September 21, 2017

How to Stop Power Guzzlers from Sending Your Utility Bills through the Roof

We all need water and electricity in our day-to-day activities. Obviously, we need our appliances, devices, and other gadgets, but did you know that there are some items that can send your utility bills through the roof? These are also known as power guzzlers, and if you’re not aware of them, you may be in for a surprise come bills payment time.

Energy-efficient appliances

You need to identify the culprits that increase your water bill or electricity bill. Cut costs by replacing these appliances with energy-efficient ones.

How can you stop power guzzlers from having a huge impact to your water bill and electricity bill? Here are some tips to take into account:

  • Know the power guzzlers. Of course, you need to identify the culprits that increase your water bill or electricity bill. For instance, your home appliances may not be energy-efficient, adding more to the cost of electricity. Cut costs by replacing these appliances with energy-efficient ones.
  • Heating water accounts for about a quarter of the total household power usage. Save water, and money, by being more conscious about your hot water. Take shorter showers. Make sure that the temperature is between 60C and 65C, or lower if you have children. Check for faucet leaks. It may seem little but you could be wasting a lot of money when you add everything up.
  • The air conditioner is another power guzzler. If you’re planning to buy one, find a model that has a multi-starred Energy Rating System, which tells you that it’s energy-efficient. You can also choose an inverter unit which can be much quieter. Keep your air conditioner in good working condition by cleaning its filters regularly. Of course, do not turn it on when no one’s in the room, and close vents or ducts which are connected to unoccupied rooms.
  • A refrigerator runs 24/7, so it’s one of those appliances that can really increase your electricity bill. If you’re planning to buy a new one, make sure to choose the model that has at least four stars, which means that it’s energy-efficient. Do not place your refrigerator next to an oven or a window where there is warm temperature. Keep it clean and make sure that its seals are working properly.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use. Even if you’re not using them and they’re still plugged into the wall or left on standby mode, these appliances still consume electricity, so make sure to unplug them.

Got other tips on how to lower water and electricity bills? Share your ideas in the comments section.

About the author  ⁄ Marxa Dillan

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