Do you remember back when you were younger and your parents were constantly behind you to turn off the light? As soon as you left the room they were on you, “Turn dat light off!”. I remember, and now i understand.
Let me ask you another question, how hard do you work for your money? I personally work very hard for my money and i don’t like donating it to a multimillion dollar corporation. Especially when that corporation constantly turns my electricity off and have me sweating in the heat.
B.E.C has raised its rates twice so far that i know of and now they’re saying if the government doesn’t extend their tax exemption the cost will be passed on to the customers. Thats You btw. How much are you paying BEC monthly? Too Much?
A Co-worker of mine felt the same way. His monthly bill was over four hundred dollars! He started looking for ways to reduce his bill, so far he has cut his bill by 70% from $442.00 to $136.00 per month and has plans to reduce it further. I asked him what he did, here’s what he told me….
Compact Fluorescent Lamp(CFL)Lightbulbs
The first thing he did was change all the lightbulbs in his home to CFL lightbulbs. You probably already heard this tip before since its pretty commonly known now.
But surprisingly alot of people don’t follow it because the bulbs themselves can be more expensive than the regular 75W bulbs. However they last between 8 and 15 times the regular bulbs.
A US article stated “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFLs would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity.
Energy Efficient Appliances
He also made sure all of his appliances were energy efficient. Today there are many energy efficient appliances that have little impact on their intended use. The only impact is saving you money and helping protect the environment. So next time you buy a microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker or any appliance make sure its energy efficient.
I decided to put the next 3 appliances on their own because they are often the biggest energy users in your home.
This is one of the most costly appliances in your home because it will be on 24 hours a day. Like in the previous tip you should make sure your fridge is energy efficient. Here are several additional tips;
- A modern refrigerator will use 40% less energy than one bought in 2001
- Keep your fridge between 3 and 6 degrees celsius (38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Try to avoid staring in the fridge for long periods of time and don’t leave the door open while you do something else.
- Avoid putting warm leftovers in your refrigerator. Let them cool to room temperature and then put them in.
This is another one of the most costly appliances in your house. But unlike your refrigerator it doesn’t have to run 24hrs. My co-worker bought a Timer to control when his heater is on.
He probably only runs his water heater 3 hrs each day. Most of us work in the day so there is no need for your water heater to be wasting energy keeping your water heated all day. Set your timer to turn on 1 hour prior to waking up each morning and 2hrs prior to coming home in the evening. Doing this alone could reduce your bill by up to 33%
If you have an electric dryer it may be the second greatest energy consumer in your home behind your refrigerator. The convenience of not having to go to the wash house comes directly out of your pocket.
Your best option is to hang your clothes on a line, we do live in the land of SUN sand and sea after all. Your second option is to wash at home and dry at the wash house. I think the latter is more practical. But if you insist, just be prepared to pay BEC a hefty sum.
Stop Energy Vampires:
Modern homes are full of electrical devices that drain your electricity without you even knowing. Next time you turn of your lights at night, look around and see how many glowing red/green/blue lights you have. These are the energy vampires.
Another type of energy vampire is the many adapters for the various devices we have. They Consume energy even when they’re not in use and we just leave them plugged in all the time! Just like the water heater there is no need for these devices to be plugged in all the time. Make sure all unused appliances are unplugged at night and when you leave for work each morning.
If you follow these tips you will be saving more of your hard earned money to spend on things YOU want. And you will be helping to cut green house emissions at the same time. Thats called a “win win”.
I’m trying to put these tips in place myself. I will make a follow up post with my results.