Posted by John on February 10, 2009, 11:16 pm
How to reduce your electricity bill
If you have been bogged by the enormous electricity bills you have
been getting, it is time to take some concrete steps. You can reduce
your electricity bills by following very simple steps.
This article will list some simple, easy-to-do things to reduce your
Limited use: Start with the room you are sitting in. If you were to
take a call in another room or join your family at the dining table,
would you just step out of your room without any concern for the
electrical appliances in the room? If you would, stop right there, and
look around. Switch off all the appliances even if you would be back
in five minutes. Yes, even that will help. Every drop of water
constitutes to the ocean.
Another thing to take care of here is what you perceive as an
electronic appliance. Would you switch off the television set, turn
off the fan, but not the light bulb? Yes, you need light, but not now
when you are leaving the room. Taking care of these small things will
go a long way in reducing the dreaded huge electricity bills.
Smart investments: Make some smart power investments by replacing your
incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. These
bulbs are a great power-saving investment.
Buy the Power Save gadget. The gadget helps monitor the power supply
to your house and uses the minimum that is needed.
Home appliance usage: Most of us complain that the electricity bill
touches the sky because of the number of electrical appliances they
have at home. However, the electricity bill is not directly
proportional to the number of gadgets you use but the way you use
them. Lets see how you can avoid the typical power-wasters.
Use the washing machine only when there is a full load of clothes.
Keep the geyser on for the minimal amount of time.
Keep the air-conditioner at the minimum low or high temperature,
just enough to keep you off the heat or the cold outside.
Switch off the computer monitor even when you take a one-minute
break. It takes just a second to switch on the monitor again!
Yeah, you have to stick to this way of life for saving power at home
and for the world.
Remember, reducing your electricity bill is equivalent to saving
power, thus helping the world save power for its future generations.
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Posted by Eeyore on February 11, 2009, 12:03 am
INSULATE the damn house.
Posted by SolarScott on February 11, 2009, 4:20 pm
www.solar-estimate.org has a page about energy efficiency at
Payback (Months) for various energy efficiency measures:
3 High efficiency showerhead 400%
13 Fireplace pillow-stops air leakage up chimney 91%
14 Bathroom faucet aerator 84%
17 Attic insulation (R-0 to R-38) 69%
23 Compact fluorescent bulb 53%
23 Kitchen faucet aerator 51%
25 Wrap 15' hot and cold water heater pipes 48%
38 Replace incandescent porch light fixture with CFL bulb 32%
43 Attic insulation (average) 28%
44 Duct insulation and sealing 27%
68 Wall insulation (R-0 to R-25) 18%
88 Floor insulation (R-0 to R-13) 14%
Posted by danny burstein on February 11, 2009, 5:07 pm
I come up with figures that are a lot different, but the
trend is the same.
But... they left out a BIGGIE. Get a switchable power strip
for various appliances such as tvs, computers, vcrs, etc.
Most of these nowadays have "soft" on/off switches, and continue
to leach power.
Stuff today is better, and "only" wastes a watt or so when "off",
but if you go back five or more years before "energy star", the
numbers can be crippling.
I've got a vcr that pulls 15 watts when "off". A computer that
pulls about 50. A stero that does ten. I'd hate to think what
my old HP Laserjet would pull when in "standby"
So let's say you've got 50 watts of wasted power from your "
entertainment system. If your power strip cuts out 10 hours/day
of that, you're saving:
50 watts times 10 hours = 500 w-hr/day (0.5 kw-hr/day)
or 15 kw-hr/month. At 20 cents/kw-hr ($.20), that's three
dollars/month right there.
Basic cheapo power strip is five bucks... A good surge protecting
one with all the whistles might be $5.
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Posted by Mauried on February 11, 2009, 10:53 pm
On Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:07:56 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein
Saving power in the home by various means is obvioulsy a good thing to
do simply because it will cost you less, but you need to look at the
whole picture, not just a small part of it.
Where does all the electricity in your country get consumed.
In Australia, only 28% of all electricity generated is actually used
for residential purposes, ie in homes.
All the rest is used for industry, manufacturing , mining, tramsport
So, even if everyone at home tried their hardest to save electricity
and reduced their consumption to zero, it would only reduce total
consumption by 28%.
Maybe, we are just looking in the wrong places to be saving power.