Reduce Your Electricity Bill
"Little drops of water, tiny grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the great vast land."
The same can be said about your home’s total electricity consumption: it is the sum of all the electric appliances one uses from small to
large which includes light bulbs, mobile chargers, water heaters, the refrigerator, air conditioner, washing machine and a host of other
gadgets. Your energy consumption will skyrocket if you are not prudent in the way you use them.
Can you imagine staying in the dark with no light to turn on? Would you be able to bear the sweltering heat, on a hot summer day, without
the cool comfort of an air-conditioner or fan? Wouldn’t you like to have a quickly heated meal in the microwave oven or a refreshing cold
drink from the refrigerator? These then are just some of the reasons why you need to SAVE ENERGY.
- One of the best energy-saving devices is the light switch. Turn off lights when not required.
- As far as possible use task lighting, which focuses light where it's needed. A reading lamp, for example,
lights only reading material rather than the whole room.
- Dirty tube lights and bulbs reflect less light and can absorb 50 percent of the light; dust your tube
lights and lamps regularly.
- Use of white or light colours for walls, ceilings, curtains, drapes and furniture retains more light
within the building and therefore further reduces the cost of lighting.
- Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs convert electricity to visible light up to 5 times more efficiently
than ordinary bulbs and thus save about 75% of electricity for the same lighting levels.
- Use of transparent lamps and lampshades gives the advantage of changing to low wattage bulbs.
- Avoid storing hot / warm food in the refrigerator.
- Do not set the temperature regulator of the refrigerator at high if the quantity of food
within is small. Also, stack food items inside to allow air circulation.
- Refrigerator motors and compressors generate heat, so allow enough space for continuous airflow
around refrigerator. If the heat can't escape, the refrigerator's cooling system will work harder and use more energy.
- Think about what you need before opening refrigerator door. You'll reduce the amount
of time the door remains open.
WATER HEATER AND GENERAL ELECTRICAL ITEMS
- By reducing the temperature setting of water heater from 60 degrees to 50 degrees C, one
could save over 18 percent of the energy used at the higher setting.
- A Table fan use less electricity than ceiling fans. Use electronic regulators for ceiling fans.
- Iron your clothes and linen all in one go. Do not keep the hot iron upright since more heat will be lost.
- Use ceiling or table fan as first line of defense against summer heat. Ceiling fans, for instance,
cost about 30 paise an hour to operate - much less than air conditioners (Rs.10 per hour).
- You can reduce air-conditioning energy use by as much as 40 percent by shading your home's windows and
walls. Plant trees and shrubs to keep the day's hottest sun off your house.
- Clean the air-conditioner filter every month. A dirty air filter reduces airflow and may damage the
unit. Clean filters enable the unit to cool down quickly and use less energy.
- One will use 3 to 5 percent less energy for each degree air conditioner is set above22°C (71.5°F),
so set the thermostat of room air conditioner at 25°C (77°F) to provide most comfort at least cost.
- Turn off your home / office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hours a day, for instance,
uses - more power than an energy-efficient refrigerator.
- If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses more than half the system's energy.
- Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to 'sleep-mode' when not in use helps cut energy costs by
- Battery chargers, such as those for laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, draw power whenever
they are plugged in and are very inefficient. Pull the plug and save energy.
- Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start-ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, nor
are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shutting computers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system
wear - and saves energy.
There are a lot more ways to save energy and it's important that everyone pitches in. Make a checklist on things your family can do to
save energy. Together we all can make a difference!