How to save money on electricity?
I was very frustrated a few months back because my electricity bill was ruining my life, as it was very high. The huge electricity bill, which comes every 56 days at my home, was disturbing the balance of my monthly household budget. I was very angry with this and finally contacted the BSES electricity department in my area and told them that I am not using this much electricity and you have some problems in your system or the bill is wrongly calculated. Now, you might be wondering what they told me? They told me that our system is totally okay and error free and it may be possible that you are not taking the necessary steps to lower your electricity bill and might be waisting it. So, I requested them to give me some tips so that I can lower my electricity bill. A senior manager at BSES Delhi then told me to take a piece of paper and write down some tips on saving electricity. I wrote down those tips on that bit of paper and started following them. Then what, it was a miracle for me. My electricity bill of August 2008 not only came down a little bit, but it came down to approximately 30% to 40%. I was so amazed with this. My family and me are so happy now that we are saving money on the electricity bill and the monthly budget is balanced.
Why I am sharing all this stuff with you?
When I was surfing hubpages yesterday, I found out a hub request "How to lower your electric bill? Mines is sky high!". Then, I decided why not share these tips, which have worked for me, with my fellow hubbers and the internet community, so that they can also save money on their high electricity bills.
I have elaborated these tips to make them easy to understand for you:
- Use good wiring, as old wiring needs to be changed at least in 10 years.
- Perfect earthing. If necessary, install a new copper earthing from meter to your house with zero leakage current. If there is a leakage of current, your meter is on for 24 hours. This is a good idea for saving power.
- At night before sleeping, completely switch off TV, DVD, music systems, etc. and remember not to put them on idle mode, again, TURN THEM OFF COMPLETELY.
- Use POT-type fan regulators instead of ROTARY-switch type.
- Use power saver lamps or CFLs (compact tube lights) which can be placed into BULB holders.
- Minimize use of microwaves, ovens, mixers, grinders, etc.
- Do not use washing machines daily, collect clothes for two to three days and then use the washing machine. In this way, electricity will be used only once in three days for washing your clothes.
- Switch off PC when not in use.
- Switch off monitors of your PC when you know that you have to again log in the system after 10 minutes or so.
- Clean the back of your refrigerator at least once in a month, this will reduce the dust on it, dissipating the heat generated by your refrigerator quite well, thereby increasing its efficiency and reducing your turning on your refrigerator's mode to coldest, thereby using less electricity, as turning coldest mode on consumes maximum energy whereas cold mode or the lowest mode is the energy saver mode.
- Always use the energy saver mode for air-conditioners, as this will use less energy and the room temperature will also remain constant. At night in summer months when there is more heat outside, the temperate is very high and you need to sleep for around 6 to 8 hours, switch your ACs temperature to the lowest degree and set its auto timer to 1 or 2 hours as you like. Close all the doors and windows ensuring there is no excessive air leak from any corner of your room. This will help in reducing or lowering power consumption on your air‑conditioning of the room, as after one hour or so, the AC will switch off but then also you will be in sound sleep and the temperature of the room will remain intact for around 6 hours or more.
- Instead of using vacuum cleaners twice or thrice in a month, use them only once in a month and vacuum clean all your furniture, like sofa upholstery, cots, beds, curtains, car seat covers, and chair fabrics once in a month.
How I managed to save more money on electricity bills?
In Delhi, it is a miracle that Electricity Providers have created a slab system and given the benefit of low bill system to the users who use or consume less electricity. My neighbors pay Rupees 2000 to 2500 INR per month whereas I pay Rupees 1000/1500 INR only. I am trying to bring my unit consumption further down, so that my electricity bill will be half only, i.e., Rupees 750 to 850 INR per month.
Now, People who are using less electricity are the only one who are benefited according to this slab system.
Hope the above tips will help you save money a bit more money on your electricity bills.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Rajinder Soni
cijini karan on May 10, 2020:
This was a very usefull information..mine electricity bill is around 2000/-.we tried all the other steps excluding removing old wiring and earthing...will try on that to...
Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on May 07, 2020:
Nice article Rajinder ji. Got to learn new things related to POT type fans and need to clean back of refrigerator. We spend time outside evening time for four hours we don't use any electricity gadget except refrigerator. I go out for walking whereas parents sit outside in veranda and chat. And I guess washing clothes in the washing machine in every two to three will be a good practice. Thanks for sharing the article.
Gopal Swaroop Anand on May 06, 2020:
Energy saved is energy produced and if it is in financial terms it will add value,if done on regular basis using the tips mentioned like use of cfl,tips to clean refrigerator,on back,air conditioner on energy saver modeand switch off lights not in use.
