Saving electricity to make a difference

@pitstop (5648)
India
November 12, 2008 11:31am CST
I'm presently concerned about this due to two reasons: 1. My electricity bill last month was really high. 2. The 3-4 hours of power cuts we have everyday makes me realise that electicity is a precious commodity! Can you please share tips on how to conserve electricity so we can all benefit.
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@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
12 Nov 08
how much was your bill? and btw, what are your appliances? our average electric bills ranges from 9-11USD (450-550PHP). our appliances which are turned ON 24/7 is our personal ref. we have 3 industrial fans, 1 laptop, subwoofer, television, dvd and some small gadgets like psp & phones which we regulary charge along with the fluorecent bulbs we have. these are the only electronic things we have & the refrigirator & one bulb in the sala is the only one that we usually keep turned on. what we usually do to conserve is we regularly make sure that no appliance is plugged when we leave the house. in this way the appliance would be in care & no hidden electricity is going out & being charged. this is also a safety precaution of fire. i suggest you do this too especially if you have appliances that you don't use then unplug those cords! we also have to sacrifice, say you have airconditioner. since the weather is getting cold nowadays do try to limit yourself by turning that off & use electric fans instead. this way you could lessen your bill especialyl that the airconditioner consumes a lot in your bill. instead of using red bulbs with high watts, do try to use flourescent bulbs. this has lesser watts compared to that. this are just some tips i could give you, let's also listen to what other mylotters can suggest. although you have mentioned about power cuts.. do you mean power interruptions? do you know that whenever there's a power interruption & it came back, the current going back to the appliances that are turned on are like twice. that's pretty much a cheat done by those electric corporations. so what i usually do is turn off some of the high powered appliances (like ref, tv &/ pc) & when the current is back i wait until 5 minutes before i turn them on again. in this way the current going in to the appliances is normal. hope i helped you.
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@pitstop (5648)
• India
13 Nov 08
That is an amazing response with lots of input and tips. My bill came to 1000 indian rupees - about 22 dollars. I have very rarely used the airconditioner. Thanks for the info about the power interruptions.
@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
no problem. well $22 is already fair enough for the appliances that you have. but if you can make it lesser, why not right? happy mylotting!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
We switched to those curly florescent lights and we make sure we do not turn the lights on in a room where we are not in. If you just have a plug in Tv, that is not connected by cable, you can turn it off, and also unplug your computer, but I think that turning the computer off at night and the Tv off would suffice. There is not much that you can do. You can use the microwave and use slow cookers plus an electric frying pan so you do not have to put the oven on all the time. You can turn off the heat for your dishwasher. The heat from the water is enough for them to dry. You can wash in cold water. Oh and for winter, turn the heat down in the evening and buy plenty of blankets and coverals and sweaters. It is going to be a long cold winter. We are now in a period of global cooling.
@pitstop (5648)
• India
12 Nov 08
Thats a lot of practical tips. Just two differences where I stay - we dont use a dishwasher and winters are still warm.
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• India
12 Nov 08
I also agree with you that our electricity bill has been raised very much.But I don't know how to control it.Sorry I can't help you in this matter....
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• United States
13 Nov 08
To save on your bill overall, see if your electric company has a budget billing plan. This is a plan where your bill is the same from month to month, and the difference is put on your back bill. I'm not sure how they do it in your part of the world, but for my electric company we have two options for budget billing. Annually, where they take the average of your bills for the past year to come up with a payment, and adjust the payment twice a year. The shortfall that inevitably comes is your responsibility to pay. As for the other option, quarterly, they take the average the same way, but then the payment is adjusted every three months. There is no shortfall with this option, because its usually taken up by the payments you are making. Now, to use less electricity, you need to be mindful of what you turn on. When you leave a room, make sure that you turn off all appliances and lights. Also, look over your appliances, anything that is on standby (has some sort of indicator light) when it is off is still taking electricity. You can save on your bill by unplugging these appliances. There are a lot more tips that you can use to conserve electricity stated on my electric company's website here: http://ewiqa.duke-energy.com/safety/education/conservation/conserving/
@pitstop (5648)
• India
13 Nov 08
I unfortunately have a standard fixed rate for my electricity. Thnanks for the link and the tips. I'll try unplugging appliances more often.