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.
Okay, our power consumption also went up to 1,004kWh for the month but that’s only 28% more. The huge increase is a combination of a rate hike and consumption hike.
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?