One day i was happily coming back from work, went to my room and turn on the PC. I was about to do the normal stuff i do online when suddenly i heard a faint voice calling me from downstairs. The voice was my mum calling my name over and over again. So fine, I went down to see what did she want. When i was there, guess what? The electric bill was in her hand and she started to preach about my usage.
I didn't recall using so much of electricity since most of the time i will be at work or out with my friends for "yam cha", shopping, movies, gym and many more. Other times i will be asleep. Its true sometimes when i was asleep, i will leave the PC on for downloading stuffs but then again, it was never that much. Basically i only use my house electric to online, air conditioner and charge my mobile.Then i was like "ok, thats it, i'm gonna find out what was actually causing so much". After the lecture, i went to my PC and quickly find the tips on how to conserve electricity.
How to Conserve Electricity
1. Turn off electrical appliance when not in use.
2. Use energy saving light bulbs which consumes less energy and last longer.
3. Use natural light when possible.
4. Close all curtains and binds to avoid direct sunlight which will bring up the temperature.
5. Clean air conditioner frequently coz dirty filters will result in the air conditioner working harder which consumes more power.
6. Set the temperature between 22 to 26 degrees for optimum usage.
7. Clean fan blades to ensure it works efficiently.
8. Stock your refrigerator appropriately coz over overload refrigerator use up more energy.
9. Let food cool before putting in the refrigerator.
10. Place refrigerator at least 4 inches away from the wall to avoid overworking the motor.
11. Open refrigerator when necessary.
12. Boil only required amount of water.
13. Wash with your washing machine only when you have a full load but avoid overloading.
14. Select a model that suits the family needs.
15. Before making an electrical appliance, get the retailers to explain on the energy consuption of the appliance.
16. Whenever possible, use more energy efficient appliances.
By the way, the current tariff for a domestic household usage according to TNB are as below.
First 200 kWh (1 - 200 kWh) per month sen/kWh 21.80
Next 800 kWh (201 - 1,000 kWh) per month sen/kWh 28.90
Over 1,000 kWh (1,001 kWh onwards) per month sen/kWh 31.20