It may not cost as much as fuel, but it is one of those annoying bills you have to take care of every month and it always has a total that never fails to alarm you. If your electricity bill is consistently higher than you expect it to be, then there is a chance that it actually is; the bill is registering a number higher than what you used. Here are some things you can do to make sure the bill remains manageable.
Reduce your Electricity Usage
As much as it sucks to hear it, the simplest answer is usually the correct one: you are using more electricity than you realize. This isn’t always anyone’s fault, as electricity charges can increase due to several sneaky charges that you don’t realize affects you so much, such as an increase in tax. To reduce electricity use, see how you can change your daily routine a little to cut down on it. Go to bed an hour or 30 minutes earlier than usual; you’ll be turning out the lights earlier, meaning you’re saving more electricity. Use table lamps vs. turning on all the lights in the room. If you don’t have too many perishables in your fridge, turn it off for the night a couple of times a week. Switch to a gas kettle from an electric kettle/ heater.
Check the Equipment
Electricity leakage due to faulty equipment is another way that your bill could be reaching the sky. Make sure that you call someone for electrical equipment calibration of the metre to ensure that it’s reliable and its readings are consistent with the measurements from another metre.
The same goes for any other measuring equipment you possess which run on electricity; electrical calibration from time to time ensures that they remain in good working order. Check other large appliances that use a lot of electricity like refrigerators and washing machines and dryers. Any break in a circuit, or loose or old wiring can lead to leakage of electricity meaning that while the electrical meter records the flow, it hasn’t been used up by you. See this post if you are looking for other measuring equipment.
Change the Lighting
When the world first began using fluorescent lights, many people refused to change, claiming that the white light was not as ‘homely’ as the yellow light. People will cite all kinds of excuses and reasons to resist change, but changing to LED bulbs or fluorescent lights can reduce your electricity bill no end as the older, tungsten filament bulbs generated a lot of heat, meaning that the electricity fed to it did not all turn to light. The fluorescent bulbs are better as more than 50% of its electricity turn to light; without a filament, it also lasts longer. The LED bulbs are the best for saving electricity as they generate more light than either of the above on far less electricity and generate no heat. Moreover, if used carefully, they can last for years.