Take smart showers

Adjusting your shower length and temperature can save you both money and water. While shorter, colder showers might be less enjoyable than long, hot ones, the environment and your wallet will thank you. For cost estimates, the “Shower Cost Calculator” published on the Omni Calculator website gives you statistics when you input information on your showering habits.

5. Adjust your thermostat

Modifying your thermostat to correlate with the seasonal temperatures is not only good for the environment but can also decrease your bill up to 10%. Ideal temperatures during the day are 68 degrees for winter and 78 for summer but can be lowered when you leave the house, sleep or travel. The closer your house temperature is to the environment temperature, the less you pay.

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