Move-in Morgantown

How to live in a college town.

Living Cheap: Air Conditioning

As college students, we don’t have the luxury of bottomless wallets and often are forced to make sacrifices in our homes.  Hopefully with the help of Move-in Morgantown and a little bit of effort, you will be able to save money and maybe even make your life a little bit greener without much inconvenience.

It’s almost May and we can already feel the heat here in Morgantown.  Let’s take a look at saving some money with the air conditioner this week.

For the air conditioner, we will consult Mr. Michael Bluejay again who has done some extensive thinking on the subject.

On his website, Bluejay has come up with 36 tips on conditioning your air conditioner but we’ll just take a look at a few of my favorites.

Bed Fans

One of the most uncomfortable times to not have air conditioning is at night when trying to sleep.

Bluejay recommends using a bed fan in this situation which creates a gentle breeze under the sheets.  Instead of cooling your entire house or room, just turn on the fan and you’ll cool right off.

Bed Fans retail at about $64.95.

Ceiling Fans

Using the ceiling fans that are most likely already installed inside your house or apartment can help cool your house in addition to your air conditioing unit.

Bluejay cites statistics that claim fans can make a room feel up to 8 degrees cooler.  This can give you the ability to turn down your unit a few degrees and give that electric bill a break in the process.

There are many more tips on Bluejay’s site that I would recommend looking into.  Air conditioning can drain your wallet quickly in the summer but it doesn’t have to.

Hopefully some of these tips will help your bills get smaller and your wallet get bigger.  See you next week.


April 25, 2010 - Posted by | Living Cheap | , , , ,


  1. Yeah the summer heat really does drain the electric bill. My first couple of summers at WVU, I went home instead of staying in Morgantown. Obviously, this dropped my bill quite a lot and I only had to pay like five dollars on the August bill. But last year I stayed in Morgantown and used the AC all the time. By the end of the summer I was a good 50 dollars over my regular paying amount.

    Comment by thereandback207 | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve lived in a couple different places and your location makes a big difference too. I can definitely say that living in a modern apartment is much different than living in an old house in South Park. Not only is it a lot cooler, but you don’t spend near as much money.

    Comment by ecmoore19 | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. I think Morgantown in general drains your wallet. My electric bill in the winter is like $20…in the summer, it’s somewhere around $75. Our apartment is on the second floor of a building, so it isn’t even super hot inside. That fan is an awesome thing though!

    Comment by nochickflickmoments | April 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. My electric bills have been out of control like hundreds of dollars. We have ceiling fans, but my roommate is always hot so she bought an additional fan that’s pretty much the same concept of the bed fan.

    Comment by brittanynelson | April 25, 2010 | Reply

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