If your electric bill is higher than you want it to be—but you’re a renter who can’t make big changes—don’t despair. You can take a number of steps to lower your electric bill, including:

Raise The Bar
The easiest way to save energy is to raise your thermostat a little during warmer months. In the summer, set your temperature at 78 degrees or higher. When you’re away from home for more than four hours, turn it off completely or set it at 85 degrees.

Less Is More
During winter months, set your thermostat to 68 degrees or less, and turn it down to 55 degrees at bedtime. (Add an extra blanket or comforter.)

FANtastic Idea
Use circulating fans to increase comfort. Turn them off in unoccupied areas. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms.

Monthly Ritual
Clean or replace air conditioner filter monthly. It will help your HVAC system is work at maximum efficiency—and improve the air quality in your apartment.

Ready, Reset, Go
Reset both upper and lower thermostats on your hot water heater to 125 degrees or lower.

Off You Go!
If you leave your apartment for two days or more, turn off the power to your hot water heater at the circuit breaker.

Cool Suds
Wash and rinse your clothes in cold water. You can save $30 to $40 a year.

Made In The Shade
Use shades, drapes, blinds or other window coverings to keep out summer heat and winter cold.