Oh no, I forgot...

@ryanong (9694)
Vietnam
July 24, 2012 12:35am CST
The electricity price is high in here and it will be increased in some months later. So that i always try to turn off all electrical devices and lamps whenever i go out or don't use it more. Yesterday morning, after cooking for a while, electricity is cut off suddently. I tried to check whether i turned off all electricity devices and lamps before i went to work in the morning. I went home in the evening and lamps in bathroom and lamps in my room are on. I was confused..i did turn off it all but why it is still on...and for sure electricity is wasted for a while already. Have you ever got the same situation?
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
24 Jul 12
That happens not much you can do about it unfortunately. There is always some appliance or light is accidentally left on. If you have energy efficient lights, its not a huge deal. The other day the power went out when my daughter was watching TV while I was getting ready to leave. The Tv and stereo do not power back on immediately when the power comes back on, but the darn cable box does
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
24 Jul 12
Electricity is cut off regularly in summer time in here...in fact it is not my first time, it is the n-th time already..even though i checked and checked...but when i went home, lamps are on still.... Actually we can turn off a fuse, but in my house, it is so high then i can't...without electricity, i may confuse which position is on or off of lamps...
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
24 Jul 12
We have only lost power twice this summer. I do not believe it was for a rolling back out either. I don't know about my neighbors, but we have only had 1 day where it was warm enough to put the a/c on and we just suffered through. Our house was built to stay cool on warmer days. Unless the temps get over 85, the house doesn't warm up. The downside is, when the temps go back to their normal 60-70, the house stays a bit chiller than I like.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
24 Jul 12
Also, you could just unplug your lamps
• United States
24 Jul 12
I actually not only turn off my devices I also unplug them or use a power strip that has an on/off button that stops the electric current. I'm not sure the name but I call it vampire energy cause it sucks power even when its turned off. By unplugging all my devices I can literally live in my apartment for under $2 of electricity a day. Usually my electricity use is around $1.50 a day. I usually am out an about, so I don't like to stay home much... Charging my laptop/phone/ipod at the library also helps!! I have also started using LED lights instead of CFL's and it's already paying off. I decided to not use a T.V since I have my laptop and I rarely have guests over so this was enough for me. Maybe one day I'll invest in a projector but for right now this is ok. I have found that cooking with a microwave instead of the oven or stove is way more effective in saving power to, or simply not cooking and having veggie days like salads and sandwhichs for a few days saves power as well!! Hope this helps happy savings!
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
Wow..you have many ways to save your electricity..it is so great!!! Currently i use stove for cooking...luckily i don't use TV at home also. From right now, i should learn from you, unplug all electrical devices instead of turn it off only...
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
27 Jul 12
We haven't had any black out days yet...but the summer heat is just starting here on the west coast. But I always wonder..if plugging and unplugging constantly...doesn't that "wear out" the plug or wires or whatever to make them weak and maybe faulty? I think it does because.... ...one time I had two plug outlets...back to back..one in the kitchen the other in the dining room on the other side of the wall. I kept my coffee maker plugged into the bottom outlet and the other I used for things as i needed an outlet. I had noticed that when i would plug in something there'd be small sparks as I unplugged it. I called the management and they replaced the one it the kitchen, but not the dining room. I asked maintanence man if maybe they shouldn't replace that one as they are back to back..and he said unless it is sparking, it is fine. Then one day, I took my kids to the pool and when I came back an hour later, my kitchen was on fire! My daughter called 911 and was put on hold and I started throwing water on the fire to put it out. I got it out, she hung up the phone and well, to make the story short, when the fire department came out to check things out, they said the plug on the dining room side was the one that was faulty and it just happened to burn into the kitchen instead of the dining room. So if that maintenance man had replaced both...there wouldn't have been a fire. But at the same time...if I know I am not going to use an appliance for few days, like my cell phone charger or any battery pack... I will just unplug it. I turn PC off at night, and have 38 watt bulbs in most everything...except my desk that needs more light to read by. A toaster oven is great too.. instead of heating up the kitchen with the huge range/oven. I can cook same thing in the toaster oven as I can the regular oven...the inside of the oven is 12x12...works great for meals for 2-4. Saves lot of gas/electricity
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
27 Jul 12
hm...it is so dangerous when my kitchen was on fire because of plug outlets. I think unplug all electrical devices is good especially when we go out...because it prevents electrical short happening. I live alone now then it is ok for me to use stove, but if i live with family, i may think of using smart devices to save electricity too.
• United States
31 Aug 12
The thing that gets me is when my family leaves that air conditioner on when we arent home. That thing sucks energy. I think that one day Id like to go to solar power and Im not sure if a solar set up could handle that kind of energy drag. I keep lights out and try to teach my kids to use windows for light instead.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
1 Sep 12
Yes, i understand. some months recently my bill is always higher...., i guess because of the higher price of electricity. If i have my own house, i would like to install solar power also.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
2 Aug 12
I find that sometimes when I leave the house, instead of pulling the plug on the television set, I keep it on, and also I should turn it off at night because it is so hot I sleep in the living room. Of course, that is because I try to keep the air conditioning off except if I have company.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
3 Aug 12
I heard some guys said that we can save more electricity if we unplug devices out of power socket. Currently i don't use TV, but it is hotter if we keep plug in electricity to power socket, i think.
