Are your electricity bills going through the roof despite using a prepaid meter? Every month more and more families find themselves falling into debt because they are paying so much for electric power. They wonder what they can do to conserve electricity, and stop the bills from increasing every month, causing debt, and making personal savings impossible.
In this article, I will show you 6 tricks that many people have used to pay less for electricity and save money while conserving electricity.
Your power bill is directly related to the number of appliances you use, and the frequency with which you use them. Cutting down your electricity bills therefore means using these simple but legal tricks.
If you could conserve your electricity, what kind of difference would that make on your monthly spending? Put another way; how much would you be saving yearly?
- Switch off your appliances. To conserve electricity, always ensure you switch off your home appliances when not in use. This could be from larger appliances like water heater to something little as wall sockets. Smaller appliances add up the electricity bill also. Don’t just unplug; make sure they are switched off especially at night.
- Run Full Loads. It is advisable to wait until your washing machine or dishwasher is full before washing. Don’t use your washing machine or dishwasher if they are only half full. And when buying dishwashers, buy models that have short washing cycles as it saves energy.
- Replace your electrical bulbs, incandescent light with LED lights. Energy bulbs such as LED, CFL conserve electricity or energy better than the incandescent lights or fluorescent bulbs. Also, it is important to check the watt rating of an energy bulb when purchasing one. 7 or 11 watts energy bulbs will save you more money than 36 watts energy bulb.
- You might want to check your Geyser/Water Heater. Geyser/water heaters use more electricity than most other appliances. Water heaters alone consume 14% of energy. Imagine what happens when you leave them on. Set your electrical Geyser’s thermostat at 50 °c to 60°c to conserve electricity. Also, it should have a thermal geyser blanket.
- Pressing iron. Electric irons are designed to consume energy. Is your iron’s thermostat working? You must have observed the automatic power on/off function of an electric iron. That’s the work of a thermostat. A thermostat regulates the heat ensuring maintenance of constant temperature. If the thermostat is faulty, ironing would consume your energy. To conserve electricity, do not use your pressing iron if the thermostat is faulty.
- Install Solar Panels. Put solar panels on your roof. Although the initial cost of purchasing a solar system is high, it would save you money in the long run. When you generate your own energy with a roof top PV system, you are locking in energy costs at a constant rate. Thus, you would be saving a lot at the end of the month.
- Buy LED TV. When purchasing a new TV, opt for an LED (light-emitting diode) TV that has a Watt rating below 70. (The watt depends on the size.) Here is why you should choose an LED TV: an LED TV uses light-emitting diodes for backlighting and uses less power as opposed to a conventional LCD TV. Though they utilize an LCD screen, the source of light in the television sets of this TV is an LED, hence the name. Depending on the size of your TV, imagine that you leave your TV on for a minimum of 10 hours each week multiplied by the rate you currently pay per kilowatt-hour.
Now, if you have more than one TV, do you know how much you would be giving the power company at the end of the month? I hope you see that opting for an LED TV can save you money.
Many families have been able to save because they have been conserving their energy by following these simple tricks for years. Money which would have been spent on electricity bills have been converted or channeled to another important course such as starting an emergency fund or another important course, you too can do the same.