Why spend more money than you need to? This is easy logic when it comes to paying for shoes or buying a car, but sometimes we let this concept go out the window when it comes to utility expenses. Every extra hour you leave the light on or extra second you let the tap run, ends with you spending money that you didn’t need to. If you want to keep your utility expenses in your Ottawa apartment, these little adjustments can help:

Turn Down the Temperature

You can cut your energy usage by as much as ten percent just by turning down the A/C in the summer and the heat in the winter. Instead of cranking up the heat in the winter, dress in layers and wear a house robe or lay with blankets to stay warm. In the summer, wear shorts and a tank around the apartment, and drink cool drinks to stay cool. This is far preferable to wasting money on excessive heating and cooling.

A Big Turn Off

If you have a bad habit of leaving lights and fans on all the time and letting your TV or computer run constantly, it’s time to make a change. A fan alone could add between $5 to $10 to your energy bill each month. If you haven’t printed anything since 2009, maybe it’s time to unplug your printer instead of leaving it running all the time, even in standby mode. Always turn off lights and fans when you leave the room and turn off electronics when not in use.

Air is Free

Instead of using power-hungry appliances and devices to dry things, use the power of free air. Air-drying your hair instead of using a hair dryer is much healthier for the strands. Hang your clothes out to dry on a clothesline if possible. If you have a dishwasher, set the dishes to air dry instead of wasting money on heated dry.

Use Less Water

Remember all the things they taught us about water conservation when we were kids? Well, it’s important to follow through as an adult! Don’t keep the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. Use low-flow showerheads and use an eco-friendly low water setting on your washing machine if available.

Fridge First

As much as 25% of your electricity bill may go toward your fridge, so anything you can do to reduce this cost helps. Make sure the compressor coils are clean. If you’re more of a takeout person and your fridge is empty, you’re just paying to cool down air. Keep your fridge filled with water bottles (even if they’re just refilled with tap water).

When you spend less on utilities, you can put the money towards something that matters to you.