Choosing to live in one of the apartments near TCC rather than in a rented house gives you a huge advantage in keeping your utility cost low. Houses near college campuses generally have bad wiring and plumbing, and can end up costing you a fortune. So if you are concerned about how much you will have to pay for utilities, living in an apartment already puts you on the right track, but there is more you can do.
In the end, while living somewhere that is kept up to code will help save you money, it isn't going to be enough if you want to save big on utilities. Ultimately your utility bill is going to depend on one thing, the residents living in the apartment. In any apartment complex, including TCC apartments, awareness and smart choices are what make all the difference.
What I mean by awareness, is awareness of not being wasteful. Too many of us take electricity and water for granted. We leave lights on in rooms we aren't in and leave devices on that we aren't using; or, we take long showers or leave the sink running when we aren't using it. Such wasteful activity is expensive, and most of us don't notice until we are paying the bills all by ourselves.
Breaking this habit is going to be important if you want to save money on utilities in TCC apartments. Talk to your roommates and make a rule to constantly remind each other. You should expect all of you to be forgetful, so make some paper signs or something around your place for a little while until you start to become more aware of what you are doing. Eventually with enough reminders, saving on utilities will become habit, and you won't even have to think about it anymore.
Now in reference to smart choices, there are some minor, initial investments you may want to consider that could help you save money. If you are living in one of the apartments near TCC that doesn't make use of fluorescent bulbs, you may want to consider buying some. You don't need to purchase a bulb for every part of your apartment, consider changing only the ones that are used the most. Fluorescents burn brighter, longer, and for cheaper.
Another great investment that can help you save some money are power strips. Power strips enable you to plug many devices into one outlet, which makes them extremely handy for entertainment centers or offices. They can also help you save too, as you can cut off electricity to all the devices with a simple flip of the switch. Now you can easily insure that all your devices are off without really having to make an effort.
Keeping your utility cost low in TCC apartments isn't difficult, it just requires a little bit of effort and persistence. With a little bit of initial investment, in terms of both your effort and some money, you will end up lowering your utility bill.