First Things First: Take Inventory!
Before we begin looking for places to save money on your gas bill, let’s first take account of what appliances in your apartment use gas. Here are the most likely possiblities:
Your washing machine uses hot water but likely pulls that water from your water heater. Your dishwasher should have a heating element and that is likely electric but it also uses hot water. So for our purposes let’s focus on cutting back on gas use from the big four. We’ll also explore ways to make sure that the energy you are using from gas is not wasted.
Turn Back The Furnace Thermostat
Keeping your apartment slightly cool instead of warm during the winter can result in savings on your monthly gas bill. Don’t suffer but ease it back a couple of degrees. My wife and I made it habit of cozying up in bed under the covers and watching TV during the winter months when we lived in an apartment. Save a little each month here and let it add up.
When you are leaving for work, by all means, turn back the heat! You can save a significant amount of money each month by getting in this habit. Reducing the amount of gas used to keep the apartment warm and cozy when you aren’t even there not only makes sense, it saves money.
Consumer Reports has some great suggestions for using your dishwasher effectively and efficiently.
Bonus Tip: If your apartment has a programmable thermostat you can take advantage of scheduling your energy usage. Reduce costs when you are away. Read this guide from Energy Star.