While the ongoing pandemic has forced people to stay back and work from home due to the lockdown, it has led to several citizens across cities receiving inflated power bills, giving them sleepless nights. Complaints of exorbitant electricity bills were received from common people as well. Residents of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Mumbai and other various regions of the country, stated that their electricity bills have increased two-three folds during the lockdown months.
People are at their homes all throughout the day and consuming more energy than what they would normally consume. Besides, most of the people are working from home and are using energy at homes. This has led to an increase in per capita energy consumption.
The heatwave across the country has also resulted in more energy consumption. People are using air-conditioning, desert coolers and fans for extended periods.
Moreover, due to the recent vague meter reading method used by power distribution companies after the lockdown was called off, consumers are overwhelmed by the unreasonably high amounts they have been asked to pay.
However, while we are at our homes, using some easy tricks, we can significantly reduce our utility bills. Here is how;
7. Embracing Natural Light
Using natural light whenever possible instead of relying on artificial light can greatly reduce the amount of electricity you use during the day. The same is true whether you work in an office or spend your days in your house. In fact, exposure to natural light also increases happiness giving you an even greater incentive to raise the blinds.
6. Turning Off the Electric Lights
The most common and the easiest way to save electricity. Is turning off electric lights when not in use. Start paying attention to how many lights are on in your house at a given time. Be mindful of how many lights you really need to be using at once. When you leave a room, make a habit of turning off the lights, every single time. Also, have your family use just one or two rooms at night, rather than spreading out all over the house and keeping your entire home lit.
5. Switching to LED Bulbs
Replacing regular incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs is a big energy saver. Incandescent bulbs release 98% of their consumed energy through heat, while LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient and last several times longer.
4. Unplugging the Not-in-Use Appliances
Appliances that are plugged in keep using energy even when they’re switched off. In fact, an appliance as small as a mobile charger slowly saps energy when it stays plugged in. Unplug your sound system, speakers, laptop, phone chargers, kitchen appliances, hairdryers, and anything else you’ve got that runs on electricity.
3. Replacing Old Electrical Appliances
When older appliances were manufactured, companies weren’t as concerned with saving electricity. Newer models are designed to conserve energy, reducing your household costs and lowering your carbon footprint. If you have an older refrigerator, electric stove and oven, dishwasher, washer and dryer, or other large appliance, look into getting it replaced.
2. Insulating Your Sleeping Room
Making sure there are good seals on the doors and windows leads to huge savings in energy costs. Insulation keeps your sleeping room from leaking cool air-conditioned air during this summer season.
- Going Solar
This one is right off the bat. Using solar panels to produce electricity on your roof is perhaps the best way to reduce your electricity bills. You can produce electricity at your home which is absolutely free. Using the free electricity from the sun, you can decrease your dependence on the electricity distribution grid, which can tremendously reduce your electricity bill. Moreover, with a complimentary net metering arrangement that comes with a solar panel system, you can even sell the excess electricity back to the grid.
Using a solar energy system on rooftops anyone can save themselves from paying high electricity bills. In fact, solar rooftops are now affordable as well. We now have a comprehensive Monthly Payment Plan. You can read more about the plan in the article here; ZunRoof Now Makes Solar Rooftop Affordable for Indian Homes.
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