How Much Electricty Do You Use

Philippines
December 10, 2009 12:46am CST
I can't recall where I saw the news about environmentalists trying to limit their electricity consumption to below 2000 kilowatts per household. The report even showed a family who was able to cut down their consumption to 3000 kilowatts, but this is far from the target of 2000 kilowatts. The logic behind reducing electricity usage is to reduce greenhouse gases and fossil fuel use. I looked at our electric bill and we are consuming less than 200 kilowatts in my household. Now before anyone starts to wonder if I just have a lightbulb on, I do have electric appliances, even an aircon which we use everyday. Some households in my country even consume less than 100 kilowatts in a month. How about you, do you know how much electricity you are consuming in your household?
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12 responses
@neildc (16935)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
in the average, we consume about a hundred and 10 kilowatts per month. that, we have refrigerator, tv set, electric fans and of course, lights. one of the highest consumption is in the month of december. maybe, that's because it is christmas season and we, most of the families in our place have christmas lights turned on for longer times. sometimes, we keep them on until the morning. and not just that, there are frequent parties in the house, during this month.
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• Philippines
10 Dec 09
hello neildc, i think the lowest bill we had was only a couple of months ago but supposed to be this month too but due to increase in the rate of the kilowatt, we didn't seem to have save anything besides not using it in the evening. probably i should try not using the electricity at night.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
Thanks for your response. I have just put up my holiday decorations today so this means that I will consume less electricity. If it were only me, I would not put up the lights and the tree and all the decor, but my mom requested that I do so.
@neildc (16935)
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
and so as me, ann. it's all my wife's idea after all. i always wanted to save a lot, not only in electricity bill but in almost everything we could.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
11 Dec 09
This is a very good discussion. We in Australia are supposed to be reducing our consumption of electricty, to reduce green house gasses. I have trying to reduce our electricy use for years, but even more so lately. Unfortunately you dont say if your 200 kilowatts is per day, per week, per month or whatever? I looked at my latest bill, and it says I use 28.73 kw per day. This is an increase by 4 kw for the same period last year, so we have got worse, not better. However, I kind of blame my ex hubby and his kids. They were great users of electricity and I could never get them to use less, by turning off lights, etc. He only left 6 weeks ago, so most of my electricity includes when he was living here. Now that he has left, I am sure I can get it way down.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
11 Dec 09
I just read other peoples responses,,and I assume now that you are referring to per month. Which means my electricty use is very high. It works out at 840kw per month. Thats terrible compared to many of your other responses. I have the fridge on all day, the computer is on most of the day, the hot water system is on all day. The latter would consume a lot of electricty. I dont have any gas. I try to turn all lights off when not in use. The aircondioner is only run when it is hot to very hot, but here that can be quite often. I try to turn power pints off when not in use, but I cant reach all of them.
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
The 200 kilowatts that I am referring to here in our consumption in a month. Thank you for your response.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
10 Dec 09
I'm not sure how much electricity my family is using, but whatever the number, it is just fine. I won't restrict my usage based on the enviro wacko's, but rather I might increase my usage. If Obama's democrats are able to force cap and trade on our country, electricity will get so expensive, I will then have to cut back. djbtol
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
Thank you for your response. You are right, that when the cost becomes too expensive that will be the time to cut back on consumption. But here in my country, we consume only a fraction of what westerners use in terms of electricity but it is very expensive.
@djbtol (5501)
• United States
10 Dec 09
Yes there are differences between countries and cultures. In the U.S. we have so many things in every home that require electricity. In addition to lighting, some people even have electric heat (primary or supplemental). Thanks and have a wonderful day.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
hello anne25 that's exactly what i am so hard trying to avoid here. most specially that i am doing mylot which really increase the drill on the electricity. i don't know how they do it but i would really want to have my electricity run in less than a hundred kilowatt per hour. trouble is the only thing i coudl do that i s use internet on the phone or simply have a laptop.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
You know, the computer doesn't really consume that much electricity. And if your computer use offsets your electric bill with your online earnings, I guess its okay for you to use the computer. Thank you for your response.
