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Tips On Saving Electricity The Easy Way
Tips Electricity Saving
Are you felling the hit on your pocket on your monthly electricity bills, especially when the price of the gas is kept on rising and impacting electricity rate? When the rate of electricity increase in June 2011 in Malaysia due to increase of global gas price, my household electricity spending increased from average of RM70 to over RM120. It is an increase of almost 70% per month. In other words, I’ll be spending almost RM1500 a year if I keep on doing what I’m doing at that time. Just image how much we can do with the saving of RM800+ instead of paying for electricity unnecessarily. I would like to share some tips on how to can we reduce electricity usage the easy way, some small things that we might overlooked.
House lighting is one of the most used items in our daily life. Either it is morning or even night, we might just on the light for the sake of so called beautifying the house. If it is not necessary to on the light all day long, just turn them off. Under circumstances where lighting must be on, then change all the normal bulbs to energy saving bulb. Most of the house fixture will be using normal bulb with 60W rating, some can even go up to 100W. By changing all the normal bulb of 60W (average usage of around 3 hours to 4 hours per day) to energy saving bulb, you can actually save around RM1 per month, but with the equivalent brightness. Imagine if you are using for 24 hours, how much you can actually save.
TV, radio and other appliances
A lot of people just turn the TV or radio on unattended while they are actually doing other stuff eg chatting with someone on skype or playing computer games. If not using, just turn them off. The same goes to other appliances. Some of us just off the appliances and let them be in standby mode. Take example of LCD TV. I believe most of us just off the LCD TV and let it be on standby mode when go to sleep. Believe it or not, the standby mode actually consumes electricity for as high as 100kW per year. That is almost equivalent to wasting around RM24 more per year or around RM 2 per month. So, make sure main power that connected to appliances to be off as well.
We all know that using refrigerator is necessary and we need to on all the time in order to keep the things inside to be fresh all time long. Don’t just simply open and close the refrigerator, every time you open and close the refrigerator door, you actually increase the temperature for about 5 degrees celcius. Remember to set -18 celcius instead of -21 celcius. The differences of 3 celcius may save you around RM1 per month. How we stuff our food inside refrigerator also impact the compressor loading. A well stuff refrigerator will allow less air to be cooled. Also remember to wrap the food. The moisture that discrete out will actually force the compressor to work harder. Quarterly you need to do air leakage test. Just put piece of paper in between the door and the unit and see whether the paper will slide down. If it slides down, then it means that leaking occurred. You need to fix it immediately. Make sure you also purchase energy star refrigerator. Never compromise for saving of less than RM100 for none energy star compliance refrigerator as energy star refrigerator will help you save at least 20% more. In long run, your will be able to save more than RM100.
When talk about heating, that means consume a lot of electricity. The more you used it, the more money you will be burned. So, we need to use them wisely. Never iron just the cloth that you want to wear on that day, instead iron all the cloths at once. You will be saving the energy to heat up the iron every times. Cut down the usage of water heater as well. What’s the point of taking a bath with water heater when the outside temperature is at 28 to 30 degree celcius.
Understanding air conditioner load rating is important as it will save you a lot of money. An example of 1HP with load rating of 850W versus 950W, the usage of 6 hours a day of 1HP with rating of 850W will help you save around RM5 per month. Understanding your room space and decided on the air conditioner location is also vital. It is no point to put 2HP of air conditioning if your living room is on rectangular shape and the unit is facing one half of the living room. The best is to put two 1HP aircon, one on each half. Off course the best is to use ceiling fan instead of air conditioner.
Laundry is something that is unavoidable. For me, last time I used to do my own laundry daily. I start realizing that I’m actually wasting electricity as well as water. Now I changed my laundry to once a week for full load. For big family, changing daily part load to 2-3 full loads per weeks will enable you to save around RM3 per month. I also noticed some people in country without 4 seasons, eg Malaysia, Singapore etc was using dryer to dry their laundry. Come on, go natural. Just dry it under sunlight. Even with less sunlight, a windy breeze should be sufficient as after the spinning of the laundry, they almost dried.
Laptop and desktop
Some people like to leave their laptop or desktop on for no reason. Even under screen saver mode, it still consumed electricity. I used to leave my laptop running overnight for when I played online game for auto leveling for at least 3 days a week. Guess what, my bill actually increased by around RM8 to RM10 per month. I stop doing that even when I played online games. If there is really no necessary to complete an overnight task, just shut them down for total saving money or at least put them in sleep mode. Bare in mind, sleep mode also consume electricity, just a small portion. Another tip on using laptop is charging handphone. Nowadays, most handphone already equipped with charging through USB. So, start using them. You can kill 2 birds in one stone.
The above tips are something that I tried and work for me. My bill is back to my old amount even with increasing rate. Nevertheless, it still just tips and hopefully it will be as helpful to you as mine.