UTILITY HACKS: Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill



When Thomas Edison worked into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I am sure it made the work seem that much more urgent. ~George Carlin

George Carlin may have pegged Thomas Edison’s sense of urgency back in the day when the entire world had to illuminate their surroundings were candles and gas lamps, but I am fairly certain, the current generation does not share the same sentiment as regards to how they handle the seemingly unlimited supply of energy we have nowadays.

Today, almost everything runs on electricity, and we seem to have a boundless and perpetual supply of it leading people to neglect to conserve this. These can have innumerably varied effects, and they are all detrimental. Additionally, energy wastage is one way to prove that you will be receiving a very hefty electricity bill by the end of the month.

But, regardless of whether you are seeking to reduce and cut down your electricity bills or are just looking to conserve electrical energy, the world can certainly benefit from both. Now, you may be under the misguided notion that “going green” would mean extra costs for your pockets, but the good news is, there are many simple ways and hacks to reduce energy costs—and some of them would not even cost you a single peso.

So, if you are looking for a cheaper electricity bill to pay monthly for the rest of your life, incorporate these energy saving hacks into your homes today. Because whether you are living in a residential home or in a condo in Manila, the Philippines, conserving energy and cutting down electricity bills are two very possible things with these five easy hacks.


If you have truly made the commitment to conserve energy, take a gander around your house and observe which items you have that would consume the most energy. Notorious for being the hungriest energy eaters, air conditioners would top this list. But, apart from this, you would certainly have appliances that are causing you to rack up the energy bill. Determine what these are and use them sparingly.


When you are billeted at a high-rise condominium, it would be rather impossible to have the kind of garden you want, but if there is one possible thing you can do, it is to create shady spots within your unit. Potted plants would not only give your units an aesthetic touch, but they can also serve an energy-saving purpose. Line them up near your air conditioner so that they prevent the sun shining straight onto your air conditioning unit.


A nifty way to save more on your electricity bill is to run your appliances at night. Electrical companies tend to charge more during the daytime as everyone is up and about and doing their activities and would relatively charge you cheaper for running your appliances at night. So, stick to a nocturnal routine when it comes to your electric appliances.


For those of you who prefer to machine wash your clothes rather than handwash them, cutting costs on your laundry would require minimal effort on your part. Simply stop using heat when you are washing your clothes whenever possible and pack the right amount of clothing into the machines and like we said above, this is best done at night to lower your electricity bill.


If you keep your fridge running at maximum efficiency, you would be successful in keeping your energy usage low. To accomplish this, you should set your temperature to the recommended setting of 37 degrees Fahrenheit for the fridge and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer. If you set it up any colder and you will be only wasting power.

Additionally, your fridge should not be teeming with food and should only be about three-quarters full as this would allow enough room for air to circulate. Do not pack your food up top as these will prevent hot air from escaping and would cause your unit to work overtime.


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