Summer Newsletter Series #3

Check out the third edition of our summer newsletter series.

Summer Newsletter #3 

How do I read my Utility bill?

If you’re not sure what a Utility bill looks like or how to read and understand one, you can learn about it here at Choose Energy! This site shows you how to read a Utility bill by explaining where you can see how much electricity you use each month, where the monthly breakdown of charges is and much more.

Is there anywhere that I can rent furniture?

Yes! CORT Furniture Rental offers complete sets of furniture to furnish your off-campus rental. You can visit their website here for more information.

What are the prominent Utility Providers for Milwaukee?

We Energies – Energy/Electric/Heat

When it comes to Utilities, the most common type of bills you will most likely receive are for energy/electric/heat through We Energies. You can transfer, start, or stop your energy service through We Energies moving section.

Charter Spectrum and AT&T – Internet and Cable

Internet and cable are also services to consider. These can be packaged or separate, depending on your budget and which services you and any roommates decide you want. The two prominent companies in Milwaukee are Charter Spectrum and AT&T.

If you want to do a search for local TV and Internet providers, you can do so here.

How do I set up Utilities?

We Energies collects records of past bills for every house or apartment in Wisconsin. This can help you get an idea of energy costs in your specific unit. Consider calling We Energies to get an idea of what to expect when you open your first few bills. You can transfer, start, or stop your energy service through We Energies moving section.

Internet and cable are also services to consider. These can be packaged or separate, depending on your budget and which services you and any roommates decide you want. The two prominent companies in Milwaukee are Charter Spectrum and AT&T.

Water bills vary from landlord to landlord. Some will include water costs in rent, while others will require tenants to pay for water separately. Check your lease or ask your landlord for specifications on this.

Heat Saving Tips

Colder weather can cause spikes in energy bill costs, but following some of these tips can help you save some money while also staying warm.

Feel around your house and find drafty doors or windows. Drafts keep your house from reaching the temperature that you’ve set, therefore keeping the heat on longer and costing you more money. Windows can be insulated using insulation kits and door-bottom stoppers keep drafts from coming through doorways. Both can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot or online on Amazon. These are easy to install and can save you a considerable amount of money in the long run.

Did you know that in the state of Wisconsin, landlords are required to meet certain weatherization standards for properties they own? Windows must be double-glazed or equipped with storm windows. Other requirements are in place for patio doors, weatherstripping, caulking, and more. If your rental property is not up to code, you have the legal right to request window insulation from your landlord at no additional cost to you.

If no one is going to be home, set the thermostat at a lower temperature. There’s no need to keep the house warmer if it is going to be unoccupied. Letting in sunlight also helps to keep rooms warmer so don’t hesitate to open up those blinds! Finally, as you get into the holiday spirit, be sure that any lights you use are LED and not incandescent lighting. LED lights use at least 75% less energy than older lights so keep that in mind when you’re decorating your home.

Learn more by reading some energy saving tips. WeEnergies provides some energy saving ideas and tips as well.

Find more information about the Wisconsin Rental Weatherization program. Following these tips can keep you warm while helping reduce costs!

Summer Newsletter Series #2

Check out the second edition of our summer newsletter series.

Summer Newsletter #2

Summer Newsletter Series #1

Check out the first newsletter of our summer newsletter series!

Summer Newsletter #1

Do you have to notify your roommate(s) if you want to throw a party?

This is the respectable thing for a roommate to do and you should notify your neighbors too.  This is something that you should probably discuss before moving in with someone. If you or your roommate are going to be throwing parties, you might also want to discuss individual locks on your bedroom doors and other situations that may arise from a party setting.

Visit Step 3: Roommates in our Rental Timeline to learn more about roommate agreements and other helpful strategies to form strong relationships and help avoid conflicts with your roommates.

How do I find a roommate?

You can either choose your roommates through people you already know that you think you would be happy living with, or you can use our services to find a roommate.  You can visit the  Neighborhood Housing  Office website  and put yourself on the roommate list. By putting yourself on the list of students who are currently looking for a roommate, you will be able to view and contact other people looking for roommates and other people will be able to see your information to contact you. When you fill out your roommate profile on the website, you can fill in certain preferences you are looking for in a roommate such as sex, age, loud/quiet, international students, etc. You can also search for roommates based on this criterion.

Learn more about finding roommates in Step 3: Roommates of our Rental Timeline.