Stop wasting money and lower your electric bill with these tips
With the rising cost of living, it always pays to employ all ways to lower your monthly electric bill. Sometimes, you turn off lights when not needed, use smaller-screen televisions, or use the electric iron less often, and yet you still find your electric bill going up.
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Below are some more reasons why your electric bill might be rising. It will be very prudent to keep a constant watch on these energy-drainers, because they may be the culprits bleeding you dry.
#1: Put your computer to sleep when not in use
It is not really realistic to turn on your computer to make a tweet, then to turn it off for a few minutes, then on again for a Facebook update. But keeping it on for long periods of non-use really takes a toll on your electric bill. To save on consumption, if you have a desktop, turn off the monitor when the computer is not being used for more than 20 minutes. Newer, more sleek laptops and desktops are now equipped with a “sleep” button – literally putting your power on sleep, but keeping all programs ready for the next time you reactivate it. Some laptops may also be adjusted so that it automatically turns off (even without pushing any buttons) if you mindlessly leave it open and unused for long periods of time. Laptops also use considerably lower amounts of electricity as compared to the more traditional desktops.
#2: Replace your old air-conditioner
If you think you’re saving money by hanging on to that aircon unit your mum handed down to you, then you are driven by false economy. Sure, it’s costly to buy a new one, but keeping your rickety 80’s-90’s era unit will end up driving up your electric cost and eating at your household budget – in repairs, cleaning, and power consumption. And no matter how well maintained it is, it is still old and outdated, and very soon, it will die a natural death. So much for savings. Air-conditioning is one of the main reasons for electric power consumption, thus any unit older than 10 years consumes 30% more than its newer energy-efficient versions. When seeking a replacement, choose one with a high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Also, it would be good to buy a unit specifically apt for the area that needs to be cooled. If you buy a high horsepower unit, you waste so much more electricity, plus people in that area will feel so unusually cold, you’ll be forced to put it on fan, and therefore wasting even more electric power..
#3: Keep your refrigerator well-maintained
A good working refrigerator does not have to be on high all the time to keep all its contents cold. The recommended temperature range should be between 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice that it takes a much higher temp to keep your food fresh, then check if the gaskets (those rubber things in between the fridge door and the fridge body) are closing properly. T If not, have them replaced. his is a common problem that wastes elcetric power. Also, it’s no longer wise to use a refrigerator that needs to be defrosted. If you have one, though, make sure you defrost them at least 3 times a month. Those thick chunks of ice hinder the effectiveness of the refrigerators functions, thus necessitating you to put the temp on high.
by: Michael Griffiths