So we just got our latest Meralco billing and the amount went up by 60% to Php14k from March to April. It’s the first time the bill went past ten grand in my entire life while living here in Metro Manila.
I was thinking of ways to reduce power consumption of gadgets and appliances at home so I thought of the 10 Ways to Save on Electricity:
- Cut down on aircon and replace them with electric fans. To help lower room temperature, open doors and windows during the day for better air circulation.
- Un-plug gadgets and appliances when not in use. Don’t just turn them off — you could save a few more watts here and there.
- If you have multiple TV sets at home, just use one at a time — preferably, the one in the living room.
- Skip the microwave and use the gas range to heat or re-heat food. Same can be done with the rice cooker and coffee maker.
- Give the desktop PC a rest. Use the laptop at home. Or, you can hook it up top an external monitor if you really need the screen real estate.
- Charge your gadgets (laptop, cellphone, mp3 players, etc.) in the car using one of those AC/DC adaptors.
- If you can afford it, invest on solar chargers. The big ones might be expensive but the portable ones can do the job as well.
- Some of your household appliances and gadgets have eco-mode to reduce power consumption; these includes monitors, LCD TVs, refs, etc.
- Invest in CCFLs for home lighting. They’re more efficient.
- Open your doors and windows. Use natural light during the day; it’s the best way to save on power.
Better yet, work outside. Make Starbucks your temporary office for the meantime.
Others would go as far as buying a generator set and run on diesel. I haven’t really computed the exact numbers by estimate is around 2.5 to 3 kilowatt hour per liter of fuel.
If diesel price is Php35/liter, then it can operate a 1kilowatt microwave oven for 3 hours. That gives us Php11.67 per kilowatt. Just a little cheaper than April’s effective power rate of Php13.25 (Meralco). Of course, that does not include cost of acquisition of the gen set. Then there’s that Power Saver Max I blogged about before.
You guys have additional tips/suggestions?