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As students adjust to college life, those of you living off campus may find yourselves in a dilemma. Not only are you putting money aside for tuition, food, internet/cable, and the obvious social activities – but now rent is due. Maybe some of you lucked out with utilities completely included, the rest of you however may have the pleasure of paying your energy bill. Work to keep next month’s costs low by following these tips:

Room Temperature

  • Keep your system off and utilize fans throughout the apartment
  • Close curtains and blinds to reduce heat entering your place
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping
  • Place delightfully mobile draft stoppers in front of drafty doors and windows
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking vents or baseboards
  • Insulate your windows by covering them with plastic
  • By lining the walls behind your radiators with tinfoil, you can increase the heat in your apartment with no extra electricity usage

Lighting and Electronics

  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not being used and when you leave for class
  • Use compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) as they last up to 7x longer and use less energy than traditional bulbs
  • Buy power strips to easily unplug items such as game consoles, TVs and kitchen appliances like toasters, coffee makers and toaster ovens
  • If purchasing a room air conditioner – purchase Energy Star qualified model

Cooking and Appliances

  • Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator over night to reduce cooking time
  • Your burner and pan size should match – smaller pan on a larger burner wastes heat, larger pan on a smaller burner takes more time to heat
  • Opt for using the microwave, toaster or electric pan for smaller meals
  • Run full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible and don’t over dry your clothes

If you start going through this checklist and realize you have a more serious problem in the Pueblo area – give the experts at Patterson Plumbing and Heating a call at (719) 554-4922 or visit us at our website www.Pattersonplumbing.com  to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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