When you are living in Chico or Redding, it's quite common for the temperature to hit the triple digits - which means it's time to turn on the AC. But does it have to be a given that your electricity bill is going to be through the roof because you're running your air conditioning? Check out these tips on how you can keep your PG&E bill down while living in a Chico or Redding apartment.
Cover the Windows
The sun peering through your windows is a great way to naturally heat up your apartment and waste all that money while your air conditioning is running. Keep your place cool by closing those blinds or investing in curtains. Also, make sure your windows are completely shut. By doing this, you'll get the most out of the cool air already in your apartment. If you have fans, go ahead and turn those on for a bit to help the air circulate.
Save Electricity Elsewhere
If you like to have your air conditioner at a really low temperature, it might be a good idea to start looking around your apartment to find other ways you can save money on electricity. Try turning off small appliances when you're away, such as the coffee maker or toaster oven, or shutting down your computer. You can also try to make the most of your electricity usage during off-peak hours, which means that you'll be charged less than using electricity during high-peak hours.
Leave Apartment When Possible
A great way to save on your electricity is to use somebody else’s! Go see a movie, visit a friend at their place, go window shopping at the mall, etc. You get the gist! The more you're out of your apartment and not running your air conditioning, the better.
Program Your Thermostat
If you have central heating and air in your apartment, it's important that you program the thermostat. By setting the thermostat, you're able to take control over the temperature in your apartment, and not let your busy schedule determine whether or not you forget to turn the air off when you leave.
Programmable thermostats are sophisticated -- you can adjust the temperatures for different days of the weeks along with different times of the day. Program your thermostat to take charge of your air conditioning so that you don’t have to worry about it all the time. Set it, and forget it.
Living in Chico or Redding apartments also means you have access to amenities. Take advantage of the air conditioned clubhouse and have a movie night, take a walk around the complex in the morning or evening, or cool off in the pool. Apartment living can be a great way for you to save money on your AC bill.