A common problem across Pakistan is rising electricity bills. loadshedding.pk/ has compiled some widely acknowledged and accepted yet not followed practices that can help you in significantly cutting back on your monthly electric bills. Just by being responsible and conscientious, you end up not only saving a great deal on your bills, but also extend the life of valuable appliances and reduce maintenance costs.
1. Switch to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFls)
By replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDS or CFIs (commonly known as energy savers), money can be saved not just due to a reduction in electricity consumption but also because they have a much longer life span. CFIs last up to 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs while LEDS last about 12 times more. A small LED bulb would use about 12 watts and a small CFI about 25 watts as compared to the average 100 watts that are used up by a comparable incandescent bulb hence generating savings up to 75% per bulb.
2. Only Buy Energy Star qualified Appliances.
Energy star qualified appliances help reduce cost, save energy and are also environmentally friendly, as they do not emit any green house gases. Such appliances adhere to certain safety and efficiency regulationsthat are not found in other standard appliances. Energy efficient appliances consist of higher quality components resulting in fewer mechanical and technical issues and a longer life span. Additionally they have superior technological designs that enhance their performance for e.g. a star qualified washing machine might use less water as compared to a standard washing machine. Ask your vendor or supplier about energy star or other energy efficient appliances
3. Turn Off or Unplug Electrical Appliances when not in use
Electronics use up energy even when they are turned off. To eliminate wastage of energy and to cut down on electric bills, either unplug all appliances or plug them in a power extension/strip and turn it off. This will not alter the settings in any way as all appliances have a memory chip that automatically resets them.
4. Switch to Inverter Air Conditioners
Inverter Air Conditioners cost more but they are extremely energy efficient and consume about 40%-60% less electricity than normal ones. This is primarily
because an inverter AC is able to vary the speed of the compressor and does not have to stop and start again to maintain the set temperature. It is also able to reach the desired temperature much quicker than a normal AC would and is also not susceptible to temperature fluctuations.
Prices of inverter AC’s vary according to brand for e.g. a locally assembled 1.5 ton Orient AC would cost about PKR 84,000 while a standard Orient of the same size would be in the range of PKR 45,000 to PKR 48,000.An imported brand like LG would cost approximately 120,000 for a 1.5 ton inverter AC while a standard LG of the same size would be in the range of PKR 78,000 to PKR 82,000.
Moreover ACs should be regularly serviced to ensure that they maintain their efficiency.
5. Use Hybrid Gas heaters instead of Electric heaters
Electric heaters have a very high electricity consumption rate. A better alternative are hybrid Japanese imported heaters. These heaters are extremely energy efficient because they can run on very low gas pressure (Approximately 10% of gas that normal heaters use) and their electricity consumption is also quite low; about 15-25 watts which is equivalent to an energy saver, thus reducing both electricity and gas bills. The best part is that not only are they energy efficient they are dirt cheap as well starting from as low as PKR 4,000. Here at loadshedding.pk/ we’ve been using these heaters for last two years without any trouble.
6. Avoid using high electricity consuming devices during peak hours
PEPCO (Pakistan Electric Power Company) has introduced different tariffs for peak and off-peak hours. For details on peak hours please read our article here. Electricity tariffs are much higher during peak hours, which are between 7PM to 11PM. Avoid heavy electricity consuming components such as irons, water motors, air conditioners during these peak hours to significantly cut back on your electricity bills.
7. Switch off unnecessary lights, fans and air conditioners
This is a no brainer. You can save considerably on your electric bill by switching off unnecessary lights, fans, air conditioners and other appliances.