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How to Reduce Electricity Bills~ Useful Tips to Save Power and Keep The Earth Green!

Updated on May 10, 2017
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Chitrangada cares for Nature and it's inhabitants.She wants to create awareness among people for environment care and reforestation.

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How To Reduce Your Electricity Bills And Keep The Earth Green!

© Chitrangada Sharan June 2014,

All Rights Reserved.

  • Once upon a time, there were no Air conditioners, no Geysers, no Room Heaters.
  • Once upon a time there were no Refrigerators, Microwave Ovens and other many Electrical appliances.
  • Once upon a time, there were no Computers, Mobile phones, Electronic gadgets.
  • Once upon a time there were no AC cars.
  • But the people in those times were healthier, because the environment was pure, healthy, fresh, green and non polluted.
  • We all are aware about the harmful effects these electrical and electronic appliances can have on the environment.

But does that mean that we should stop using them?

NOT AT ALL!

In fact we are so much dependent on all these appliances, that we can not think of life without them. I feel that even our resistance or tolerance has also decreased.

The other day, I had a discussion with a senior officer of the Electricity company, who is also an electrical engineer about how to reduce the high electricity bills. Here are some of the highlights, I want to share with all of you.

Periodic maintenance of Air Conditioners is necessary to reduce electricity bills and save energy
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Simple Tips To Not Only Reduce Your Electricity Bills, But Also To Keep The Earth Greener!

1. Check the energy rating of electric appliances before purchasing them:


Energy efficient appliances consumes significantly less electricity, as compared to older and more conventional models.

The good news is that most of the companies are making varieties of such appliances. You can check the labels, when you go to buy them.

In India, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators etc. have efficiency rating labels printed on the appliances and they range from 1 to 5.stars.

The higher the rating that is the stars, the more money you save and contribute towards a healthier environment.

2. Cool roofs reduce air conditioning costs to a great extent:


Painting the roofs white or lining the roof with white tiles on residential as well as commercial buildings can reduce costs of air conditioning bills as much as 20 to 25%.

Along with this the places. where the Air conditioner is not installed also are cooler and more comfortable, during scorching heat.

Reduced roof temperature means increased roof life.

3. Place your Refrigerator away from Sunlight and walls:


Make sure that your refrigerator is placed away from any heat source, including direct Sunlight.

Allow enough space around the refrigerator for continuous airflow. If the heat ca not escape, the cooling system will have to work much harder, therefore using more energy.

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4. Switch to LED bulbs:

LED lighting is 8 times more energy efficient than an incandescent bulb and twice as energy efficient as a CFL, compact fluorescent lamps.

80% of the energy consumed by an ordinary bulb goes into generating heat rather than light.

The average life span of a LED bulb is around 50,000 hours as compared to 8,000-10,000 hours for a CFL and around 1,200 hours for an incandescent bulb.

Note: (All this information has been gathered by the local Electricity company at Delhi.)

5. Switch off your appliances, when you are not using them:

Putting your appliances on 'stand by' mode does not stop the usage of electricity. Your meter will continue to record consumption until the main switch is turned off.

We have this habit of using the remote for TV, for Air conditioners. This keeps the appliances on a 'stand by' mode and a huge loss of electricity.

Switch off your computers, when you are not using them. Because even if it is in the 'sleep' mode, it is consuming electricity.

A Laptop consumes less electricity as compared to a Desktop computer.

Inkjet printers consume less electricity as compared to Laser printers.

6. Use Sun control films on windows to further reduce air conditioning costs:

Sun control films insulate homes, offices and other spaces from solar radiation and Ultra violet exposure that bring undue heat.

These films reduce power needs and also protect humans from the ill effects of the UV rays.

These films help to save energy by rejecting substantial amount of heat.

Switch off lights, when not in use!
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7. Conserving energy, while using Microwave ovens:

You can save a lot of cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven rather than a regular oven.

To reduce cooking time, you can soak the vegetables etc, in hot water before placing them in Microwave oven.

Place larger and solid items towards the outside edge of the dish, because microwaves cook from the outer to the center of the dish.

8. Plants reduce air conditioning costs:


Lining the windows and walls with plants helps to reduce energy consumption.

Plants insulate the rooms from heat, which helps your air conditioner to do less work to do.

9. Prevent 'earth leakages':


An 'earth leakage' not only leads to electricity wastage but it can also lead to shocks, which may be fatal for human life.

There are devices to detect even the smallest leakages in your homes. This system automatically trips and disconnects the electricity supply to the equipment in your home.

Such devices also detect faulty internal wiring. On detection, this Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker, ELCB, immediately trips.

This prevents wastage of energy/ electricity and a possible accident. However, a qualified electrician must check the internal wiring if such a situation occurs.

10. Using Solar energy:


Solar energy goes a long way to reduce our over dependence on fossil fuels.

Solar energy is a renewable energy, which can decrease pollution levels, reduce your electricity bills and make the environment cleaner and healthy.

Solar water heaters, Solar cookers are readily available and using them will help to reduce burden on your pockets and on mother earth, by saving energy.

