Summers and high electricity bills go hand in hand. In countries like Pakistan, the heat and humidity found during the season are reaching an all-time high. Reducing your electricity bills seems almost impossible due to our dependency on air conditioners, fans, and coolers. Often, we are found asking others for ways to reduce electricity bills!
There are several ways to reduce electricity bills. Agency21 International, the largest estate network in Pakistan, will be highlighting a few ways to save energy and reduce relevant costs!
How to Reduce Your Electricity Bills at Home?
The following questions may arise in your mind: How do I cut down my electricity bills? What are the ways I can effectively reduce my electricity bills? What are the peak hours of electricity rates?
Well, save yourself some research time because we have got you covered!
Listed below are a few ways to reduce your electricity bills:
1. Unplug Electronics That are Not in Use
Turning off unused machinery is another efficient way for lowering electricity costs. Switch off your appliances and unplug them as well. Always remember to unplug all kinds of machinery and electronics after use, even if it is your charger!
Even though unplugging electronics and appliances does not have a great impact on your electricity bills, it can help you save up a little. Using additional electricity is not only heavy on the pocket, but it also utilises resources that are already limited! It is important to keep the next generation in mind and save up energy for them.
2. Paint Your Roof With a Lighter Colour
You must be familiar with the infamous saying that says we shouldn’t dress in all black during the summer since it traps heat. Similar advice applies to painting the roof white so that your house can function without air conditioning.
By painting your roof white, you may reflect the sun’s rays off of your home and keep your interior space cooler than the outside. Due to the heat that is trapped inside throughout the summer, we frequently operate the air conditioner for longer periods. Avoiding overheating in your home is crucial, however, with this little step, it can get better.
3. Install Energy-saving Bulbs
Energy-efficient LEDs can save you a lot of money in comparison to conventional lighting.
In comparison to traditional bulbs, a LED bulb uses about 12 watts of energy. LED bulbs also significantly increase the brightness of your room. By switching to LED lighting for your home, you can significantly reduce your electricity bills as well.
LED bulbs are 90% more energy efficient than incandescent lighting, therefore, you should replace the regularly used bulbs at home with LED bulbs instead.
4. Adjust Your AC’s Thermostat
Although there are many ways to reduce your electricity bills, adjusting the air conditioner’s thermostat is one of the most commonly used tactics to reduce energy consumption. People are usually quite lazy when it comes to adopting a different lifestyle, however, this is one of the easiest ways to effectively reduce electricity bills.
By adjusting the temperature on your thermostat each day, for a few hours, you can cut your heating and cooling bills by as much as 10%. After operating the thermostat at a specific temperature for a while, adjust it accordingly throughout the day to ensure that the air conditioning is balanced and not too chilly.
5. Use Your Fan Instead
If you reside in a region where summers are comparatively warmer than the other regions, turn on your ceiling fans instead of the air conditioners.
Did you know? A fan uses 10% less energy than a central air conditioner and can also make a room feel 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler! Hence, proving that fans are better for reducing your electricity bills.
6. Select the Right Air Conditioner
Choosing the right air conditioner is important when it comes to reducing energy usage. Inverter air conditioners are the best way to go about that decision.
Inverter air conditioners are very energy-efficient and use between 40 and 60 percent less electricity than conventional air conditioners.
In Pakistan, inverter air conditioners are more expensive than other standard air conditioners. But it is also important to know that inverter air conditioners are a long-term investment that will eventually reduce your summer electricity cost.
7. Avoid Using Appliances During Peak Hours
For peak hours and off-peak hours, authorities in Pakistan have established separate rates. It can be noted that 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM are peak hours during which the rates are significantly higher.
To reduce your electricity bills, you have to refrain from using any energy-intensive equipment, such as an air conditioner, iron, and surprisingly, even a hair dryer and hair straightener! All in all, a cheaper electricity cost will result from cutting back on any electrical appliance use during peak times.
8. Block the Sunlight with Drapes
What is the best way to naturally get rid of excess heat from your home? Shield it against sunlight! Blinds and curtains can aid in reducing the amount of heat that sunshine causes in your home, especially if you have huge windows around your home!
During summers, when the sun is boiling your home, you can close the curtains/blinds to get rid of excess heat. This way, you will not have to worry about your house warming up unnecessarily.
The Bottom Line
There are many tips to reduce your electricity bills, however, the aforementioned eight tips are some of the most doable and effective ways to lessen your energy usage.
We hope that this article will help you through global inflation and increased prices.