Undoubtedly, the sporadic increase in utility bills has become a menace in Nigeria; terrible for home owners that use the old meters, and worse for those using the prepaid meter. You would know at this point that there are certain electrical appliances you shouldn’t use at this point if you are consciously trying to manage the units on your prepaid meter. In a month, home owners in small communities spend as much as N20,000 on electricity bills.
To worsen the situation, earlier in January, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) approved over 50% hike in electricity tariff payable by customers of the 11 distribution companies (Discos). As a result of this hike, a lot of families have been pushed to limit the number of appliances they use. So to make it easier, we have outlined these few tips to help you cut how much you spend on utility bills.
Find out what consumes energy most
You have to find how much energy your air conditioning, washing machines, boiling kettles, electric cookers, refrigerator, and other home appliances consume. Generally, most heat generating appliances consume loads of energy than others, e.g your iron amongst others. They are important, yes, but you can still limit how you use them. How? But unplugging or switching them off when they are no longer in use.
For instance, to reduce your Tv time, you could read a book instead; set a day aside for laundry so you can wash all clothes at the same time and once a week. Turn off the air conditioning when you are not in the room. In fact, once in a while, turn on your ceiling fan inside, and open your curtains to let in fresh air. This will help a lot.
Change your light bulbs
Incandescent and halogen bulbs have the highest wattage which makes them less energy-efficient choices. Replace them with LED bulbs. Although they cost a lot more than the regular bulbs, LED bulbs consume way less energy. Also learn to turn off unnecessary lights especially when they are not in use. You don’t have to leave all the lights on at the same time.
Regulate heat generating appliances
I know loads of people love to take hot baths in the morning, but you might have to limit the indulgence. Run a warm bath instead; it reduces the amount of time you would engage your heater. The iron is another; fold your laundry neatly so you would have them ready and at your disposal when you need them. Limit the number of times you put your iron to work. The boiling kettle too and your electric cooker. A lot of homeowners dread the use of stoves, but it’s a way cheaper saving grace, except you want to buy a gas cooker. Others include blow dryers, boiling rings, hair straighteners and more.