Maintaining your shiny new home in Goa and pretty much anywhere else can be an expensive affair. Especially a recurring expense like the electricity bill. So when your budget is tight and you need a quick save. Follow these 10 super smart tips that are guaranteed to save you plenty of electricity. All for the low low cost of nothing.
10. Lower your AC by just a degree.
Goa can get pretty hot during the summer. And using air conditioning to stay cool has pretty much become a norm. But did you know that turning your thermostat up by 1°C can save you as much as Rs 4000 per year.
Also, keeping your cooling on constantly on a low cool could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off for big blasts of cooling. This is where getting to know and understand the timer settings on your thermostat will really pay off.
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9. Use more natural lighting
If you tend to keep the curtains and blinds closed and flip on the overhead lights all the time then this next tip will help save on those precious notes quite a bit.
Letting your house flood with natural light instead can lead to big electricity savings. Unless you need strong, focused light to complete a particular task, try leaving the lights off during the day and embracing the sun’s rays in the rooms you’re using.
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8. Designate rooms as hangout rooms for your family.
Instead of spreading out all over the house, have your family spend evening hours in just one or two rooms. That way you won’t have to light the whole house to enjoy the evening, plus you’ll have the added bonus of spending quality time with each member of the family.
This also allows you to use a single air conditioning unit for the entire family.
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7. Use candles instead of electric lights a few times a week.
You don’t have to wait until a summer thunderstorm knocks out the power to break out the candles. Choose a night or two a week to leave the lights off and light your family’s way with sturdy, slow-burning candles that cast a fair amount of light. Kids will find it exciting, and over time you’ll save electricity and cash.
It’s also pretty romantic and if you’re looking to save even more then there’s a really easy way to make some candles on your own.
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6. Unplug everything
You’d be surprised to know how many appliances and electronics continue sapping electricity as long as they’re plugged in, even when their switches are turned off. Making a habit of unplugging these items when they aren’t in use saves a lot of energy over time.
Power down your computer and unplug it when you aren’t using it. Computers are one of the main culprits when it comes to using a lot of energy in a household, so unplugging them when you’re finished checking your email for the night is worth the hassle. Same goes for TV’s
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5. Manually wash clothes when time permits
Washing machines, as convenient as they can be – use a lot of power. And if you’re using heated water for certain apparels then you’re increasing your cost even more. Instead, if you ever have the time, wash your clothes the old fashioned way. An even better way to maximise efficiency is to have the entire family was their own clothes.
That way even your kids can learn to do the basic task.
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4. Keep your fridge full
Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
Also in the even of a power cut, the coolness in the fridge will last significantly longer as the food further insulates the fridge.
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3. Replace your bulbs as they die out
Replace all of your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs release most of their energy through heat, rather than light. Newer bulb styles are much more energy efficient, and they save a lot of electricity and money over time.
Did we mention they even look far better? In fact LED bulbs although a little expensive, can last for years.
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2. Setup your water heaters
Water heaters are typically large energy consumers and lowering the temperature on your water heater from the standard 60°C to 50°C can reduce water heating costs by 4%-22% annually, according to the Department of Energy.
Its estimated that can save the average household up to Rs 2500 per year. Air drying your clothes can further reduce energy consumption and save you money.
50°C is about 120°F
1. Look out for energy star ratings
The Bureau of Energy efficiency has made it much easier to help you decide how efficient appliances are. Simply keep an eye out on the star rating sticker. The more stars, the better. Samsung and LG are well known for their highly efficient devices so try to go for them if possible.
You can read more on how these ratings are given out here
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