How can I keep my utility cost down in Jacksonville apartments?

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Living in one of the Jacksonville apartments gives you a huge advantage in keeping utility costs down. Unlike a house, an apartment complex is constantly checked to keep up with standards in regards to power and water usage. In other words, an apartment complex provides efficiency.

This does not mean however that you are safe from large utility bills, as it will largely depend on your utility use being responsible. Ensuring responsible use of utilities is easier if you live alone; if you have roommates this is something that you will need to discuss right when you move in. Here are some ideas that you may all agree on to save some money throughout the new year.

First let's talk about electricity. Jacksonville apartments will provide stable electricity for you, but it is your job not to waste it. One of the best ways to save on electricity is the most obvious, turning off the lights in rooms you are not in. If you are leaving a room, and will not be back in there for at least half an hour, then turn off the lights. If you know you are going to be going back in there soon, you can leave the lights on as more power is used shutting them off only to turn them on again so soon.

If you are in one of the apartments in Jacksonville that do not use fluorescent bulbs, then making the switch is also a great way to save. Not only do they last longer, they also use a lot less electricity. Also try not to turn on any lights when you don't have too; use the sunlight to light up your rooms as an alternative.

Another great purchase besides fluorescent bulbs is a power outlet. I really advise you to get several of these, for where your computer is located as well as your media center. Not only will you have access to more ports, you will be able to easily turn off the outlet whenever you need to. Just like with the light bulbs, you should only turn off the outlet when you will not be using it for a while. Don't waste electricity, and you won't waste your money.

Wasting water will also waste your money in Jacksonville apartments. Just like with electricity however, this can be easily avoided with the help of residential awareness. The most obvious rule of saving on water is not to run it when you don't have too. This includes when you are showering as well as when you are using the sink. Don't take long showers, and turn the sink off while you are brushing your teeth.

This rule also applies to some of the appliances some apartments in Jacksonville provide such as washers and dishwashers. Only run these machines when there is enough clothes or dishes to clean. Using these machines recklessly will not only waste your water, it will use up unnecessary electricity as well. Appliances such as these are always heavy on utility bills, so if you want to ensure a low bill, move into one of the Jacksonville apartments that doesn't have them.

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