So welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. As I’m closing out this month, I’ve been dabbling in some listicles. One is already posted and one is scheduled. Stay tuned. This is a quick one to wrap up this mini-season of my life. My April 2018 power bill came and it was pretty low. I thought about what I could have done unintentionally to get it this low. Here’s what I came up with for you in this here listicle.
7 Cheeky Ways To Save On Your Energy Bill This Month
- Live in a studio. I only have 3 light fixtures. I can see every wall in my apartment from any spot in my home. I don’t have central air or heating. Only one window opens so I’m very well insulated from the elements.
- Don’t work from home. Use your company’s electricity for your laptop, refrigeration for your lunch and heating up snacks. Also for heating and cooling.
- Work a day job and a side hustle so that you’re away from home at least 12 hours. Unplug everything or charge it at work. Don’t need to use any energy if you’re not home.
- Use a $1 lamp. Use a $1 lamp from the dollar store for all lighting needs. Because of the studio, one lamp lights up the whole apartment. Plus it’s late when you get home so you just need it to find your way to bed.
- Use a toaster oven for all your baking needs. Use a toaster oven instead of a regular oven because your studio apartment doesn’t have an oven. Plan on only needing the space for 2 years so think it doesn’t matter. Then wind up living there going on 3 years because you can’t afford a nicer place to live or own.
- Wash dishes no sooner than once every 10 days. You weren’t home anyway to eat anything.
- Don’t shower. It uses hot water which requires energy. I don’t think I showered this week at all. Just don’t get sweaty and it keeps people from wanting to talk to you at work if you do.
|Charged about $23.38 this month (48.87-25.49).|
A note on this bill. When I first moved into my apartment, my first power bill said the average monthly usage for my area is $35. So I auto-pay $35/mon. There’s a credit because I haven’t been using that much energy every month. I haven’t logged in recently to check the actual bill because they send a snippet in email, and they changed the log-ins and setting up log-ins is my pet peeve. But I just subtracted the two balances to get what I was charged this month. As you may know, My Working Budget is based on historical spending and I give myself an allowance to cover every day expenses. Most everything is automated. I reconcile balances as needed. That’s what works for me this early in My Journey.
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What are your energy saving tips? Comment below and start the conversation!