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Don’t Know Where The Money Goes

August 26, 2010

This happened last weekend when I was visiting my uncle’s place. The bell rang and I opened the door to collect the monthly electricity bill. Going by the mailman’s face, I must have looked shocked.

The ridiculously high amount made me wonder how people could be so indifferent about such a huge bill! All of us know that our bills are unnecessarily high but we always have something to blame it on, like an old meter or the good ol’ electricity theft. That might indeed be the case for some of us, but what about other wasteful reasons we overlook? Like sleeping or reading a newspaper while the TV is on? We all think we have spent that time sleeping or reading the newspaper but forget that our meter has been running all this while.

We all talk about it; but what are we really doing about it? You don’t have to buy a new house to change your consumption patters. Just keep a check on your daily actions. For instance, not only must you switch off the lights in a vacant room, but also tell others to do so. If you have a second TV, fridge, air conditioner or water heater, ask yourself if you really need to keep them running.

So here is what you can do to actually keep a check on where that money goes.

  1. The refrigerator that served you for 20 years, now needs some rest! That’s because they are not very energy efficient, although they last long. In fact, they can be two times less energy-efficient as compared to new ones.
  2. The water drips and drips from different ends of your house. Do you know that some of the worst water leaks are found inside the toilet? You might think of it as a minor thing, but can you imagine the amount of water that gets wasted? Get it fixed right away! Or don’t complain if you don’t get water even for a single day!
  3. The air conditioning in your rooms is not getting enough air returns. You think the voltage is low and put on your fans because the AC is not cooling enough. Well, what comes next? A doubled electricity bill! Check if the air grills are covered and your air filters clean. Too little cross air can make your ACs inefficient.
  4. Gardening and landscape activities increase water wastage if not dealt with care.
  5. Most or all the lights in your house are on! You might have guests or a large family but doesn’t it make sense if you turn off the lights of vacant rooms? Why not sit together and enjoy each other’s company, at least once in a while.
  6. Is it the room mate effect? Each member of the house has a different level of thermal comfort and a different level of concern for energy conservation. The energy practices of the least concerned and least conserving individual often become the norm for all residents. So make sure you check your actions and make others follow it too.
  7. And, in the end, don’t forget to check and re-check your electricity bill closely because errors can be costly.

Cutting electricity bills helps especially when it is for yourself and for the environment. And I can guarantee you that it will surely make you and your pocket feel better!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Srividya permalink
    August 26, 2010 12:21 pm

    Very well said, every single point here makes sense but sadly, people are still not literate enough to implement these!

    • August 31, 2010 7:17 am

      Dear Srividya,

      True! Only we as individuals can make a difference first and spread the message.

      regards,
      Elex

    • Igwe.D.Day electrical Stors permalink
      October 3, 2011 7:02 pm

      I deal on elect. Havells is good

  2. Igwe.D.Day electrical Stors permalink
    October 3, 2011 7:06 pm

    Havells is a good product

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