There has been a sharp increase in the cost of electricity over the last one decade. For instance, South Africa has witnessed a 90% increase in the cost of electricity. This country has had a dramatic increase in the cost of power since the mid 90’s. Their power provider ESKOM had planned to increase the country’s power rates by approximately 16 % annually. However, their energy regulatory body said that it would push for that amount to be decreased by 50% and then continue increasing the price by about 8 % every year. This is just an example; the reality is that the cost of power has significantly increased worldwide due to the rising demand for electricity.
The various power supplying companies are continuing to supply more power to the new households every year due to the rising demands. This means that the homeowners must plan on how to decrease their power bills. This article is going to discuss some of the most effective tips that can be implemented to cut down the rising cost of electricity.
Turning off the lights
It is estimated that lights consume more than 10% of the power used at home. This means that you should be switching off the lights when they are is nobody in the house or when the light is not needed.
Lowering the geyser’s temperature
Turning off the power of the geyser can help in reducing the power bill by 8%. You are advised to use cold water when washing your utensils instead of relying entirely on hot water. This will help in minimizing the monthly consumption of power.
Unplugging the appliances which are not in use
Most people are not aware that all the appliances draw some power from the mains whenever they are plugged in. You should ensure that you unplug the various appliances such as the microwave and electric kettle before going to sleep rather than just switching off the plugs.
Avoid leaving the fridge open
It has been proven that leaving the fridge’s door open increase its power consumption by 6%. The door of your fridge should be closed at all times. It is also advisable to pack the groceries near the door to ensure that they are easily accessible.
Switching off the geysers
This is considered to be one of the best ways that can be implemented to save power. Switching off the geyser can help in saving the power bills by approximately 40%. You only need you geyser for about one hour when heating water used for bathing. This device should be switched off when you are at work or asleep. This can help you in saving a lot of money.