In the first of a two-part series on money savings, we want to take you inside our energy-efficient apartments. From the windows to the lighting, each apartment has been built and furnished with details that help you save money month-over-month and year-over-year. Plus, we have built-in savings included in your monthly payments for everything from your trash to your TV.
Saving Money on Utility Bills
First things first: you should know how we save you money with our convenient utility package.
With your apartment’s rent, for an additional $60, $80, or $90 a month (in a one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment, respectively), the costs of your cable, Internet, water, sewer, trash, recycling, pest control, and alarm system are 100% covered. That alone saves you $200-300 a month and an immeasurable number of headaches.
The only thing you pay separately each month is electricity, so there is just one other bill on your mind.
Electricity may be costly, but our energy-efficient apartments have been built to reduce your costs and your impact on the environment. While the average residential electricity bill in Arkansas is $105.64, here, you can expect to pay $60-90 on average, depending on your apartment size.
Historically, construction of all kinds has become more and more energy-efficient due to research, development, and testing of new materials over the years. Just by simply using the latest materials, apartments under construction now are much more energy-efficient that those constructed 20 years ago.
Just five years ago, The Pointe Brodie Creek opened after our builders utilized the most affordable options available without sacrificing appearance or strength. This was done not only to help you feel more comfortable, but also to help save you money.
For example, our apartment buildings feature energy-efficient windows filled with non-toxic argon gas and coated with a low-e glaze.
Argon gas is used in energy-efficient, thermally-insulated glass window units. Each glass pane has two or three layers with a sealed space of argon in between to reduce the transfer of heat. So, when it gets hot outside, the heat does not seep into your apartment (and vice versa). Argon gas also enhances soundproofing and reduces condensation.
Likewise, according to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, low-emissivity (or low-e) coatings on insulated glazing can “reduce energy loss by as much as 30% to 50%.” This means the energy generated in your apartment stays in your apartment and does not go out the window and into the environment.
Apartment kitchens at The Pointe Brodie Creek are equipped with beautiful stainless-steel appliances, some of which are ENERGY STAR certified products. This means they have been independently certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as products that save consumers money and help protect the environment.
Take, for example, the GE® dishwashers utilized in our luxury apartments. The EPA estimates that the yearly energy costs of similar dishwashers are $21-41, with the median cost at $34. Our dishwashers, however, are estimated at $24 a year, which saves you at least $9.
An ENERGY STAR-certified dishwasher, like the GE dishwasher you will find in your apartment here, can save 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime. By using less water, these dishwashers also help protect natural water sources like Arkansas’ beautiful lakes, streams, and rivers.
Another way we save you money here is with energy-efficient lighting.
In the recessed lighting and ceiling fans you will find in our luxury apartment homes, we use EcoSmart light bulbs. According to the manufacturer, these bulbs use 75% less energy than the 60-Watt incandescent bulbs common in most homes, which saves you up to $220 in energy costs.
If one of these light bulbs goes out, we highly recommend you replace them with the same energy-efficient bulbs we originally installed. We want you to continue to save money, but also reduce your impact on the environment.
How to Save More Money
As we stated above, the only utility bill you pay separately is your electricity bill. To help you save money, it pays to be mindful of how much electricity you use in a day.
In 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that 21.6% of residential electricity used was for heating and air conditioning. When combined, common appliance use like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers was 20%. Lighting was 9.4%.
Aside from turning lights off when you leave home, our maintenance team also has some tips to help you conserve energy. Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions on the topic, and here are some easy fixes you can do to take care of it on your own.
In “Part Two” of our series on savings, we will explore our complimentary community amenities and why using them over outside resources can save you even more money.