Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In any household or business establishment, the electricity bill makes for a large overhead expense every month. Households typically have a number of home appliances, from refrigerators to washers and dryers that use up much energy. On the other hand, business and commercial spaces have lighting and equipment up and running for most of the day, so this factors into the electricity bill as well.
Consider these tips for reducing your energy usage and saving on your electricity bill in the process.
Turn off lights and unplug appliances
Turning off lights and appliances when not in use is an obvious way to save electricity. However, the same may not be the case for some appliances, as some still consume energy even while turned off. Unplug your appliances and shave off a few hundred pesos on your electricity bill. If you find unplugging every appliance in your home too much of a hassle, opt for a power strip with switches. This way, you can unplug all your appliances with just the one switch.
Use CFL bulbs in lieu of incandescent bulbs
Swap your incandescent bulbs for CFL bulbs or compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFL bulbs may last up to ten times longer than your average incandescent bulb. It can also use up to seventy five percent less energy, making it a cost-effective alternative to incandescent lighting.
Maintain your air conditioner
With the country’s hot and humid climate, having an air conditioner is a must. Most households use air conditioners daily, and this contributes a lot to their electricity bills. Keep your air conditioning unit clean and well maintained to ensure its energy efficiency. It’s best to clean your air conditioner’s filters every month.
Employ motion sensors
Sometimes, forgetting to turn off the lights is inevitable, particularly in common areas, like the living room and stair landing. If you have young kids at home, they may still not have acquired the habit of turning off the lights. Having motion sensors in the kid’s bedroom and common areas will help save on energy costs.