The COVID-19 pandemic has been putting a lot of issues under the spotlight lately, including your utility fees. Utility bills trigger different emotions from people and yet almost the same thoughts. How do you minimise the cost of staying at home, you ask?
In many households, gadgets are used nonstop that unplugging almost feels unwise. The reality is, the energy cost of plugged-in devices can really add up, especially if these gadgets are not designed to stop taking in energy after fully recharging. An average home contains around 40 idle products that increase your energy consumption by approximately 10% unnecessarily. If you’re wondering, the fastest and easiest way to drop your utility usage is to unplug inactive devices and turn off unused faucets.
It is not enough that your utility expense is under the spotlight. For more effective action planning, look at your consumption under the microscopic lens. Think about the time you wake up till the time you sleep. How many electronics are left consuming energy while you slumber? Leaving your electronics unplugged and switched on is one matter, still using old models of certain electronics is another. How many of your devices are energy vampires? Evaluating this is necessary to identify the right course of action. Fortunately, browsing for your utility’s specs is more accessible today more than ever. Make an inventory when you can, and determine when conserving energy is ideal and when repurchasing seems a better decision.
Some people leave the tap water running while they brush teeth or lather their face and body. The few minutes add up over one month, and this does not only waste your money, but it wastes resources too. Conserving energy entails knowing how to maximise the usage of your electronics while minimising the frequency of usage. If you have enough clothes, it is a better idea to wash your clothes every three weeks instead of every week. Using your large dishwasher for a couple of plates and not using the washer when washing too many kitchenware is both energy and water wasters. Apart from these, leaving the telly on while browsing on the internet can be wasteful also. Determine the changes you need to make is vital so you can implement your plan.
There are times when conserving energy won’t do much. Switching to an energy-efficient and motion-sensitive lightbulb can save you more compared to simply thrifting the use of a regular bulb. Such is also the case with cleaning. Regular and older neglected shower pods take a lot of resources to clean. On the other hand, walk in shower enclosures are almost effortless to clean, which means you end up using less water and soap, and time and energy.
Like water, electronics are a valuable and indispensable part of this generation’s lives. Since the payment of both water and electricity bills are life-long responsibilities, even the slightest change today matters in the long run. Make sure you make both short-term and long-term changes for the maximum savings possible.