@neildc (16935)
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
oh yes, a lot of people tells me that computers don't eat up a lot of electricity.
• United States
10 Dec 09
What gets me is why are they using 2000 k per month? For crying out loud the normal family of 5 living in a mobile home where everything is electric is still less then 500 k per month. They call them selves cutting back? I have a gas stove and I have kids so I do lots of washes. But I still only use around 75 - 100 per month. The worst part is I live in a good sized house. They most likely have them electric cars that they plug in. LOL.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
I can't find the clip, and I am sure that it is an exaggeration, unless they have a small factory inside their house . The most electricity we've used and this is in the summer months are about 300-400k and the aircon is non-stop then. Thank you for your response!
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
At home the average electricity consumption per month would be less than 150 kilowatt. There are 5 of us living in the house. The appliance running the whole time would be the refrigerator. Then in the evening the lights in the rooms are switched off if not in use. The TV is not on all day because most are at school. The computer i do use everyday. The electric fan will be used when my nephew is home and watching TV. As much as possible everyone helps in the conservation of electricity and help in the reduction of bills and in a small way help in the environment.
• Philippines
10 Dec 09
This is great Sandymay that everyone in your household is contributing in trying to lessen electricity use. Thank you for your response.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
11 Dec 09
Hello anne25penn this is checkmail and really do seriously think of saving the electricity, as the use of it has been going on increasing since our improvement(introduction of appliances).Yeah ealier it used to be much less, but nowadays it a high increase in it.Well don't know how many kilowatts but do know its charges, and its getting difficult to afford it.Earlier the bill was upto some 400-500 bucks but now its 1200-1300 per month.I also try inbetween to save the electricity, but can't manage to keep this practice going on regularly.Yeah its an serious concern about electricity and environment.Anyways Happy Mylotting.
• United States
11 Dec 09
Well i think i use 2 watts of electricity a day that calculates to 60 watt a month. And this is the consumption excluding my family members do. i usually open my CRT monitor (80 watt) 10 Hours a day and my laptop (120 watt) 15 hours a day which is most of the time plugged in to the AC line
• United States
11 Dec 09
I don't think I use as much as they are charging me for because my bill is so high I can't believe it It is a very small one bedroom and my bill has been 200 and over a month!
• United States
10 Dec 09
I'm not sure how much we consume in our apartment but I know we do not consume 2000 kilowatts, I'm quite sure we consume, far, far less than that. We don't keep things plugged in when not in use, especially those things that we don't use all the time. We keep all the lights turned off except for the lights that we are currently using and we've switched and use nothing but CFL bulbs. I feel like we'd use far less if we had a better airconditioner and had energy star appliances.
• United States
10 Dec 09
Hi anne25penn, I'm big on saving electricity as much as I possibly can, I haven't studied my electricity bill recently to see how many kilowatts my room mate and I have used but I know our electric bill runs below $20.00 a month. We're always trying to save and conserve when we can, we don't leave anything plugged in when we're not using it because it still takes energy, for example heating appliances, microwave, night lights etc. I try and help out the environment as much as I can, I'm one of those people who is big on that whole "Going Green" slogan with using the reusable bags and one of my biggest pet peeves if people who don't recycle cans, plastics and cardboard. It's not hard to recycle so I don't understand why some people don't do it, I always grew up knowing it was the right thing to do, I learned that in school as well. I'll have to check to see how many kilowatts we used last month if I can find the bill or just check out the new one when I get it in a week or two, it'll be interesting to see but my bill stays the same every month, it hasn't gone up or down which I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I would like for it to go down even more but you still have to live and be able to use lights, etc.
@nautilus33 (1832)
10 Dec 09
HI! I don't use much electricity for my home, I need electricity only, when I cook, get a shower or for my computer. A day I use about 3-4 Kw/h.