Navin Srivastava from Serampore on May 06, 2020:
I am shocked that I did not know about these points. I am going to review all of these factors for my home one by one. Thank you for this valuable information, it is really helpful.
kiara on January 23, 2014:
Wonderful tips!! Electricity saving can make a huge change in our monthly expenses. Lightning is the most power consuming item. That’s why I started using induction lightning instead of more power consuming lights or bulb .Induction lightnings are giving magical results. They save power up to 80% and gives high quality long lasting results.
prakash on October 26, 2013:
Save your Energy Bill On air Conditioner UPto 60% POWER SAVER FOR AIR CONDITIONERS
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on October 01, 2012:
It's a potentiometer fan regulator.
Kiran on September 30, 2012:
Very good info.
What is it POT type regulator?
tonybrazier on May 19, 2012:
What I am worried about is these very high home energy and auto fuel prices sucking our money out of our country. Billions and billions. When this money leaves our country It never returns. How long can we pay until we are brought down to our knees. Is it a conspiracy. They say we have the oil and fuel but not enough refinery's . My goodness we better do something fast. Do you actually think I am kidding. Well I am not Buddy. Wake up America
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Raja on April 13, 2012:
I have one doubt. Why Government is not supporting ( Not Aiding) to Produce 5 Star Rated Electricity Home Appliances.
http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-lower-my-electric-bill2 on April 02, 2012:
This is a very helpful hub. with gas prices going up you will see the cost of electricity raising.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 18, 2012:
Rajinder, this is a nice reminder. With electricity costs going up very fast it is imperative we devise new ways to save electricity. You have outlined some wonderful ways to save electricity. I always say electricity saved is electricity produced and money saved is money earned.
Voted up and useful and interesting.
Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on December 29, 2011:
Thanks. It is difficult to remember to turn the heat down when exitting the house. Timed thermometers help you do this automatically.
Ravi.Sharma on December 23, 2011:
excellent guidance by you Sir..You have not only saved and educated yourself but also saved and educated many people here who are unaware about things and such tactics.i myself will try this out and seriously i believe that this will help me a lot.Tahnxs a lot for the valuable contribution and knowldeging people about their biggest problem(of saving their money in right way.) you must be awarded for this by some authorities.god bless you. Thanks a ton.
Tim on December 16, 2011:
First of all thank you soni for sharing these tips a lot of people will benefit from these. may i please also note to everyone out there that its not always the way we handle our electricity usage. As important as utilising costs are.. sometimes your meter can be faulty eg old meter or wiring problem which soni explains. my advice is to ALWAYS keep NOTE OF YOUR READINGS ONCE A WEEK. As greedy as our providers are we ourselves are in control of how much we use. sometimes its even a case of the home you live in. some places are simply just bad builds and need major interior/exterior adjustments. Stay smart. swith off when not needed (religously). Don't be shy on comparing alternative providers now and then. And most importantly DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. We all have better things to enjoy in life other than an electricity bill. Get out more that's what humans are built for. Most of the time we don't even need electricity : ) thanks for reading
Pasha on November 16, 2011:
Great thing demonstrated by figure and text which can help each one out here in the best way.We do have lighting on throughout the day so i would recommend to look for a good CFL(prob Havells) to save energy.
Kanad patil on October 20, 2011:
very nice ideas to save this message should be conveyed to public by an electricity saving campaign
Hamish on June 18, 2011:
i am being started to learn and share with the people how to go on with the energy-save activities. By type in several keywords during the searching, finally i get access to this site. Really i have get some just right stuff from your article. Thanks.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on August 23, 2010:
@growtharc, thanks for your visit and comment.
@Anusuya, please contact your electricity provider and lodge a complaint for faulty meter.
anusuya bhatt on August 17, 2010:
DEAR SIR IAM VERY UPSET MY MEETAR IS VERY FAST RUNING
PLEASE LETME NOW HOW MANAGED THE SAVE ELECTRICITY,
THANKS ANUSUYA BHATT
growtharc on August 06, 2010:
I really liked your tips. Some of them are very practicle in my case.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on July 11, 2010:
Thanks for linking this hub with yours 2patricias. I have been trying to link with so many hubs with my hubs since the really of HUB Karma tool by hubpages. It is really beneficial, as it makes our page more useful to the visitor.
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on July 09, 2010:
Just found this hub while searching for a suitable hub to link from our hub "Save money on electricity bills". I like your hub because it illustrates that high electricity bills are a world-wide problem, and that most of us can do something to lower our costs. (And help the planet!)
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on May 08, 2010:
Thanks Anamika. Smart users of electricity like you are not only helpful for yourselves but are great assets for the mankind because saving electricity is saving nature. Best of luck for your lowered electricity bills.
Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on May 08, 2010:
Great Tips! Some of the Tips were new to me. I use to get huge electricity bills too But now what i get is very nominal charges because of smart usage.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on February 06, 2010:
Thank you so much Sheila b. for giving that useful tip on saving electricity. I agree it saves 25 percent or more of electricity every time you do it.
sheila b. on February 04, 2010:
Hi! Very informative. Something I do easily, because I live alone, is turn my hot water heater on at the fuse box when I get home from work, have my bath, wash dishes, clothes, then turn it off. There's always hot water in the morning for breakfast dishes. It saves me about 25 percent.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on January 11, 2010:
I agree with you scheng1 that most managers will prefer that you spend more money on any business but it is not the case with BSES in Delhi, India where I live because here BSES staff has been trained to guide consumers to save energy, whether they save money or not is not an issue but the consumers save electricity is their ultimate goal.
scheng1 on January 10, 2010:
The manager tells you all these? He must be really kind. Most managers prefer you to spend more money on the business so that they can get bigger bonus.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on October 30, 2009:
It's our great pleasure Narendra that you visited this hub. I thanks Jyoti also for showing the right direction to all of us.
Narendra on October 26, 2009:
this is very useful hub especially tip about switch off and stand by.
I can come to this hub because of Jyoti. Hence, thanks both of you and Jyoti.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on October 09, 2009:
Thanks a lot Anshu for your appreciation and kindness plus thanks for reading my three blogs. I am also thankful to Mr. Jyoti Kothari for doing this favor by creating Hubbers India blog and displaying our profiles and links.
Anshu on October 09, 2009:
I came here from Hubbers India blog. You are writing well. I have read all three articles linked there.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on October 07, 2009:
Thanks a lot Mr. Kothari for your comment. I always like the way you motivate people by your ways. Shortage of electricity can be controlled by saving electricity.
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on October 07, 2009:
This is very useful article, especially when India is facing electricity crisis.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on August 24, 2009:
Thanks kmadhav. These tips are really useful. I have applied them and got benefit from them.
Kmadhav from New delhi on August 24, 2009:
Great information. Refrigerator tip is new for me I will apply this tip.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on August 22, 2009:
Hi Tom, these are some wonderful tips to save money on electricity friend. CFLs ROCK.
Tom on August 21, 2009:
I saved about 30% just by turning off lights when I left a room and changing all my incandescent lights to CFL. Thanks for the other tips!
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2009:
Yes electric money saver, this is the best thing to pursue in the time of recession. I have achieved my goal of saving power by using less electricity and managing my electricity bills and everyone can do that.
electricmoneysaver on May 03, 2009:
I have bookmarked this page and I will apply all the tips in my home to save more electricity, as in this time of recession, everyone needs to save some more money so why not saving electricity should be our first step to manage our household budget in a better and more affordable way.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on April 30, 2009:
You are welcome Lgali.
Lgali on April 30, 2009:
Thanks for the nice tips.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on April 30, 2009:
Thanks electricians st. I will definitely rate your hub.
electricians st from uk on April 09, 2009:
very nice hub....lovely presentattion, feel free to rate my hub also if you like ..please
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2009:
Yes, you have got it right dear Princeland. Of course people using less electricity will pay less according to the per unit ratio. This step is really successful in maintaining electricity and saving electric consumption.
princeland from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2009:
Yes I agree with you soni that the rates for BSES and others increase as per the per unit consumption. There is a slab made in which people using less electricity as in benefit whereas people who use more electricity pay more for their electricity bill. The steps you have mentioned sound to me really solid and full proof and I like the way again you have elaborated your tips in points. Thanks for creating such useful hubs.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on March 25, 2009:
Thanks Paul for the appreciation. Yes we can be friends. You too have a nice day.
paul on March 03, 2009:
Hi, what a nice hub,We can friend .Have nice day
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2008:
Thanks countrywomen and Miss G for visiting this hub.
Miss G on November 24, 2008:
It's the first tip I listed.....
Great hub! Thanks for the tips!
Miss G on November 24, 2008:
There is ONE more thing you can do to save your energy bill. I saw it on Oprah..I posted this link in my hub for others to find one of the best ways to save...This woman saved about 90 dollars on her bill. http://www.gomestic.com/Personal-Finance/Money-Sav...
countrywomen from Washington, USA on November 24, 2008:
Good tips. I will pass it on to my parents in India. Here in US the power bill isn't that much for me in my small appartment.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2008:
Mohideen Basha from TRICHY, TAMIL NADU, INDIA. on November 23, 2008:
nice hub with full of useful information
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on November 13, 2008:
You are welcome quicksand. Actually this is my real story which I have explained to you and the tips have been tried by me in my own life, so you can use them easily.
quicksand on November 13, 2008:
Thanks for the valuable tips. I'll try out some of them.