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Tell Your Landlord… Ways to Save Money Using the Best Tankless Gas Heaters and Much More

Tell Your Landlord… Ways to Save Money Using the Best Tankless Gas Heaters and Much More

It is always a struggle to convince your landlord to spruce up your flat, especially when it involves having them spend a lot of money. That’s how many students end up with leaky windows and skyrocketing heat bills, or inefficient shower heads that run up your water tab as well.


Here are some efficient repairs and renovations you can persuade your landlords to make, which will benefit everyone involved. Especially if your landlords pay for some or all utilities, these will be easiest to sell. You will use less energy in your flat, and maintenance costs for landlords will go down.


CFL/LED light bulbs

Many tenants have our own lamps and other furniture with bulbs, but most of us still use the household lights in the kitchen or bathroom. Next time a bulb needs to be replaced, ask your landlord to consider a compact fluorescent or LED bulb. Either kind of bulb will save you a larger percentage of electricity cost to run, and they last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. You will save money on electricity bills, and your landlords will save money on replacement bulbs. LED bulbs can even last for years!


Low-flow plumbing fixtures

If your landlord cover cold water costs, which most do, you can easily convince them of this fix. Low-flow water fixtures use much less water overall than your average, older plumbing installations. That will save your landlords a lot of money, especially on the cold water fixtures like your toilet. You will also save your own money if you pay for hot water, since you will use less with each shower and when you are doing the dishes. And if you are having trouble making the case, you can look up the water rate restrictions in your area. Most parts of Europe, USA, and Canada have laws which mandate that you purchase water-saving fixtures, so you can use this as an extra way to convince your landlords to do the right thing.


Tankless water heater

These new heaters are much less energy-intensive than the old kind that use big holding tanks of water. They are a surefire way to save money on energy bills.


It will probably be harder to convince your landlords to make the switch to a tankless water heater if you’re the one paying for hot water, but we always think it’s worth a shot.


Here are the key arguments to make. There is much less risk of a damaging leak or flood from a tankless water heater. Tank-based water heaters can leak or rupture, letting countless gallons of water flood the basement or anteroom, and causing mold and other significant damage. Tankless water heaters don’t store water inside, so there’s much less of a risk of damage when they break down. If your landlords pay for hot water costs, it will be even easier to sell. They can also get rebates from many regional authorities to buy tankless water heaters, which makes them cheaper than tank hot water heaters in a lot of cases. And most importantly,  they will save money on the gas or electricity the heater uses to heat your water. Here are some of the best tankless water heater reviews online.


Insulate windows

Double glazing prevents all the heat in your flat from going right out the windows. You should ask your landlords to invest in double-glazed windows if they haven’t already done it, especially if you live in a colder place. If they are the ones paying for heat, this should be an easy sell.


So, when you are trying to persuade your landlords to make renovations, make sure to talk to them about energy efficiency! They can save money by making green choices, and you will both save on utility costs.

-Posted by Sylvain, written by Ryan Collins, forum member

The Best Apps for College Students

The Best Apps for College Students

Today, we’ve got for you a list of the best apps for college students, with a brief explanation of why they’re so great.



Mint keeps track of all your personal finances. So many of us students find that our spending goes out of our budget every month, and it can be hard to figure out why. Mint tracks all your spending and categorizes it. Then, you can match it up to your spending goals/budgets in each category for each month. You can stay on top of your grocery bills, and figure out where to trim. It’s my current favorite way to keep the money panic away!




This one is especially good if you study languages at all, or are bilingual. DuoLingo is a practice app that can teach you a new language from scratch, or keep you fluent in languages you already know. There are tons of options, and it adjusts to your knowledge level. I like it because it involves everything, speaking, writing, and grammar quizzes.



LastPass is a simple way to keep track of passwords. Most of us students have a million accounts from loans, universities, textbooks, healthcare and more. This lets you keep them all in one place, and you can use it on whatever device you need to.




Quizlet is an ideal studying tool for people who work in fields that require lots of memorization, like sciences, history or languages. You can make flash cards, share with friends, and test yourself on word banks or terms.




If you write any research papers at all, this is by far the best way we have found to make citations. Let’s face it. None of us knows the difference between Chicago and MLA, and it’s so much easier to let EasyBib do it for you. You just plug in the ISBN and let the app do all the work.


Google Drive

Simple: it lets you get to all your files whenever and wherever you need them. The other cool part is you don’t need to install apps on your computer, because you can edit everything through your web browser.


Self Control


If you give trouble staying off social media, and who doesn’t, this is the best blocker for specific sites. You can set timers for when you need to be focused, and there’s literally no way for you to get around the block until the time is up. Maybe a bit extreme for some of us, but it’s good for building up your own discipline.



The best tool for trading money around without cash. Good for paying back your friends after meals out or other favors. Super easy to use and totally free.

To get a Master’s, or not to get a Master’s… Deciding which Path to Take After You Finish Your Undergrad Studies

To get a Master’s, or not to get a Master’s… Deciding which Path to Take After You Finish Your Undergrad Studies

Today, it’s time to look at one topic that is extremely popular on the forum. It’s the decision to pursue a Master’s degree or not.


Here is how to decide:


Is a Master’s common in your field?

If a MA/MS is standard, you should probably get one. If it’s required for the sort of job you want to do, the same applies. Master’s degrees are standard in most education work, sciences and humanities. They’re not as common for practical sciences like medical research, engineering (mathematical or electrical) or architecture. For a lot of these applied sciences, it’s actually better to have real experience working for companies. Many firms want people with actual experience instead of another 2 years of book work. You can also find jobs that allow you to earn your Master’s on the side, which is the best of both worlds.


Do you want to teach?


If you plan on teaching beyond the high school/secondary school level, you will want to get at least a MA/MS. It is pretty simple. There are very few college/university teaching positions that are open to people who have not earned a Master’s. If you are in a profession like English or Theatre which is not always a steady income, a MA is a good backup plan for when you need to teach for money.


Do you feel lost with theoretical practice?

If you are confused by anything you’ve studied in undergraduate work or encountered in your time after graduation, you might need some more training. If you are switching or narrowing your field, that is probably the case. But if you are confident in all the theory, you should focus on getting experience in the work world before you go back to school, if you go back at all.


Do you learn better through study or through experience?


If you learn better through studying and some practical work on the side, go back to get your Master’s. This is also the best approach for the humanities field, where practical experience is still based on research and writing that you will do anyway in an academic setting.


If you learn better through experience, take a break from school and get a job that will challenge you to grow and learn more. This is better for anyone who does practical or applied sciences or social sciences. It is best to find one that will help you get a Master’s degree on the side, since you will kill two birds with one stone.


Do you know what you want to do?

If you know exactly what you want to do, you are ready to get a job. Most of the point of higher education is to give you space to explore and find your passion. If you still don’t know exactly what to do within your field, you should start a Master’s program to narrow your focus and find your dream profession.


How are your finances?


If your grades are good enough to earn a full scholarship, a Master’s program might be a smart financial move, since you will make more money once you get out with your degree. You also won’t have to pay for the tuition in the first place. This can be a good option for people who are out of school but not having much luck in the workforce.


If you are already making a lot of money in your first jobs, it does not make much sense to get your degree, unless you can make it work on the side. You should find out whether you can be promoted or get a raise without a higher degree, though, since that might be another reason to think about going back to school at some point.
Remember, we can help you save money in other ways by making smart changes, like by convincing your landlords to make energy-efficient renovations with the top rated tankless heaters, CFL bulbs, and low-flow taps. Find more on how to save utility money here.