@marguicha (102190)
• Chile
2 Aug 12
When the light goes out from the company, it is very difficult to remember which lights you had on. In those cases, wehat I do is to unplug the appliances that could be hurt and the electrical heaters so they don´t start running when I´m away. This is more important in my country because we have earthquakes and I would not have a fire hazard at home after an earthquake.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
3 Aug 12
Ah, i understand. It is good when you have that habit...in here we don't have an earthquake but i think i should do like what you do...
• India
31 Jul 12
This usually happens when the light goes off. We get an impression that we might have switched off the light and we forget to check it. Electricity is a non-renewable resource therefore, we should be very careful in its usage. We should make a point to switch off the electrical appliances whenever they are not in use.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
31 Jul 12
Exactly! that's why many time my lamps were still on when electricity is off suddenly. yes, next time i will check be careful when i go out..because i really don't want to waste it when i am not at home.
@Paper_Doll (2375)
• Philippines
31 Jul 12
It really happens specially during black out where you really do not know if the appliances or lights are on when the black out occurred. During those kind of situation, I don't usually turn off everything. I will just wait for the electricity current to be back. The electricity is on and off the other day because of the typhoon. Well, sometimes, I really hope that there would always be black out during day time in our place because my husband and I are usually out that time and so no one would use the electricity. But it is not the case for us since many people still use electricity in our house. I usually came home with two to three lights are on, electric fan and TV are plugged. I guess I cannot really expect considerations from other especially that they do not have any single idea how much I am paying for the electricity.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
31 Jul 12
umh, i understand. Some people do like you, turn on a gate lamp or some lamps in a house before they go out and when they go home, it is not dark. I do like that if i go out in a short time only. My case, i went out from the morning and go back home in the late evening only, that's why it is wasteful if lamps is on while i am not at home. Electricity is high price in here so that i really want to do save it
• Philippines
26 Jul 12
Yes. It was brownout yesterday and I forgot to turn off the lights. When I got home from work, they were all turned on. I've got to lessen my energy consumption now.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
27 Jul 12
hihi, not only me forget to turn off lamps when go out...Ya, to save electricity, save money too...we should remember to unplug all electrical devices....
@chicgale (2982)
• Philippines
24 Jul 12
You might had a power cut off before you left your place that's why the lamps were on. yeah, the electricity this time is very high. Last month, our electricity was too high. I paid like $165 USD.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
wow..$165 for 1 month, your electricity bill is so high...I always try to turn off all when i go out to make electricity bill is down...
• United States
24 Jul 12
The lamps probably didn't use all that much electricity during that short of a time. Since electricity is so expensive in your country, you may want to consider investing in LED lights. Yes, they are more expensive, but, given how expensive electric is there, the savings in electricity usage likely will more than make up for the price rather quickly.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
huh? 100W for a lamp, is it not much electricity? let's me count..1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8...totally 8 lamps in my house. Ya, you may right, i should change lamps type, LED lights are better?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
24 Jul 12
well, i am the one that gets mad at everyone leaving the lights on. i am the one that always remembers. everyone else seems to forget, even my hubby, that is until he saw the last bill! now he is getting after the kids to turn off the lights too.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
hihihi, i understand your feeling...since forgetting to turn off lamps will make money in the bill higher. I live alone, then i blame myself only...you can remind your hubby and kids when they haven't turned off lamps yet...they will remember it in the next time...
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
24 Jul 12
It's actually my bathroom lights that I seem to always forget to turn off most of the time. I tell myself before leaving the house to check all lights and make sure they are off, and I come home surprised to find out that my bathroom light was left on. Sometimes I feel stupid. I do check the switches and plugs, but I am still shocked how I could have missed the same thing several times.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
25 Jul 12
Me toooo, i checked all...but bathroom lamps still on when i go home.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 12
Ryan, i ever experienced power cut a few times last year. So far, it is good this year i haven't experience any power cut in my area here yet. I don't really the power cut especially when the weather is very hot. There is a time when we experience power cut while having our lunch. We have to quickly lunch and go to the nearest shopping mall, to cool down. In fact, there are a few times that i forgot to switch off a few lamps. The very last time when i had a power cut, i remembered to switched off all my lamps except the door lamp. At least, when we are back, we won't be in the dark.
@ryanong (9694)
• Vietnam
24 Jul 12
Oh, then it is good for you in there. No one expect to get electricity cut off.. In here, i don't know why electricity is cut off without notice at all. I had many times like that already, i made wrong act between switch on and off then lamps are on when i go home...