Saving Money While in New York City After making a move to New York City, you may find that your budget is a little tighter than you thought it would be. Moving usually comes with unexpected costs and the first few months in a new area may prove to be more expensive than you originally planned for. When you want to work on saving some money, your utilities bill can be a great place to start. There are many people that do not realize how much money they waste by using electricity that they do not use or using too much electricity throughout the day. There are many ways that you can learn to minimize your electricity use in New York City. Starting with just one way of saving energy can help you minimize your utilities bill and then you can add more energy saving habits to continue saving money. Energy Efficient Light Bulbs First, switch out your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs. When you are deciding which light bulbs you want to change, start with changing the six light bulbs that you use the most in your home so you will see a difference in the first bill that you get. On average, a compact fluorescent light bulb is going to be eighty percent more efficient than the conventional light bulbs that many people choose to use. Not only will you save money on your utilities bill, but you will also be minimizing the amount of carbon dioxide that is put in the air. The fluorescent light bulb is going to be more expensive initially, but they will last longer and for each light bulb that you replace you will save just under forty dollars. If you are worried about the up-front cost, calculate how much time they will take to pay themselves off. Using Lights Only When Needed Although you were probably told to turn off the lights when you were living with your parents, it will take on a new importance when you are trying to save money. Keep your lights off as much as you can to ensure that you are not wasting electricity. Whenever you leave your home, you should go back through and make sure that all of the lights are turned off. If you turn off your lights, you will find that you are going to be able to minimize the amount of electricity you use in the first month of getting into this habit. Try to keep the lights off throughout the day as much as you can. When you notice that you need a light, turn on the light that you need and after you are done using the light make sure that you turn it off so you can minimize the electricity that you are using. As you get used to turning off your lights you will find that you do not even have to think about it. Eventually, you may even be able to replace all of your old light bulbs with new fluorescent bulbs, then you will see a drastic decrease in your electrical bill.