You are required to call and establish gas and electric for the day of your move in. You are also responsible for water, however we set that up for you. Any delays with establishing the electric and gas service will result in all applicable fees per your lease.
As it gets colder you'll need to remember to keep your thermostat set around 68 degrees with the furnace on. Keeping it much higher will result in very expensive gas bills. Keeping it off is not an option as the heat is needed to ensure that the water lines do not freeze! From fall until Spring. you must make sure that the thermostat is in the "Heat" position with "Auto" (not fan) selected. From there you can set the desired temperature using the temperature dial. If you leave your home for more than 24 hours please make sure that your furnace is on. Lowering the thermostat to around 60 degrees is acceptable, but under no circumstances should you turn off your furnace. Needless to say, busted pipes due to a resident shutting off the furnace is a billable occurrence that will be very expensive.
• Keep lights off when not in use.
• Limit the use of space heaters as they are inefficient and can be very dangerous if not properly ventilated.
• In the summer months you can save by keeping the A/C set on an average temperature to keep your apartment cool. Turning the unit off and on takes longer to cool and uses a lot more energy. Also, keep your blinds closed during the hot, sunny days, as it will limit the amount of heat let into your apartment.
• It is estimated that you can save 3% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat. Keep it no higher than 68 degrees during the day- health permitting.
• Keep all heat registers and air return ducts clear of furniture, carpet, drapes and excessive dust.
• Keep doors and windows shut!! An open window makes the furnace work twice as hard to heat a given area.
• Installing plastic window kits greatly reduces your heating bills and helps to eliminate lost heat.
• Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket, because every time you flush it uses five to seven gallons of water.
• Turn off the water after your toothbrush is wet while you are brushing. This can save you immensely over a month's time.
• Check faucets and toilets for leaks as even the smallest drip can waste twenty of more gallons a day.
Occasionally you may need permission for a cable installation, in the event that you do you may use this form which is required by the cable company:
Cable Permission Letter