Saving on Electric Bill?


My electric bill was over 220 dollars for one month in a small 2 bed/1 bath apt in Ohio. My apartment has old appliances, stove, refrigerator, hot water heater, and AC unit from 1999. Whenever I say anything to the landlord, she gets mad! The seal around the refrigerator and oven are old, moldy, and don't fit well enough to seal properly. Now my utility bill is so high, but I can't afford to move!


By Marie H.

Moldy, worn gasket.

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August 7, 20130 found this helpful

One thing you can do is put bubble wrap on all the windows. It lets the light in but helps insulate a little and every little bit helps. Buy a big roll at W-M or wherever, spritz a bit of water on the window panes and just put it up. It will stay for ever and if it does fall just wet the pane again. Cut to size and see how it works for you! Good luck!

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August 7, 20130 found this helpful

First off, the responsibility to fix the apt. is not yours. Here is a link to just one of the Ohio Landlord Tenant Laws but you can google more.


You can also go to the utility company and often they will do an energy audit, where they go in and make a list of things that are causing the problems.

Most counties also have energy assistance, so you can often look into that. In Oregon, you have to be one day overdue and low income. This is the time of the year when you probably wouldn't have to wait long for an appt.

In many cases, you can withhold your rent and it's legal, esp' when you present them with the bill, the energy report and the laws stating they have to fix things and can't retaliate against you.

Don't fix, fight. Good luck!

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