Oh, this is funny. I’m doing something at work and manage to find out the average residential customer in Saskatchewan uses about 700 kwh per month of power in 2007. Since I know I’m a bit more frugal than that I look up my old power bills for 2007. I’m averaging 323 kwh per month or less than half of the average.
So since I’m insanely lower than everyone else I’ll give you a blueprint to a cheap power bill.
- Slowly install lower power consumption products. Start with switching the regular light bulbs to CFL’s and then keep working down the list of TV, DVD players, fridge, dryer, dishwasher. You want to keep buying ‘energy star’ products and also compare power consumption when buying big consumers like a fridge. Also avoid buying red displays which consume more energy, so buy an alarm clock with blue/green lights.
- Manage the usage. It may seem a bit obvious but remember to turn off a light when you leave the room. If you are not using a charger unplug it. If you are not using the computer turn off. Each action in of itself is minor, but when an entire family gets into the habit the savings start to really add up.
- Use power bars to cut the connection. Lots of products today like your TV, computer, DVD player all consume power in their standby mode. If you plug them all into a power bar and turn off the bar you reduce that load to zero. If you want to be lazy about this plug the power bar into a timer and shut off everything in the house between when you go to bed and when ever you usually get up.
That’s it. The super short and easy guide to a cheaper power bill. Also if your hot water heater is electric consider putting it on a timer as well to cut back the wasted heat.