Here's How To Legally Lower Your Electricity Bill (Infographic)

In times of rising inflation and stagnating wages, monthly electricity bills are draining your wallet incrementally. It makes your already overdrawn budget difficult to manage.

But if I tell you, there is a way out of this serious problem. It’s possible to cut your bills without going over the legal boundary. Here are the simple ways using which you can lower your electricity bills:

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1. Switch To LED

LEDs are known for their higher energy efficiency compared to conventional light sources. In fact, they use at least 75% less energy than alternative CFL bulbs. It is therefore advisable to switch to energy-efficient LED Bulbs.

2. Avoid Phantom Loss Using Power Strip

We have all heard of phantom stories that excite and sometimes make us anxious. But in the world of electricity there are phantoms that lead to energy losses. It’s a well-researched phenomenon, and studies suggest that around 10% of a household’s average energy is lost through these losses.

Even if a device is not operational, it consumes energy and leads to phantom losses. To avoid this, it is recommended to disconnect the device when it is not in use. However, this can be very redundant when done for every device in the home. With a power strip, you can turn off all of your devices at the same time avoiding energy losses.

3. Keep Appliances Clean

Devices ranging from small to large can use a lot of energy. After prolonged application, a considerable amount of dust deposits on their surface. Dirty coils put additional strain on your refrigerator and increase energy consumption. This makes them less energy efficient than if they were kept clean. I have to say, the good old habit of keeping the environment clean can pay off in many ways.

4. Best Practices For Refrigerator

  • Put your refrigerator in the coolest place possible.
  • Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources such as heat emitting devices, dishwasher, set top box or direct sunlight through a window.
  • Maintain the clearance between the refrigerator and the wall to allow proper airflow.
  • Open the door of your device as little as possible and as briefly as possible.
  • Repair the door seals if they don’t close properly (or replace the unit if it’s too expensive).

5. Best Practices For Washing Machine

  • Use Cold Water – Nowadays most washing machines come with a hot water feature to aid deep cleaning. On an average washing machine consumes 150% more power to heat water than normal. To save a considerable amount of energy it is advisable to prefer cold water if not necessary.
  • Reduce Washing Cycle – The best way to wash your clothes is to have enough clothes so that you can load them fully. This will shorten the wash cycle to keep your clothes clean. You save enough electricity because the washing machine uses the same amount of electricity regardless of the amount of laundry.
  • Avoid dryer mode – We all want things to be done ASAP. But this habit can come at a cost. Drying your laundry in a washing machine uses a lot of electricity, which is freely possible by hanging your clothes outdoors.

6. Best Practices For Air Conditioner

Keep Right Temperature – Due to an ordinance issued by the Ministry of Energy, from January 1, 2020, all air conditioning systems will have a standard temperature setting of 24 ° C. Consumers who wish to use them at lower temperatures can use them manually. This decision has a specific rationale that a reduction from 18 ° C to 24 ° C will reduce energy consumption by 24%. Therefore, 24 ° C is the ideal temperature for air conditioning to strike a balance between energy saving and comfort for residential purposes.

Use Fan + AC Synergy – When you come home on a hot day, your first inclination might be to turn the air conditioner on the coldest setting. But energy experts say this doesn’t speed up the cooling process. In fact, it makes your AC device harder than necessary. This will use even more energy, which will add to your electricity bill. There are other ways you can maximize the cold air coming out of your air conditioner. Using a fan with your air conditioner can significantly lower the hot temperatures in your home – and cut your energy bills.

Avoid Using Heating Devices – Avoid using heat emitting devices such as dryers and ovens during the hottest hours of the day. When you run your dryer it draws warm air into your home, and using your oven adds extra warm air to your home, making your air conditioner work harder.

7. Have Shades For Windows

In summer, air conditioning systems experience a higher energy load compared to other times of the year. Closing the blinds allows you to block out direct sunlight and the heat from the sun. They reduce unwanted solar heat gains and keep your home cooler. They also serve as insulation in winter and reduce the possible loss of heat through the window.

8. Use Energy Efficient Products

The use of energy-efficient devices is the key to long-term energy savings. For example, current energy-efficient refrigerators consume 40 percent less energy than conventional models in 2001. Likewise, when using ceiling fans, always use capacitors which offer zero to minimal loss of capacitance. This ensures maximum energy utilization and best energy use for the money.

Wiring installations are carried out for a very long period of time and cannot be changed frequently. They account for a significant portion of our energy consumption. Having a wiring installation with 100% bundled highly conductive wires and cables offer lower internal resistance. This leads to considerable energy savings compared with alternatives.

These small energy saving steps will surely compound and save a significant amount of your electricity bills. If you have another creative way to reduce energy consumption. Feel free to email us your valuable ideas on saving electricity bills.

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