Honestly, do you switch off your appliances, when not in use?

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To conclude:

  • Besides the above mentioned tips, we can adopt some natural ways too, such as closing the doors and windows before the Sun becomes too hot.
  • Allow fresh air in homes in the the mornings and evenings.
  • Planting more and more trees in and around our homes. Cutting of trees unceremoniously should be avoided.
  • An earth day is celebrated in most parts of the country to save energy, when everyone switches off lights in the peak consumption hours.
  • Following these simple tips not only reduces your electricity bills and you save your money. It also helps to reduce the pollution that is emitted from these non renewable sources of energy.
  • This will help to keep the earth greener and each one of us should realize the urgency and importance this has for mankind.
  • If all of us do our bit the earth will be healthy and pollution free in the same way as it was earlier.

Note: Watch the useful video at the end!

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All wonderful suggestions my friend, and a very important topic. Now if people will only do these things. :)

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      This informative hub should be read by millions. Thank you very much for the excellent suggestions.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for your visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked it and I hope everyone does their bit to save energy. It is in the interest of our children, the future generation.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks ARUNKANTIji, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you found the suggestions informative and useful.

      Thanks!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I really need to get into the habit of unplugging appliances when not in use helpful tips here. One should consider your valuable information.

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      informationshelte 3 years ago

      When it comes to saving energy, and as a result, our planet, the plan should be to follow little steps to reach big goals gradually, as your tips suggest. If every single person on earth tried to apply only a tiny percentage of small-scale actions on a daily basis towards saving the planet, the result would be much more effective than waiting for long-term measures by governments. Those decisions are usually slow to be made and even slower to be applied.

      I would also like to suggest another way to use solar power and cut the cost of food preparation, by using a solar oven. It's even more energy and money-saving than using a microwave oven.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Great information chitrangada, I actually do warm up the veg before I put it in the microwave, usually in a bowl of warm water, all these ideas are great, voted up and shared! nell

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      The window film sounds like a great idea. I'll have to look at that. Agree with the microwave use for conserving and time... although there are a few things that just don't cook well in it. Wasn't entirely aware of the earth leakages. Interesting. Voted up, interesting and sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      All very useful. We are conserving both energy and water these days. Hope this comment finds you well

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good hub, with invaluable information that we all need to put into practice. Voted up and shared.

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      OSBERT JOEL C 3 years ago from CHENNAI

      Nice information!! You have really done a great job. In a developing country ours saving of energy is very important. But no one cares about that. Well done...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Devika, for stopping by!

      Glad you liked the hub and yes, each one of us should take care to switch off appliances, when not in use.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks informationshelte, for your visit and insightful comments!

      You are right, taking even small but concrete steps can make us reach big goals towards a greener earth.

      Thanks for adding to this hub by suggesting use of Solar cookers.

      Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nell, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

      I am glad that you liked the suggestions to reduce the electricity bills in this hub.

      One of my friends had suggested to soak the veggies in warm water before cooking in the microwave. You are doing the right thing.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks heidithorne, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      The window film is very effective way to reduce consumption of power. I have also gradually learnt microwave cooking. Of course there are certain things which can not be cooked in it, but there are varieties of nutritious recipes which can be cooked- fast and economical.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks AudreyHowitt, for stopping by!

      Good to know that you are conserving both energy and water.

      I am glad that you found this information useful.

      I am fine and wish you a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad to know that you found the hub useful.

      Many thanks for the share and votes!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks goodnews11, for stopping by!

      I am glad that you found the hub useful. Power consumption increases during the summer season. This prompted me to explore the possibilities of saving some energy.

      Thanks for your appreciation!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Add Your Comment…These are all wonderful tips. It was a good idea for you to interview someone from the electric company.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked the tips!

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      Nilesh oza 2 years ago from Mumbai

      These tips are great and very easy to use at home & office.......

      ECOLiving Get ideas to save energy and money on lighting, water heating, appliances when you green your kitchen, this are the best ways to save energy and lower your electricity bill with smart lighting and water heating, energy-efficient appliances, and ideas for reducing phantom power. Nice Article

      Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you virazoza, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked this hub. By following simple tips we can conserve energy and save our money as well.

      Thanks for your insightful comments!

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      Marina 2 years ago from Clarksville TN

      Great green suggestions!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Marina7, for reading and commenting!

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      Gurunath 2 years ago from Hyderabad

      Good tips... Chitrangada Sharan hope everybody practice doing that...and save our planet

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you gnathblogs, for reading and commenting on this article!

      Glad you found the tips useful.

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      Glenn Stok 8 months ago from Long Island, NY

      There are so many ways to save energy and you have provided a great list of tips. I always shut off lights when I leave a room, but there are definitely other things that can be done as you have mentioned.

      When you mentioned the sun control films, you reminded me of something else I can do right away: Adjust the blinds, where the sun is shining in, so that the light doesn't heat up the house in the summer.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Glenn Stock for your kind visit and valuable feedback!

      I am glad you liked the tips and thanks for adding another useful suggestion.

      Thanks and a very good day to you!

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